Michigan Vacations

A woman enjoying her road trip

Michigan Vacations

Are you planning your vacation in the US for this year? What about Michigan vacations for you and your family? Michigan is full of fun activities for everyone, no matter your interests and age group. If you’ve already decided on Michigan vacations for this year, maybe you’ll want to read further and find out about all the fun things you and your family can do in this state.

Are you planning your vacation in the US for this year? What about Michigan vacations for you and your family? Michigan is full of fun activities for everyone, no matter your interests and age group. If you’ve already decided on Michigan vacations for this year, maybe you’ll want to read further and find out about all the fun things you and your family can do in this state.

1350px MarquetteParkMI

Michigan City is quite an interesting place to start your Michigan vacations. If you’re looking for things to do in Michigan City, it has a little something for everyone: from museums to shopping centres, to wineries and outdoor activities, you’ll find it all. You’ll never really have to wonder what to do in Michigan City.

About culture, you’ll be able to find great art at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, a place that includes art galleries, exhibitions, activities for art education, and even an annual art festival that takes place in August – so, perfect for summer vacations. You’ll enjoy appreciating the art, while your kids can learn new things through one of the many workshops hosted at the Center.

For the adults, we recommend a trip to Shady Creek Winery, where you’ll be able to enjoy many amazing local wines. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ll love Burn’Em Brewing or Shoreline Brewery, places in which you can try many different craft beers which include not only local brands but also new brews from around the world.

There is also something for the History fans, in the form of the Barker Mansion, The Great Lake Museum of Military History and the Old Lighthouse Museum. Each of these places offers great insights into our past and, as well, into our future. Through the past, you can understand where we’re heading in our future, and discover stories and tidbits of information that might be interesting to many. As you can see, there are many Michigan City tourist attractions that you’ll love, no matter what rows your boat.

Barker Mansion P7190107
Photo of Barker Mansion

Michigan City attractions will have you entertained for a long time on your Michigan vacations no matter your taste.

Grand Rapids is home to a series of festivals that are very inclusive and fun for everyone. Back in the old days, it started with the ArtPrize festival, in which visitors were invited to vote on their favourites from a series of art installations. It used to include over one thousand and five hundred pieces of art from different artists, a very beautiful sight to see in the itself lovely Grand Rapids.

Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids

In June, you can check out the Festival of the Arts, which has six different stages with music, dance and visual arts. It was inspired by the Calder sculpture “La Grande Vitesse”, and since 1969 it amazes everyone who visits it. Grand Rapids sure enjoys its festivals and most of them have free entry for everyone who wants to join in on the fun.

Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids
Next Festival: June 5,6,7 2020
For more information visit: festivalgr.org

Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival

Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival is the youngest festival in the area, and started in 2017. It includes martial arts and Asian dance performances, origami workshops and Asian food and beer, just to mention a few of the Asian-inspired activities you’ll find. It’s a great chance to immerse yourself in Asian culture and learn something new.

20170610 IMG 0442 2
Next Festival: June 12,13 2020
Entrance: Free
For more information visit: grasianfestival.com

The GRandJazzFest, the Polish Festival and the Hispanic Festival are also hosted at the Grand Rapids, and you’ll enjoy them thoroughly. The GRandJazzFest is free and offers 10 jazz concerts in just two days. The Polish Festival is organised by The Polish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids, and it’s a huge fest of Polish music, culture and food that will make any family happy.

Next Festival: N/A
For more information visit: grandjazzfest.org

Welcome Queens 2020
American Polish Festival
Next Festival: July 10-12, 2020
For more information visit: americanpolishfestival.com

The Hispanic Festival is usually hosted in August in a three-day event that is family-friendly, free to everyone and open to the general public. There is a Mercadito (little market), live entertainment, kid activities, dancing, food and beverages.

The Hispanic Festival
Next Festival: N/A
More information: No accurate information found on the next event

In the Great Lakes Bay, you can find amusement parks that are open during sunny days and rainy days as well. Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark has an indoor water amusement park that includes a relaxing “lazy river”, fun water slides for everyone, and cabanas that can hold an entire family for their stay at this relaxing water park.

