Last Hurrah for Summer Fun
A wealth of family-oriented attractions awaits you in Michigan with activities and pure fun for all ages.
Spend the day at Adventure Island in Cadillac and enjoy Mountain Golf, 18 challenging holes with waterfalls and caves, or try out some of the most exciting karts in Michigan on our Go Kart Track. You can try out your swing in the Batting Cages, enjoy a spin in 2-person bumper boats, or have fun in a state-of-the-art video arcade game center. Cool down in our waterpark on an open bodyslide or hydrotube-speed waterslide.
A magnificent steam railroad and a living history village of 34 historic structures, including Masters Cider Mill are on tap at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint. Friendly villagers in period dress welcome you to the homes, mills and shops where they demonstrate crafts and skills of the 1800's. Live entertainment in the Opera House, vintage amusement park rides and a beautiful paddlewheel riverboat add to the fun.
Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park and WildWater Adventure Waterpark in Muskegon offer guests thrills and chills for all ages. Get soaked on Grand Rapids, a 1,500-foot-long rapid river ride that will carry riders through a rocky canyon filled with geysers and a waterfall. Michigan's largest amusement park offers over 60 rides and attractions, including Shivering Timbers, their world class roller coaster that has consistently ranked as one of the top 3 wood roller coasters in the world.
Whether you fly high or stay grounded, Michigan zoos are special places for both kids and adults.
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ), bringing the wilds of Michigan to the heart of Detroit, now features thirteen fallow deer that once roamed the island and are enjoying a new one-acre enclosure and barn at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The exhibit is part of a multi-phase project to convert the former nature center on Belle Isle into a Nature Zoo focusing on Michigan wildlife, flora and fauna.
Take the kids on an African safari at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Explore Wild Africa, a 50-acre immersion experience with a 17-acre savanna where one the nation's largest herd of giraffe roam with gazelle, ostrich, zebra and other wildlife. Take a ride on the Zoo & O. Railroad for a special tour of the zoo grounds.
Hop to The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak to see the new Australian Outback Adventure exhibit. Instead of looking through glass or over a moat, patrons will have the chance to get face to face with 17 red kangaroos. Visitors move along a winding path bordered by knee-high cables on both sides, while the kangaroos will be free to bound wherever they want. Specially trained volunteers are on hand to assist visitors with numerous interactive learning opportunities. There's plenty more to see from the Arctic Ring of Life to fascinating Zebras on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 1300 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 250 different species.
Children's Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw offers entertaining and educational experiences for everyone from the young to the young-at-heart, in a garden-filled park-like setting. Animals from various parts of the globe make their home at the Children's Zoo. Take a walk among the butterflies in the Butterfly Encounter; feed the sheep and goats in the petting zoo; watch the kids dig up dinosaur bones in the Fossil Find; ride a hand-carved carousel and antique train and get up close and personal with all kinds of critters at live Amphitheater shows.
John Ball Zoological Garden, located in Grand Rapids, has over 1,000 animals. It is located in a 140-acre park about a mile west of Grand Rapids. The Zoo has an aquarium, children's zoo, and African area, with a chimpanzee exhibit. New this year is the Sting Ray Lagoon, a special interactive exhibit that will offer guests a chance to not only see, but to actually touch, feel and experience these graceful sea creatures. Sting Ray Lagoon will feature a 5,000-gallon outdoor aquarium containing two species of sting rays and a variety of colorful aquatic animals.
Located in Lansing, the Potter Park Zoo opened in 1915. Over the years, the Zoo has been expanded to 85 acres and renovated with new exhibits, educational programs and special events. Potter Park offers a scenic landscape next to the Red Cedar River, visitors can go biking, jogging, in-line skating, have a picnic or take a walk. One of the main attractions for kids at the zoo is the Barnyard and petting zoo. Some special areas are The Bird and Reptile the Feline/Primate House with lions and tigers. There's a lot more to discover and more adventures like taking a ride on a Dromedary Camel.
En route to your vacation make a stop in Birch Run and enjoy Wilderness Trails Zoo, a 56-acre walk through animal park with over 60 species of exotic animals, picnic grounds, petting area, and a play area. This is a unique zoo experience with a mile long trail that winds past trees, ponds and over 50 species of exotic and native animals. Exhibits are constructed so guests may see the animals much closer than at a typical zoo, while maintaining as much of Michigan's natural beauty as possible. A petting area is available and throughout the park are feed stations where one can purchase feed for a specific animal for a quarter.