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

| PAID CONTENT With its snowy trails and frosted landscapes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a...

Final Ode to Summer: Northern Michigan Events this September 2022

Celebrate the final weeks of summer and prepare to welcome a gorgeous Northern Michigan fall with these local events, end-of-summer celebrations and...

This Natural Waterfront Home is a Beachcomber’s Dream

Beach Glass Home: With huge watery views, this diminutive house fits as naturally into its rarified site as a beachcomber's treasure. Take a look...

Libby’s Picks: 9 Events Happening This Weekend August 4-7

From Harbor Days in Elk Rapids to the Suttons Bay Art Fair, here are the Northern Michigan Events you’re not going to want to miss this weekend,...

30+ Events to Check Out this August 2022 in Northern Michigan

The final ode to summer! August welcomes everything from festivals and craft shows to concerts in the park. Don't miss the last full month of summer...

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset on Leelanau Peninsula

When a peninsula faces due west, you have to know the sunsets are epic. Here are five of our favorite Leelanau places, from Northport to Empire, to...

Red Hot Best Winners 2022: The Best of Northern Michigan

After more than 63,100 nominations and 177,700 votes, a record-breaking 22,200 people voted in the 2022 MyNorth Red Hot Best Awards to kick off the...

Libby’s Picks: Events Happening this Weekend June 3-5

Libby’s Picks is Back! Dive in as our MyNorth Media and Traverse Magazine Office Manager extraordinaire Libby Stallman shares the best events...


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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!