For sunny days, there is the Roll Arena, an amazing roller that made the top ten in USA Today’s list for the whole US for amusement water parks. There is also Valley Lanes Family Entertainment Center, which offers 32 lanes of bowling and indoor miniature golf, for those rainy days in which you have a hard time finding activities for the whole family.

413px AnnarborskylinePhoto of Downtown Ann Arbor at sunset

Ann Arbor offers a great amount of activities for different tastes, all related to culture but not exclusively art. As an example, there are Travel Thursdays all year round which provide what it’s called a “food exploration”, great for foodies and cuisine enthusiasts alike.

For the younger ones, there is the Hands-On Museum. It includes something for kids of all ages: from building blocks in many colours that are just perfect for babies, to interactive fauna and flora from Michigan in exhibits that will entertain not just kids but adults and teenagers as well.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center provides stargazing, vegetable gardens and butterfly greenhouses that will thrill everyone who gets to know it. If you’re more of a drama buff, you’ll love Wild Swan Theater, which presents classics like The Wizard of Oz and other family-friendly theatre events.

If you’re feeling a little bit hungry after all these activities, don’t forget to stop by Zingerman’s Delicatessen for a great sandwich, cheese, or baked goods. All their foods are amazing and healthy, and you’ll find the perfect meal for each family member.

Culture in Ann Arbor never stops through the whole year, so no matter the time of the year you choose for your trip, you’ll always have some activity ready. Some are family-friendly while some are more geared towards the culturally inclined, but there’s something for everyone all year round.

1280px Holland State ParkPhoto of Lake Michigan beach

Traverse City is one of the best small towns in Michigan state. Lake Michigan is the hub where all the beaches in this area converge to. There is no better place to enjoy summer in this state if you’re a fan of white sand and water that is perfect to swim in. This is quite an affordable place to have a summer vacation as well, especially if you’re enjoying your RV rental in Michigan. All beaches are free, you can rent an RV for a very low price that will have space for all your family, and you’ll love everything about Traverse City’s beaches.

Bryant Park Beach is a favourite of ours with its picnic areas, a playground, and golden sand. It also has a lifeguard on duty, which will make your vacation a lot safer and keep you carefree while your children splash in the still waters of Lake Michigan.

If you’re looking for calm and peace, maybe you’ll enjoy Good Harbor Beach, within view of the Manitou Islands and a stream leading from northern Michigan’s amazingly tight-knit forests that ends in Lake Michigan. However, for a compromise between the two beaches we mentioned, there is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where you can climb the white sand dunes that fill the lakeside with your kids. It’s perfect family-friendly fun and you can also enjoy the safe waters without a worry in your mind.

If you’re asking yourself “What is the most beautiful place in Michigan?”, St. Ignace is well known for its beautiful views – in fact, it’s one of the postcards from the state that will make you love your Michigan vacations. One of the Michigan vacation ideas we have for you is checking out the ivory-white towers that compose the Mackinac Bridge. This bridge connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is an amazing place to watch the deep blue waters of the Strait.

One of the best summer activities in Michigan is to do the Mackinac Bridge walk, which happens at the end of the warmest season. This walk is only allowed on Labor Day, but it will totally be worth the wait.

If you’re into camping, rent an RV or pitch a tent in the Straits State Park to watch the bridge at night: after the sun goes down, the whole bridge is illuminated by a hundred of lovely lights that create a path over the Strait. You can also use a kayak to paddle the waters for fun, or if you’re an experienced diver, explore the wonders under water to find the ancient shipwrecks at the Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve.

Promotion of current RVs available to rent in Michigan

For an amazing adventure, you’ll love getting a seat on one of the numerous buggies that travel across the Silver Lake sand dunes. The buggies from Mac Wood’s travel all the way to the top of the desert-resembling dunes and then quickly down to the other side, making this a must-have experience in your Michigan vacations. It’s a perfect Michigan outdoor adventure with the buggy drivers explaining the natural events that developed this amazing looking bright sand dunes.

If you have your own boat, you’ll love to drive it across Silver Lake for water skiing or picnics at the foot of the dunes. You can also climb up Little Sable Point Lighthouse for lovely views of the dunes, Silver Lake, and Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect spot for sightseeing.

You can also head to Silver Lake State Park, which offers a Lake Michigan beach great for sunbathing and swimming a bit if that’s what rows your boat.

