Three Things to Do Outside with Kids in Petoskey and Harbor Springs

What better way to spend an afternoon than a hayride through a quaint farm, casting off in a fishing pond close to Petoskey’s bustling downtown, or touring the famous Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center? Kids will have plenty of observations and stories to share on the ride home!

Kids Fishing Pond

Kids will love tossing a line in this spring-fed trout pond in Petoskey’s Bayfront Park, stocked with “retired” trout from nearby Oden State Fish Hatchery. The waterfront park also has a waterfall, marina, picnic area, and pedestrian tunnel to the shops in downtown Petoskey—for when the kiddos inevitably get restless. PETOSKEYAREA.COM.

petoskey bayfront park

Pond Hill Farm

This working farm and market has a whole barnful of cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and geese for feeding and petting, plus the “Squash Rocket”—a giant slingshot for flinging squash into the fields—and hay rides every weekend from May through October. Five miles north of Harbor Springs on M-119. 231-526-FARM PONDHILLFARM.COM.

pond hill farm

Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center

Every year, more than a million rainbow and brown trout are raised at this cool facility—one of the most advanced of its kind—for release into Michigan rivers. With tours, interpretive exhibits, and big ponds full of “retired” fish that you can feed, this is a great destination for a kid-friendly day trip. 8258 S. AYR RD., ODEN, 231.348.0996.

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