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Empire Bluff Trail Adventures at Sleeping Bear Dunes

| PAID CONTENT This Northern Michigan hike is always a must on a visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National...

Events Celebrating the Sleeping Bear Dunes 51st Anniversary

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is celebrating its 51st anniversary with community, virtual events for all. The anniversary celebration...

Leelanau by Kayak: 5 Favorite Lake Michigan, River & Lake Paddles

Some of the best Northern Michigan kayaking and paddling can be found in Leelanau County, including Lake Michigan along Sleeping Bear Dunes National...

Try These Northern Michigan Farmers Market Meals + Recipes

Leave your dinner plans behind and head to a local Northern Michigan farmers market. Let these farmers and their produce set the menu for your next...

10 Things to Do in 3 Days at Sleeping Bear Dunes: Summer Fun

| PAID CONTENT Summer is still here in Northern Michigan! Get out and explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s...

12 Perfect Picnic Spots in Northern Michigan

Is there anything better than a crusty baguette, fresh cherries and a good view? We don't think so. Spread out a blanket and enjoy these picnic...

3 New Outdoor Adventures You Can’t Miss in Northern Michigan

Even if you think you’ve seen and done it all in Northern Michigan, there's always new excursions popping up! From clear kayaks to wilderness...

Fall Color Drives & Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes

PAID CONTENT Fall in Northern Michigan, with its brilliant colors and fresh-start feel, is the perfect follow up to summer; and fall in Sleeping...


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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!