In the summer, you can enjoy a cruise aboard the Jade Lady boat with Lady of the Lakes Sail Charters, or using the Jakab, a vintage yacht that sails St. Clair River all summer long. Both these trips will give you a lot of sightseeing and enjoying Michigan’s beautiful shoreline.

There’s much more about Detroit than the steel towers that compose a lot of its landscape: in fact, you’ll find them to be an amazing backdrop for adventure activities in the Riverfront. At the Riverfront, you’ll find plenty of cheap family-friendly activities that you’ll enjoy thoroughly.

William G. Milliken State Park

1920px William G. Milliken State Park and HarborPhoto of Milliken State Park, MI

Michigan’s only urban state park, William G. Milliken State Park, has beautiful wetlands and wildflowers that will leave you in awe, and for the kids, it’s right across the Cullen Family Carousel, decorated with Michigan-inspired fish, frogs and birds.

Rent a Bike

The city also provides you with inexpensive bikes that you can rent to cross the RiverWalk to Mount Elliott Park, a fun park with a splash pad and water toys. You can also use your bikes to cross the bridge to Belle Isle State Park, where you’ll find a lovely swimming beach, aquarium, nature zoo, kayaks for rent, and wonderful sightseeing spots that you can use to take a few pictures against the perfect backdrop of Detroit’s best green space.

A woman enjoying her road trip
From St. Ignace, you’ll find a road that’s perfect for road trips from Michigan city. You just need to cross the Mackinac Bridge to find an amazing spot for scenic views, and the US-2 road has plenty of wonderful sites to visit across the road until Manistique.

The first place you’ll go by is the famous Mystery Spot, and then the road comes together with the shorelines of Lake Michigan for plenty of spectacular views. It’s the perfect road trip with many spots for picnics in the dunes or swimming Lake Michigan.

If you get hungry on your way, you must try the Upper Peninsula Pasties. Hiawatha Pasties in Naubinway offers amazing pasties that you can’t miss. It’s just 45 minutes from St. Ignace, and even the locals travel there to taste the amazing food.

You also can’t miss the Cut River Bridge Overlook. About 25 miles west of St. Ignace, stop by for a lovely view of Lake Michigan and the Cut River. A trail and staircase will guide you to the valley floor if you’re looking for a small adventure in the middle of your road trip.

Many of the best Michigan’s landmarks sit on the Upper Peninsula. We invite you to get to know the Isle Royale National Park, either for rustic backcountry camping, RV camping or, if you prefer, you can enjoy one of the cottages at Rock Harbor Lodge.

You can also hike along the Lake Superior cliffs and across the white-pine forests, paddle the pristine harbour of Isle Royale, or go for wildlife watching, with the large numbers of moose that walk the perimeter.

Look out for the beautiful views at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, in which you can hike the trails or pick up one of the boat cruises that go along the orange and red sandstone cliffs. You’ll find plenty of beautiful places in which you can vacation in Michigan along the Upper Peninsula, which is home to the most beautiful sightseeing you can imagine in Northern Michigan.

Visit the Keweenaw National Historical Park to find out about the copper mining history of the state of Michigan. The story of mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula goes all the way back to 7 thousand year-old Native American explorations, and you can learn all about it through mine visits, hiking trails and museums.

1280px Water and Covered Dune%2C Looking North%2C Saugatuck Dunes State Park%2C MichiganPhoto of Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan

From Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City to Copper Harbor and Grand Haven, you’ll love your trip to Lake Michigan’s Beaches. Do not confuse them with California’s beaches or New England beach towns because what you’re going to find is highly different. However, there’s a little bit for everyone in Michigan, and its beaches are nothing less than surprising.

You’ll find beaches that are super touristy with plenty of activities, restaurants and bars, and you’ll find other places with a quiet atmosphere and perfect for a camping escape. Whatever you prefer, you’re guaranteed to eat and drink well – after all, we’re talking about the Great Beer State.

Many restaurants across Michigan’s beach-towns have taken in an approach of seasonality in their ingredients, local products, and cooking from scratch which will guarantee you an amazing meal.

There’s also a great emphasis on golfing and boating, which are common in most Michigan’s beach towns. If you’re anywhere near Lake Michigan, you can be sure you’ll have the chance to do some boating and golfing. If you brought your boat along with you on this trip, you’ll enjoy your ride thoroughly.

