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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 on Lake Michigan along Sleeping Bear Dunes...

Try These Northern Michigan Farmers Market Meals + Recipes

Leave your meal plans behind and head to your local Northern Michigan Farmers Market! Discover how you can build your next menu based on what's...

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...

Open-Water Swimming in Northern Michigan is Epic & Beautiful

Open water swimming in Lake Michigan and other Northern Michigan lakes and bays is stunning, transformative and challenging. Dedicated open water...

Red Hot Best 2021: Top 7 Northern Michigan Hiking Trails

Northern Michigan’s incredible scenic landscapes and miles of marked trails have long made it a hiker’s paradise, whether you’re climbing sand dunes...

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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!

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