You don’t have to jet off to the Caribbean to have a fun spring break; Lake Michigan is just as beautifully blue! And the recent weather has been downright balmy (50 degrees in February?!). Check out these local travel ideas, events and specials for your Northern Michigan spring break.

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes
Hike Empire Bluff Trail, make the trek from the Dune Climb to Lake Michigan and catch a sunset at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (snowshoes and skis only—the drive is closed to traffic during winter). If we get snow, sled the Dune Climb!

Be Artsy Fartsy
Check out the 2017 Youth Art Show showcasing the artwork of students K–12 in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. The exhibition ends March 25. Then learn how to make your own masterpiece at Crooked Tree Art Center’s Spring Break Camps. Check out the full schedule of classes here (March 27–31), which include faux fused glass and wild wearables!

Catch a Matinee
Traverse City’s State Theatre is offering FREE films Friday, March 24 through Thursday, March 30. Get the movie schedule here.

Bring Back Groovy
Dig the neon and vintage sweaters out of your closet for Retro Weekend at Crystal Mountain. Be sure to rock a side ponytail at retro aerobics and get ready to party slope-side at the dance party and bbq. Check out the full schedule of events

Think Outside the Box
Do you have what it takes to escape from Know Way Out? You and a team must work together to get out of a meticulously themed “locked” room by solving puzzles, finding hidden clues and deciphering codes. Ages 13 and up. 

Attend Musical Theatre Camp
From Monday through Friday (9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.), students rehearse the musical Disney’s Aladdin, Kids with minimal sets and costumes. Performances are held Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Space is limited to 40 students (ages 8–16), so reserve your spot!

Have Fun in the Sun
It’s 5 p.m. and the sun is still out (mind blowing!). Enjoy this hint of warmer weather to come and take an evening hike or walk the beach. Here are 10 of our favorite trails. While it’s very unlikely, you might encounter a black bear coming out of hibernation. Just in case, here’s “How to Survive a Northern Michigan Bear Encounter.”

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