Families looking for a fun Northern Michigan vacation will love St. Ignace with its beaches, ranches, museums, central location and loads of family-friendly attractions. Experience the perfect family getaway in the Upper Peninsula city of St. Ignace, Michigan.

If your kids love animals, they’ll love visiting Oswald’s Bear Ranch! It’s the only place where you can pet a bear cub. Do you want to see tigers, otters, hyenas and more up close? Then head GarLyn Zoo Wildlife Park. It’s an intimate family-run zoo with animals from North America, like alligators and porcupines, as well as those from around the world—African lions and ring-tailed lemurs.

St. Ignace is nearby plenty of superb beaches, like the Local Sand Dune Spot in the Hiawatha National Forest with 6 miles of beautiful, sandy beach on Lake Michigan. You’ll find a bunch of other beaches just a short drive away, too!

There’s also American Legion Memorial Park, which has a beach area with a view of Mackinac Island. Picnic tables, a pavilion with tables and grills, a playground and restrooms make it easy to spend the whole day there. Similarly, in downtown St. Ignace on Lake Huron’s Moran Bay, you’ll find sandy Kiwanis Beach with a picnic area and pavilion.

Photo(s) by St. Ignace Visitors Bureau