Mystery Spot

DSC 0907Photo of Mystery Spot
N916 Martin Lake Rd, St Ignace, MI 49781, United States
More information:
If there’s one thing that’s not lacking in Michigan, are roadside attractions. Starting with the previously mentioned Mystery Spot, which uses visual tricks to create a unique experience, and which is perfect for Michigan outdoors adventures. You children will be thrilled with the comfortable weirdness of the place, which is just too fun to avoid.

Dinosaur Gardens

10Photo of Dinosaur Gardens
Location: 11160 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766, United States
More information:
You can also try out the Dinosaur Gardens, which are filled with life-size replicas of famous dinosaur species. It’s a 25-acre tour that you and your family will love in a self guided tour. Also, Dinosaur Gardens offers dinosaur-themed miniature golf, a fossil dig and frozen yoghurt for when you get hungry in your dinosaur hunt.

Christmas Wonderland

friendsPhoto of Christmas Wonderland
Location: 25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, United States
More information:
On the M-83, you’ll also discover a Christmas Wonderland open all year long. Frankenmuth is the closest city, and in there you’ll find Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, which is open 361 days in the year. The love and care used in creating this Christmas-themed store that is open all year long won’t be lost on you and you’ll feel the Christmas spirit even in the middle of the summer.

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

2009 0617 DaYooperTouristTrapPhoto of Da Yoopers Tourist Trap
Location: 490 North Steel St, Ishpeming Township, MI 49849, United States
More information:
Along the US 41, you can find Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. Many tourist traps are deceitful in what they do – not this one. In case you’re curious, Yoopers refers to the inhabitants of the Upper Peninsula, also known as U.P. You’ll find an enormous selection of souvenirs and displays of good old American humour in this Tourist Trap.

There are several amazing places to be discovered in your Michigan road trip. We suggest a few possible ideas for your time on the road.

The first one takes eight hours and a bit to complete, but it will take you across the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Michigan. From Tahquamenon Falls State Park to Bond Falls, this amazing road trip will show you the most amazing waterfalls in the state – and some of the most interesting in the whole country.

There’s also the Natural Wonders Road Trip, which takes you around the whole state, close to the beach-towns. It would take you a long time to see all the natural beauty in the state, but this road trip gets you really close to knowing many of the most beautiful spots. It takes 24 hours to complete the whole journey, so we suggest saving a few days for this Michigan road trip.

You can also take the Huron Shores Heritage Route, that goes all the way from Mackinaw City to Standish and shows you the lesser known shoreline at the state of Michigan. It covers 200 miles of shoreline along the US 23. Get to know the other coastline of the Mitten State, you won’t regret it.


Kayak Brewery Trip Advisor

For $69, you can have a full day of kayaking and visiting local breweries with the KaBrew! TC’s original Kayak, Bike & Brew Experience. The tour also includes biking, and it’s not for the faint of heart. However, if you’re looking for a true outdoor adventure in Michigan, you’ll love this trip that is made for the lovers of sports and a good beer.

Find out more at trip advisor: Kayak Brewery Tours – Trip Advisor

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Trip Advisor

If you have a day to spare in your Michigan vacations, try a Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Day for $169. Considered by many the “Most Beautiful Place in America”, this tour takes place at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Find out more at trip advisor: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Trip Advisor

Start your amazing day with a Dunes Hill Climb that will test your skills. From there, this tour takes you to Empire Beach on Lake Michigan, a perfect place for swimming or, for the younger ones, for playing in the sand. This stop at Empire Beach includes a small casual picnic for everyone participating in the tour.

After the picnic, the tour continues at Pierce Stocking Drive for a lot of sightseeing, which will make your trip worth it with an overlook at the stunning beauty of the Michigan coast.

Michigan state tours offer a bit for everyone.

For the beers lovers, we’ll let you know you’re in for a treat. For around $50, you can go on a Traverse City Microbrew Tour that will have you taste the best brews in the Beer State. From Lagers to Double IPAs, you’ll visit five breweries in five hours that will leave nothing to be desired from. You’ll be able to spend one hour at each brewery and taste all sorts of different beers that hop connoisseurs will love.

