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July 2023 Events Calendar: 20+ Can’t-Miss Summer Events

Summer is heating up in Northern Michigan with 20+ local events taking place across the region. Be sure to check back! We’ll continue to update this...

Red Hot Best 2023: The Best of Benzie & Leelanau

The votes have been counted and the results are in for the BEST in Benzie and Leelanau County! From Frankfort to Northport, here are your 2023 Red...

Red Hot Best Winners 2023: The Best of Northern Michigan

The 2023 Red Hot Best results are in! Explore all 46 categories, 8 regions and 900+ winners below or search by region and make this your Red Hot...

Start Your Summer with 30+ Northern Michigan Events

It's finally feeling like summer in Northern Michigan! We’re kicking off June with 30+ festivals, concerts, community celebrations and more local...

Sip Like a Local: Leelanau Wineries, Breweries & Cideries

Leelanau is known as “The Land of Delight,” so you might imagine that when the ingredients are Leelanau-grown and the bottles are poured in the...

Your Guide to the Best Leelanau Peninsula Beaches

Northern Michigan Beaches: Use the MyNorth.com guide to the best Leelanau beaches to find “the delight of your life.”

Your Ultimate Sleeping Bear Dunes Guide from Head to Toe

Thinking that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore begins and ends at the Dune Climb? Think again. That 284-foot-high mountain of sand is a...

2023 Leelanau Insider’s Guide from Suttons Bay to Glen Arbor

From biking local wineries to kayaking area rivers and lakes, here are 6 of our favorite ways to discover the treasures of the beautiful Leelanau...


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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!