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Fun for the Whole Family

Cue the fun, learning, laughter and memories.

If you are traveling with kids, there is no shortage of fun and educational adventures to share in the laughter and memories that will last a lifetime.

Michigan has all the classics—from wooden roller coasters and hand-carved carousels to preserved historical sites and museums built for young imaginations.
Head to one of the many nature centers and recreation areas to explore hands-on exhibits and experience Michigan’s nature up close. Spend a day at one of our aquariums or planetariums, ride a Model T or take flight in a full-motion flight simulator. Here you can explore space, time and Michigan all in one day.

Explore water parks and zoos so thrilling, you’ll want to stay the night and do it all over again. Whether it means throwing your hands up together as you careen down a six-story water slide or watching as your child feeds a giraffe by hand. Each season brings its own delights—from apple orchards and haunted attractions in the fall to ziplining and tubing in the winter. An urban escape or a historic encounter will keep you, and the kids, coming back for more. Ready to cue the fun?

Outdoor Adventure
From starry skies and green forests to thundering waterfalls and colorful sandstone cliffs, discover the delights of Michigan’s wildlife and pristine habitats at parks and nature centers throughout the state.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park →
Headlands International Dark Sky Park →
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore →
Metro Parks →
Fenner Nature Center →
Kalamazoo Nature Center →
Chippewa Nature Center →
Oswald Bear Ranch  →
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Fun & Learning at The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford's museums and attractions offer educational fun for the whole family. 

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation →
Greenfield Village →
Marvel: Universe of Heros →
Jack-o'-lanterns outside at The Henry Ford
balcony at Dow Gardens Canopy Walk during fall
Historic Sites
Step through time to experience Michigan’s automotive industry, maritime past, rich Native American heritage and more.

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail →​
Iron Ore Heritage Trail →
Mackinac State Historic Parks →
Fayette Historic State Park →
Heritage Route 23 →
Authentic cannon on Mackinac Island
Take a walk on the wild side and learn about animals from all over the world, right here in Michigan. 

Binder Park Zoo →
John Ball Zoo →
Potter Park Zoo →
Detroit Zoo →
Children feeding Giraffes at Binder Park Zoo
Museums & More
Rain or shine, Michigan’s museums and tours are rich in education and entertainment alike.

Gilmore Car Museum →
Antique Village →
Lighthouses →
State Capitol Building (Tour) →
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron
Fun on the Water
Rent a boat, set sail on a pirate ship or play on the beach. With pristine, freshwater coastlines, inland lakes and miles of rivers, the possibilities for adventure are endless.

Retro Boat Rentals →
Star Line Cruises: Pirate Cruise →
Silver Beach County Park →
Soo Locks →
Free Fishing Weekend (DNR) →
Lake Michigan shore by Grand Haven
Explore Michigan from Home
Your family can learn about Michigan with fun and educational content, no matter where you are.
Discover Michigan's Outdoors at Home
From engaging virtual field trips to educational videos, learn about Michigan's natural habitats, wildlife and more from the comfort of home.  
Fish swimming underwater
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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