If you’re more interested in activities for the whole family, you can also visit the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, which is guaranteed fun for adults and kids. This aquarium offers dozens of displays of sea life, from lake to marine environments which will thrill everyone. The species included are over 5 thousand from sea horses to the giant Pacific octopus and everything you can think of in between.

Another great example of family fun in your Michigan vacations is the Crazy Dash Walking Adventure in Detroit. You’ll download an app that tells you your starting point. When you arrive at your starting point, you’ll have to send an SMS to begin the game. Once the game starts, you’ll visit ten different locations in which you have to complete crazy tasks. This is a great way to get to know Detroit and all the fun places the steel city has to offer.

Sunset image

In the winter, the sun sets in Michigan between 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm, depending on which area of the state you’re in. The Michigan state covers two time zones, so be prepared according to the place in which you’re going to camp or stay at a hotel: in Iron Mountain and Ironwood, the sun sets at 4.30 pm, whereas in most other towns the sunset will come around 5.30 pm.

So, be aware that as the sun sets early in the state of Michigan, you’ll have to be ready, especially if you’re RV camping. Get to your destination park or campsite early so you’ll be able to get everything you need done before the sun sets.

In the winter, usually at 6.30pm it’s dark outside, so you should take care of setting up camp before six. Afterwards, you can enjoy night-life activities such as going out for dinner at a restaurant, go bar-hopping, or maybe watch some play at the theatre.

If you plan your Michigan vacations for summertime, you’ll be able to enjoy a much longer day with the sun setting in Michigan city around 9pm. Summer is really the ideal time for vacations in Michigan. This will give you a lot more time to set up your camping gear and enjoy a sunset hike while it slowly gets dark.

Spring in Michigan is also lovely, with a nice fresh weather and trees blossoming. You’ll love Michigan any time of the year, to be honest – there’s so many things to do and so many sightseeing spots that you’ll never get bored.

Michigan’s name is based off a French interpretation of the indigenous word meaning “large water”, and it couldn’t be closer to the truth. Michigan is full of small towns that will amaze you, close to the enormous Lake Michigan.

The first small town we recommend visiting is Saugatuck, which grew from a huge port in the Kalamazoo river, to a cultural hub that will entertain people with all sorts of interests in life. If is home to the amazing Oval Beach, and is full of off-beat shopping spots with all types of interesting trinkets.

You can also enjoy a trip aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, departing from Wick’s Park and into the town coast. Throughout the year, there are plenty of amazing festivals to enjoy in Saugatuck.

Frankenmuth has been mentioned before in this guide and it’s also a great small town to visit in Michigan with its European-style architecture that will make you feel like you are walking the streets in Bavaria. Cross the Holz Brucke Bridge for amazing sightseeing.

Frankenmuth has been mentioned before in this guide and it’s also a great small town to visit in Michigan with its European-style architecture that will make you feel like you are walking the streets in Bavaria. Cross the Holz Brucke Bridge for amazing sightseeing.

You can also find the Bavarian Fest that offers plenty of Bavarian treats – food, drinks, desserts, and many German specialties. Frankenmuth is the ideal escapade for architecture fans or anyone interested in German culture.

Copper Harbor is also a great place to visit in your Michigan Vacations. We mentioned its past as a mining town previously, but you’ll also love the old port set up in Lake Superior. These days, the port is home to a ferry that takes you to the Isle Royale National Park, another favourite of ours.

You’ll also love Copper Harbor Lighthouse, and you can also enjoy a visit to a former frontier army base (Fort Wilkins Historic State Park) that has been restored recently. Copper Harbor is perfect for hiking across the city’s suburban paradise or biking along the coast. For the wildlife enthusiasts, the town hosts a birding festival as well.

We haven’t mentioned Hillsdale yet, but it’s worth a mention. A lovely college town that is located in the green hills of South Central Michigan, it’s perfect for a family vacation. Victorian homes line its streets in an environment that breathes and lives culture.

You and your family can enjoy the perfect weekend trips in Michigan by getting to know Hillsdale. Hike the Baw Beese Trail that takes you down to Sandy Beach Park, or enjoy a quiet afternoon of swimming and having fun at Baw Beese Lake.

