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Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.


The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas. Detailed maps provide a ready guide for all outdoor activities.

Detroit Kids Catalog: A Family Guide for the 21st Century by Ellyce Field: Lists more than 2,500 activities in Metropolitan Detroit, from short outings to daylong excursions.

FamilyFun Vacation Guide: Great Lakes by Pamela Hill and the experts at FamilyFun magazine: This is a kid tested travel guide to the Great Lakes region. It includes itineraries, age by age advice, plus kid-friendly restaurants.

Fun With the Family in Michigan: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips With the Kids by William Semion: Here's the inside information on all the family-friendly fun to be had in the Wolverine State. Fun with the Family Michigan leads the way to water parks, children's museums, hiking trails, performing arts, and much more.

Kids Love Michigan: A Parent's Guide to Exploring Fun Places in Michigan with Children--Year Round! by George and Michele Zavatsky: Discover hundreds of places that kids love to visit in Michigan.

The Michigan Book of Bests: An Eclectic Barrage of Great Places to Go and Things to Know by Gary W. Barfknecht: More than 500 brief descriptions of places and facts about Michigan. Many of the items have contact information and URLs listed.

Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Colleen Burcar with Gene Taylor: Laugh you way through the Wolverine state with this guide to the wackiest, wildest and most outrageous people and places. You too can attend the world's oldest Santa school or marvel at the world's largest hairball.

Michigan Free: Your Comprehensive Guide to Free Travel, Recreation & Entertainment Opportunities by Eric Freedman: This book lists an abundance of cost-free of inexpensive activities from Detroit to the remote reaches of the Upper Peninsula, for all seasons. Each listing includes a description of the attraction, its location and hours of operation.

Michigan: Off the Beaten Path by Jim DuFresne: Tired of the same old tourist traps? Take the road less traveled and discover the hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales other guidebooks just don't offer. Off the Beaten Path features the things you'd want to see - if only you knew about them.

Michigan Vacation Guide: Cottages, Chalets, Condos, B&B's by Kathleen Tedsen: This year, stay someplace different from your standard motel! The 2001 edition of the guide includes more than 2,000 unique accommodations across the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan.
Road Biking. Michigan by Cari Noga: Detailed descriptions and maps of 40 of the best bicycle rides in Michigan, from easy afternoon jaunts to multi-day tours.

Winter Trails: Michigan: The Best Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails by William Semion: Enjoy Michigan's outdoors at their best by hitting the trails. This is a detailed guide to 42 ski and snowshoe trails in the state.

Weird Michigan : your travel guide to Michigan's local legends and best kept secrets by godfrey, Linda (2006)

Backroads & byways of Michigan: drives, day trips & weekend excursions by Foster, Matt (2009).

Adventure Guide to Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom: This e-book details many opportunities for vacationing fun in Michigan, including where to eat, where to stay, the costs involved and much more.

Country Towns of Michigan: Charming Small Towns and Villages to Explore by Doris Scharfenberg: Discover the quaint shops, down-home cooking, and relaxed lifestyles of Michigan's historic country burghs and villages.


Travel Michigan: Visit the official Michigan travel website! Search by location, season or activity of interest for great vacation ideas.

Michigan: Travel and Recreation: This is part of the highly regarded website of state government. It gives details on state parks and campgrounds. You will find helpful information on boating, fishing and hunting in Michigan. There are lists of things to do and see with links.

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village: For a fantastic, local and historical day trip in the Detroit area, you can't beat the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village!

Zoos: What's summer without a trip to the zoo? Check the local zoo sites for special events and featured attractions:

Michigan Places to Go: For more ideas, visit our collection of places and attractions on the Children's Library webpage of the Canton Public Library's Internet Branch.

Michigan Snowsports Industries: This organization homepage includes links to Michigan slopes that cater to sports.
Comprehensive guide to goods and services in Michigan.