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Paddle Northern Michigan’s Beautiful Chain of Lakes Water Trail

100-plus miles. 84 access sites. 12 interconnected lakes and rivers.
1 inspired mission to create the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. Get out there and...

10 Things To Do in Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes Region

The Charlevoix and Chain of Lakes Region is full of activities for the entire family. From exploring some of Northern Michigan's best golf courses...

Northern Michigan Fall Color Map: Last Chance for Peak Color!

2021 Fall Color Map Coming Soon! Check back on September 17, and then watch each week for updated, current conditions.  We're partnering with Tom...

Enjoy Petoskey Wine Region Wineries This Fall Safely & Deliciously!

PAID CONTENT Want to sample some of Northern Michigan's best wines? Good news! It’s ready and waiting for you in the Petoskey Wine Region. All PWR...

6 Northern Michigan Orchards with U-Pick Cherries

Northern Michigan bursts with plump, juicy cherries in July, and somehow they taste even better when you pick them yourself. Follow roadside signs...

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Northern Michigan

For full immersion in the sweet scent of pillowy spring cherry blossoms, take these memorable Northern Michigan drives. Cherry trees typically...


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Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!