If you have a fishing license, you’ll love to enjoy Spring in Michigan. Get yours ready for an amazing fishing time: once the flowers start to bloom in the area, fish swarm to the area and it’s the perfect weather for fishing. Not too cold, not too warm.

The last Saturday of April kicks off trout fishing season in Michigan, so why not celebrate with National Trout Festival in Kalkaska? You’ll love this event that not only offers trout fishing, but also a 5K run, mutt march and demolition derby.

Holland’s Tulip Time Festival creates the environment for what can be considered the most beautiful place in Michigan, when the flowers are in full bloom. This is not just one location, but a collection of tulip plantations all across the city of Holland in Michigan.

Holland’s Tulip Time Festival creates the environment for what can be considered the most beautiful place in Michigan, when the flowers are in full bloom. This is not just one location, but a collection of tulip plantations all across the city of Holland in Michigan.

Northern Michigan is also the perfect place to pick up morels in the spring, with the elusive mushroom enjoying the moist weather of the north of the state to grow wildly. Even though you have to be careful while picking mushrooms in the wild, it’s still quite an interesting activity that you can take up within a specialised group.

For this matter, in Boyne City there is hosted a mushroom festival, with a free mushroom-picking seminar as well as a guided morel hunt and a competition in which the winner is the one who picks the most morels.

Grand Rapids is also home to numerous beer festivals, known as the home of craft beer in Michigan. Founders Brewing Co is the center of all activities with home-style brews that the biggest beer fans will love.

In Michigan, there are plenty of summer activities to fill your days with. You have things to do outdoors like riding a bike in Detroit rent out through Wheelhouse Detroit, or visit the best zoo in Michigan, the Detroit Zoo.

The Detroit Zoo is home to more than two thousand different animals from zebras, amphibians, great apes and arctic animals. These animals find their place in the 125-acres this zoo occupies, with naturalistic sceneries for each species. The greatest new attraction at the Detroit Zoo in the amazing Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest of its kind in the world.

You can also go to a water park like Michigan’s Adventure, the state’s largest amusement and water park with fifteen large water attractions. If you’re in for the thrill, you’ll love the Shivering Timbers roller coaster that gets up to speeds of 65 mph.

If you love paddling, you’ll love the Ludington State Park Hamlin Lake Canoe Trail, in which you can rent a paddle board and ride the shoreline for over two miles. It’s a great family adventure if you have older kids, but not safe for the really young even though the waters are quite calm.

Mullet Lake is home to the Aloha State Park, in the middle of Inland Waterways. You can also venture out to what many people call the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Tawas Point State Park. In both these places you can paddle among the swans and under the soaring eagles.

If you’re an expert diver, you’ll love to get to know the amazing shipwrecks conserved by water in the depths of the Great Lakes. For the stargazers, there is Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park, a perfect spot for watching falling stars in the clear night sky.

We’ve talked about dune rides before, but if you’re looking for cheap things to do in Michigan, you’ll love the Saugatuck Dune Rides. It’s a fast, bumpy ride across Saugatuck’s Dunes that will leave you thrilled and it’s not expensive. Adults pay $22 and children under the age of three can go for free, as children aged 3 to 11 pay just $12.

Gilmore Car Museum is also a fun activity for the whole family, with a vintage car exhibition that spans for decades. The Automotive Heritage Center is open all year round and has over one hundred and fifty cars for show. Tickets range from free to children under the age of six or active military (under proof) to $10 for those between the ages of 7 and 17 and $15 for adults.

If art is your thing, you’ll love the Detroit Institute of Arts. With 86% 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, this place lets you tour their amazing collection of art from all eras, including mummies, African masks, modern art, and some pieces by Monet. Prices range from $6 to $14 and it will guarantee you a fun afternoon of learning and appreciating amazing art, with one of the most impressive collections in the US.

Another example of cheap things to do in Michigan is to take a horseback ride at the Rainbow Ranch, in the town of New Era, close to Shelby and Rothbury. The horses are well-trained and the family who owns the ranch knows how to make this a comfortable trip even for kids and non-experienced horseback riders. The prices range from $35 to $48 for a one hour or one hour-and-half trips, respectively.

If you’re on a budget, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of free activities for you and your kids in Michigan. Here we go!

