Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, Michigan has many different kid-friendly destinations where families can spend the day together.
One of the top family-friendly destinations in Michigan is Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Indoor Waterpark, located in Frankenmuth. The park has more than 30,000 square feet of aquatic fun for the whole family. Kids enjoy the Splash Landing play area and the Dumping Bucket, and other attractions like the Giggling Gorge and the Perilous Plunge — both are four-story tube slides. You can also relax in a hot tub or a float down the Crooked Brook Creek. Zehnder’s is fully staffed with certified lifeguards to help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Find more information at www.zehnders.com.
Binder Park Zoo
Battle Creek is known as the “cereal capital of the world,” as it's home to both the Kellogg Company and Post Cereal. But another, more natural attraction also puts this Michigan city on the map. The Binder Park Zoo has hosted more than 6.5 million visitors since it opened in 1977. It’s located just outside of Battle Creek on 433 acres of natural forest and wetlands. The zoo features about 600 animals and more than 140 species. It's home to one of the largest giraffe herds in the country and a family of red panda cubs, along with 32 rare and exotic animal exhibits and 19 domestic animal exhibits. You can explore the zoo on foot or in a tram. More information is available at www.binderparkzoo.org.
The Henry Ford Museum
Known to Michiganders as “The Henry Ford,” the collections at Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum have something to offer every member of the family. While Mom and Dad will enjoy exhibits like presidential limousines and the cars that made Detroit famous, the kids will have fun exploring trains and other lighthearted attractions. No need to leave the grounds to refuel — take a snack or lunch break at the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile or another on-site establishment. For complete details, visit www.hfmgv.org.
Families are more than welcome at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. Within this destination is the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden where kids can play and explore in the Kids Sense Garden, launch a boat in the Great Lakes, dig for buried fossils in the Rock Quarry or listen to a story about gardens, bugs, birds and other species. In the summer there are discovery carts, story-time presentations and more. See the schedule at www.meijergardens.org.
Big Bear Adventures
Located 30 minutes from Petoskey in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Big Bear Adventures has offered outdoor experiences for the family for more than 30 years. They host canoe, kayak, raft and tube trips on the Sturgeon River, a rope challenge course and bumper boats. Find more information at bigbearadventures.com.
Whatever the season, Michigan offers a multitude of activities to please both children and adults.