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What will you learn in Michigan today?

Whether your children are budding scientists, historians, chefs or artists, Michigan has the attractions and destinations to inspire them. 
Sometimes we can all use a break from the daily routine at home—but that doesn’t mean that your family can’t learn during all the fun. With family-friendly field trips, engaging attractions, unique Michigander culture and more, there’s always something new to explore. Our two peninsulas are filled with history, including Mackinac Island, historic townsites and our picturesque lighthouses
Find fascinating and engaging exhibits at Michigan’s museums and art galleries. The Henry Ford offers resources for onsite learning so parents can partake in the educational fun. With the Michigan DNR’s home learning resources, take the adventure outdoors to immerse yourselves in Michigan’s habitats.

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The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford has cultivated a variety of educational resources for you to utilize before, during and after your visit. This includes engaging content about iconic innovators, themed scavenger hunts and more.
The Henry Ford Museum clocktower
Mackinac State Historic Parks
The Straits of Mackinac are rich with history. Within these parks, families can discover the historic Colonial Michilimackinac, iconic Grand Hotel and, of course, Mackinac Island. Explore their educational resources to bring the past to life during your visit. 
Historic cannon at British Landing on Mackinac Island
Michigan's DNR
From engaging virtual field trips to educational videos, learn about Michigan's natural habitats, wildlife and more from the comfort of home. Then, get outside to experience it for yourselves!
Fish swimming underwater
10+ Field Trips For the Family in Lansing
For fun day trips with the whole family that keeps students engaged and learning, check out these field trips in the Greater Lansing area. 
Eli Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
Spooky Stories
With a long history often comes ghost stories full of mystery and fright. Check out some of the Great Lakes State's spooky stories and more. 

6 Haunted Places in Michigan →
Jack-o'-lanterns outside at The Henry Ford
Pure Michigan Fun Facts Worksheet
The whole family can learn about Michigan while completing fun games and puzzles with the Pure Michigan Fun Facts Worksheet. 

After you've completed the worksheet, compare it to the answer key here
Front and back images of the Fun Facts Worksheet
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Group of hikers on Sugarloaf Mountain near Lake Superior during fall.
Thousands of years ago, receding glaciers formed the Great Lakes and created Michigan’s iconic peninsulas. Here are ten fun facts you may not know about these incredible natural treasures.
Hand holding petoskey stone by a beach
These unique treasures can be elusive to first-time stone seekers, but these tips can help get you on track to your first discovery!
Beach during fall by Grand Haven
Each city in Michigan has a unique history and tradition. See how a number of Michigan cities earned their names. 
An apple hanging on a branch
Guest blogger Barbara Ann Siemen, known as Farm Barbie, shares 20 little known facts about freshly grown Michigan food and agriculture.
Ocqueoc Falls during Autumn
Have you ever wondered how Michigan was named Michigan? Take a look at some other uniquely-named destinations found across the Great Lakes State.
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Since 1887, Grand Hotel has been a defining feature of historic Mackinac Island, where horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the modes of transportation. Here are a few things you might now know about this true American icon.