You can enjoy one of the Michigan Farmers Markets, or if you have a fishing license, try one of the many Free Fishing Weekends that the state offers. Michigan is also home to none less than ninety-two lighthouses that you can watch from the outside – some have paid admission to enter, while some others are free to visit as you wish.

Michigan is also great for geocaching, with many lovely forests and parks to explore for free. You can also hike the North Country National Trail, that connects seven states and is completely free to walk in. Maybe bring your camping gear because you’ll obviously need to stop along the way!

Many of Michigan’s Festivals are free as well, and you’ll be able to enjoy food, drinks, desserts and many other treats like music, art, tulips, chocolate, kites… The choice is never-ending in Michigan!

There are also the Free Kid Flicks, from Celebration Cinema, that offers free admission to all children under 12 in a selection of movies, during a ten-week-long cinema festival for kids. Your children will also be able to enjoy Kids Bowl Free – all summer long – and Kids Skate Free all year round, which are two activities that will leave the younger ones occupied and having fun for a long time.

We also recommend the Rosa Parks Circle, a public art space in the middle of the Grand Rapids city. All year long there are festivals and hundreds of free events that mix art and culture for visitors of all ages.

We have already mentioned a few of the most beautiful places in Michigan, but in a guide like this one they are never enough. Read on to find a few of the most beautiful places in Michigan!

Kitch-iti-Kipi is a surprisingly homely place in the middle of the forest. You’ll love the gorgeous natural springs. The turquoise water is strangely clear, and the forest around it makes for a lovely scenery that you’ll never want to leave.

If reconnecting to nature is your ideal for a perfect vacation, you’ll love Nichols Arboretum. Located in Ann Arbor, it’s a natural oasis just a few minutes from the city’s downtown: a large park that has hiking trails, and perfect scenic beauty that will invigorate you completely. It is also quite close to the Huron River, and it’s perfect for visitors of all ages.

In the wonderful West Michigan, you’ll love Grand Haven State Park, from which you can access the beachfront easily and an absolutely stunning pier. It is also an amazing place from which to watch the sunset.

If you’re looking for nature untouched, you’ll be amazed by Fisherman’s Island. It’s a delightful state park in Charlevoix that offers a quiet lakefront experience that you and your loved ones will appreciate for years to come. Once you go there, you’ll want to come back.

Apart from the places we have mentioned previously, there are plenty of amazing places for weekend trips in Michigan. However, there are still some last suggestions we have for you.

The first perfect weekend getaway is Petoskey. Other than a summer vacation, Petoskey is an amazing winter wonderland, with three ski areas that provide visitors with 160 downhill ski runs, cross-country ski trails and snowboarding lessons for those who are still learning.

If you’re staying for the weekend, you might as well make a reservation at Inn at Bay Harbor, near Boyne, which offers you a place to return to for a hearty meal and a restful night.

In South Central Michigan, you can enjoy a history-themed weekend at the city of Jackson. There are several parks and monuments dedicated to many of the main historical events of the US. We recommend a Civil War Tour that will take you to many historical pit-stops like Evergreen Cemetery, Washington Park, Ella Sharp Museum, Under the Oaks Park and, finally, Michigan Military Heritage Museum.

If romance is what you’re after, Mackinac Island is perfect for a weekend escapade. Enjoy a walk, bike ride, or get carried by a horse carriage. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that! Go for tea at the Grand Hotel, a beautiful imposing building that you can also see from the ferry to the island.

This tour will definitely bring you back to the 1800s in a lovely time travel feeling. For all the couples out there wanting to restore the flame, this is our recommendation!


To sum up, there are so many activities you can do in your Michigan vacations that it was difficult to narrow them down to the ones we listed here. We recommend that you explore this state for its lovely beaches, piers and lighthouses; get to know the amazing museums and historical spots, and enjoy its many free festivals.

You’ll never feel bored in this state since there are so many amazing things to see. You can go on road trips, enjoy road trips from Detroit city, and generally follow our guide for the best Michigan vacations. No matter where you start, if you have enough time, you’ll love all the things the Mittens State has to offer. Just keep an eye open for the amazing natural beauty of the Grand Lake and the forests that surround it.

Enjoy the cities of Detroit and Michigan city for the best Michigan vacations you’ll ever have. Thank us later.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *