55+ Vacation Ideas to do in Michigan


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55+ Things To Do On Vacation In Michigan

Michigan has so many great things to see and do.  Our family has had many vacations in Michigan and attended a few festivals that we just had to see.  We have compiled a list of vacation ideas to do in Michigan.  They are grouped by area of Michigan to help you find things in the area you may be traveling.  There are over 55 things to do on vacation listed.  Check back here as we will be adding to the list of what you can do on vacation in Michigan.

zehnders chicken dinner

East Central

Over 15 things to do on Frankenmuth – What you can see and do around Frankenmuth.

Make Pretzels at the Bavarian Inn – Located in Frankenmuth, you can make an appointment to make pretzels at the Bavarian Inn with you family.

Michigan Bee Festival – Happening in Frankenmuth, see all things bee related.  Perfect for beekeepers and bee lovers.

The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan
Located on Mackinac Island, is the famous Grand Hotel.

North East

Drive the Mackinac Bridge – It’s about a 15 minute drive over the 5 mile long bridge.  Maximum speed is 35 mph.

Stay at the Grand Hotel season closing ceremony – This is an awesome event to do. You stay the night the last night the hotel is open  for the season on Mackinac Island.

Mighty Mac – Enjoy a look at the Mackinac Bridge that connect Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

Mushroom houses in Cheboygan – See the famous mushroom homes build by Earl Young in Cheboygan Michigan.

Visit Traverse City during the National Cherry Festival held in July. Lots to see and do!
Michigan has many beaches to sit and enjoy. Make seeing all of Michigan’s beaches your next vacation in Michigan.

North West

Cherry Festival – Located in Traverse City, the cherry capital of the world, you’ll find every cherry to celebrate in July.

8 family friendly places to see around Frankfort Michigan.  A perfect relaxing getaway to enjoy Morthern Michigan.

11 Inexpensive things to do near Petoskey Michigan – Petoskey is a beautiful area in Michigan. There are many things you can do with your family here.

Oden’s Fish Hatchery – Fun for the kids and free.  See how fish are raised to be put in the lakes and streams.

Petoskey has must see attractions if you are in the area – We found some attractions you will want to see in Petoskey.

Roadside attractions in Traverse City – Love unique and quirky?  We’ve found them here in Traverse City.

Shetlers Dairy – (Permanently closed) Located in Kalkaska, this family run dairy has a store you can purchase a variety of items.  They even process their own milk.

Tunnel of Trees – This is a beautiful trail to take along Lake Michigan’s coast.

So what all exactly is there to do in Detroit Michigan? A LOT. Check out this list of over 20 Detroit attractions & Detroit museums. Lots to see & do while visiting, vacations or on your way through. - eattravellife.com
Home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park

Detroit Metro

7 things you must see in Detroit – New to Detroit, we have our favorite 7 things to see in town.

20+ Detroit museums and attractions – There are many things to see in Detroit, including these museums and attractions.

Detroit Auto Show – Now happening in June and inside and out, you’ll want to add this to see the gorgeous cars in Detroit.

Detroit Flyhouse – Ever wish you could fly?  Try it out with these acrobatics in Detroit.

Greenfield Village Holidays -Experience Greenfield Village during Christmas time.

Motown – Hitsville  –  See the house where Motown started in Detroit.

portrait of dreams lansing michigan downtown
See the Portrait of Dreams in Downtown Lansing Michigan

Mid-Michigan Vacation Ideas

Art Walk – Chalk it Up – In St. Johns Michigan, mid-September, artists chalk up the sidewalks with their beautiful art.

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town – Located in Lansing, in June, you can become a tourist in your own town.  Purchase a pass, ride the bus and take your family to several attractions for your low cost pass.

Charlotte Frontier Days – The second weekend in September (after Labor Day) and a few days before, you can come to celebration that lasts for 5 days. Craft shows, the saloon and rodeos are fun for the whole family.

Dairy Festival – In July, celebrate all things dairy at Elsie Michigan’s Dairy Festival.

