Family Vacations to Michigan

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Michigan Family Vacation Guide

Sometimes the best trips are the ones that surprise you. Michigan is a state full of surprises for the entire family.  Make sure to pack running shoes and snack packs. Everyone will love the adventure that awaits.

Why Go

  • Outdoor adventures are always on tap in Michigan. Get ready to go camping, fishing, hiking, biking and take advantage of golf courses for all ages.

  • Visit in the fall time to take in the true beauty of everything the area offers, from the festivals celebrating the soul Detroit’s city streets to the many protected national forested parks.

  • There’s plenty of variety offered. From quaint towns and romantic lighthouses to cities like Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan has it all.

  • Beauty abounds during all seasons. Visit the scenic lakes and beaches, gorgeous sand dunes and picturesque forests of this diverse area.

Where to Go



If your looking for a city, start in Detroit. You’ll find all of its history, arts and culture seeping through its streets. Take the kids here to for some city fun before heading deeper into the state for a trip that will have the family getting back to classic fun.

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Mackinac Island

Stroll through the streets, hop on a horse-drawn carriage, or while the hours away on a rocking chair on the porch of a grand-old hotel on the remote Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan.

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Traverse City

If you go north, you’ll run into Traverse City. A family’s paradise, this little slice offers beaches, biking, mini golf and paddle boarding.

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Ann Arbor

Don’t miss visiting this city for its famous art fair and to taste some of the state’s best cuisine. Visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, featuring kid-friendly interactive exhibits.

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What to Do

  • Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera.
  • Head over to Hitsville, U.S.A., the first headquarters for all things Motown.
  • Make sure to take the kids to Eastern Market, one of the largest public markets in the U.S., and make a stop at the Henry Ford museum where kids can get their hands on the technology moving America forward.
  • If the weather is right, take a Fall Color tour of the forests and nature in Traverse City
  • Must-see outdoor attractions include a stop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore where 200-foot cliffs will tower over you, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where freshwater dunes tower over Lake Michigan.
  • Pile back in the car and head west to Grand Rapids, where families can choose to see a historical village or an amusement park, or both.

Getting Around

You’ll need a car for any major trip in and around Michigan. Depending where you’re headed, expect to spend between one and five hours in the car from one destination to another. You’ll be able to park it in Detroit though and use the People Mover to get around the city. This light-rail system is a quick and easy way to go from one side of downtown to the other.

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