Spending an entire summer at the beach is a great idea—but if you want to do something different with your kids this summer, try one of these fun activities!
1. Go fruit picking.
No matter what kind of fruit you like, it’s likely to be available at one of Michigan’s dozens of U-Pick farms or orchards. Bonus tip: in addition to fresh fruit, think of all the pie and jam possibilities!
2. Take a camping trip.
Even if you’re just putting up a tent in the backyard, camping is an adventure! If you’re up for taking a trip, check out some of Michigan’s beautiful state parks, such as Pictured Rocks or Sleeping Bear Dunes. Don’t forget hot dogs and marshmallows!
3. Visit Mackinac Island.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live somewhere where cars aren’t allowed? Now you can find out! Visit Mackinac Island for a day, or stay overnight. Ride bikes around the 8-mile circumference of the island, watch the sunset over the lake, and grab some famous fudge.
4. Stay in a lighthouse.
Bordered by lakes on three sides, Michigan has 129 lighthouses—more than any other state. Make it your summer goal to visit as many as possible. You can even spend the night in some of them, such as the Big Bay or Jacobsville lighthouses!
5. Check out a zoo or museum.
School may be out, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to stop learning! There are many zoos and kid-friendly museums in Michigan, including the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids and the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw.
6. Enjoy Michigan’s Adventure.
Is the summer heat getting to you? There’s an option better than sticking your head in the freezer! Michigan’s Adventure is a waterpark combined with an amusement park, with one flat rate getting you admission to both.
7. Have a bonfire.
Nothing says summer like a picnic and a bonfire in the backyard, s’mores included. Make it a night to remember by having a water balloon fight!
8. Bike on one of Michigan’s many trails.
Riding bikes is a great way to explore an area and get the family outside in the beautiful Michigan summer! Plus, you’ll probably be able to find an ice cream shop along the way that will be the perfect place to rest (and get a snack).