Impression 5 Museum – Located in downtown Lansing, your kids will love spending the day exploring the Impression 5 Science Museum.

Family friendly things to do in Greater Lansing – Bring the family and come see the family friendly things you can do with your crew.

Murals in Lansing – Located all over Lansing, you will find over 35 gorgeous murals

Michigan Nordic Fire Festival – Happening in late February in Charlotte, attend this Viking festival complete with people dressed as Vikings, period food, and lots of fun activities.

Michigan School for the Blind  – Located at the school for the blind is a marker sharing the history of the school that is no longer there.  But you can see on the sign, that there is braille, which is rare for a historic sign.

Mid-Michigan Donut Trail – there are so many cool donut shops in mid-Michigan. Which is your favorite?

Potter Park Zoo – located in Lansing, not far from downtown, there is a huge zoo!

ScrapFest – Come to Lansing in July and see what local artists can make from things they found in the scrap yard.

St. Johns Mint Festival – Celebrate everything mint in August at the Mint Festival in St. Johns.

Visit Sweetie-licious – In Dewitt Michigan, you can visit the famous bakery that has been on the Food Network channel.  Lots of great treats to choose from!

South East

Hell Michigan – Located West of Howell, you’ll find the small town of Hell. With all the schtick you would expect.  There are many photo opportunities, souvenirs, and a dam.  Play a round of good, enjoy ice cream from the screamery.  Family friendly and a good laugh.

Michigan Renaissance Festival – Located in Holly, the festival runs several weekends starting in August and ending in October.  You can dress up, eat a turkey leg or enjoy a pickle.

Tiny Lions – spend an hour (or 2) snuggling with cats in Ann Arbor.  Enjoy coffee and cats at this adoption location.

Battle Creek is best known for being Cereal City, there is a lot more to see when you visit Battle Creek Michigan.
beautiful art sculptures in downtown Battle Creek Michigan

South West

Roadside attractions in Battle Creek Michigan – Driving through Battle Creek, there are some beautiful attractions to see downtown.

Michigan vacation idea Marquette Michigan

Upper Peninsula

Along Lake Superiors Shoreline – Lots of sights to see driving along Lake Superiors lake shore.

Eagle Harbor – Jam Pot – This is a cute stop that is a shop run by monks!

8 things to see in Escanaba Michigan – Wondering what to do in Escanaba?  We’ve got some ideas.

Lakenenland Sculpture Park – This is a free (donations accepted) drive thru or walk through park made from junk.  It’s a must stop to see what’s new.

Stay at the Laurium – a Mansion in the Keewenaw peninsula. Tours are also available for a fee.

Experience the fun town of Marquette.  So many things for your family to see and do downtown.

UP State Fair  –  the Upper Peninsula has it’s own state fair! A fun time for all.

Wisconsin – Michigan border roadside attractions – Located on the western edge of Michigan, some beautiful and fun roadside attractions.

grand rapids michigan childrens museum
See the Michigan’s Children’s Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan.

West Michigan

Family friendly things to do in Grand Rapids Michigan –  Grand Rapids Michigan has so many family friendly things you can do.  From museums to great food, you need to stop and check it out.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – Take your kids to Grand Rapids, and explore the children’s muesum.  Lots of things to touch, play and enjoy.

Grand Tasting Event – This event happens in the summer and is a great way to get a taste of Michigan’s great foods and help local food banks.

President Gerald Ford’s Presidential Museum – Located in Grand Rapids, this is a museum full of the history of President Gerald Ford’s life before and during his presidency.

Holland Tulip Festival – Happening in early May, you will want to come experience the Tulip Festival in Holland.

State Wide Michigan Vacation Ideas

Christmas in Michigan – 4 places to experience Christmas in Michigan.

Murals in Michigan – Beautiful street murals located around Michigan.

unique festivals in Michigan –  festivals in Michigan that make you go what?

Where do you vacation in Michigan?

Dundee Michigan welcome sign

Must see 50+ Michigan vacation ideas for your entire family. From light houses, to Mackinaw Island. The UP to Detroit. Best things to do in Michigan.


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