You’ll find a little bit of everything in Michigan—big cities, small towns, national parks, beaches, and even a European influence in many towns. (We’re looking at you, Holland). Consider one of these family weekend trips in Michigan for your next adventure.
Detroit has long been a fantastic and educational destination for families, though, considering it's the birthplace of the automobile. You can tour the Ford Piquette Plant where Henry Ford invented the Model T, even stopping for a photo in an old car. For more history, head to The Detroit Historical Society, where you can walk what looks like the old streets of Detroit. Be sure to have coneys (hot dogs) while you're in town, too -- they"re a big deal in Detroit!
Looking for a place to stay? See Detroit Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Inn on Ferry Street
The recently remodeled Mission Point Resort is another popular choice, with lakeside fun including swimming, golfing and kite flying. There's also an arcade, movie theater, and kids' club, and kids under age 12 stay free.
Want to stay on the island? Find Mackinac Island Family Resorts.
Recommended Hotel: The Grand Hotel
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Other activities at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park include hiking, biking, swimming and camping. You can also stop by the historic Glen Haven General Store, or visit during the Port Oneida Fair in August; the fair lets visitors experience what Midwest life was like in the late 1800's/early 1900's. It's the perfect destination for a Michigan weekend getaway with kids.
Looking for a nearby hotel? See Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: The Homestead Resort
Traverse City also has a vibrant downtown scene that brims with new restaurants, breweries and wineries. Other highlights include skiing at Hickory Hills, getting lost in Jacob's Corn Maze, and zipping down the slides at Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City.
Find Traverse City Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf and Spa Resort
The up-and-coming city has been compared to cities in Europe for its world-class museums, festivals and restaurants. Check out the Downtown Market for fresh pastries, meat and produce; learn about our 38th president at the Gerald R. Ford Museum; and explore the Meyer May House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Looking for a family-friendly hotel? See Grand Rapids Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ann Arbor
Holland has several beaches, parks, and lakes, too -- take a cruise for close-up views and great photos of Holland Harbor Light, otherwise known as the Big Red Lighthouse. Parents -- Holland also has a hip downtown scene that's well-known for its breweries and distilleries.
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Holland
Recommended Hotel: Sun 'n Sand Resort
Recommended Hotel: Starlite Resort