The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, isn’t just a place to learn about history; it’s a place to be inspired by history. Kid friendly? Not only is it appropriate for kids, it was designed with kids in mind. When it first opened in 1929, only schoolchildren could visit. Four years later it opened to the general public. Henry Ford was passionate about teaching kids about the past and present so that they could take the present to the future. The museum holds a wide range of diverse historic artifacts, but all are tied together by an overall theme of […]
This article is different from my usual post. As I was planning what to write about our Traverse City trip, I came across these photos of a beautiful sunset that really didn’t fit it with any of the other articles, but the sunset was so pretty that I wanted to share the photos. So, as an extra bonus this week, and as my final post about Traverse City, I’m sharing my favorite photos from that evening. These were taken on a beach on the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. I think it’s best to just let the photos speak […]
While in Traverse City, we had the opportunity to explore the Old Mission Peninsula with a personal tour guide, Mike Norton, Media Relations Manager of Traverse City Tourism. Normally I don’t write about experiences that my readers can’t do themselves, and while you may not be able to have a personalized tour with Mike, you can certainly take a self-guided tour. This 16-mile-long finger of land protrudes into Grand Traverse Bay, dividing it into a West Arm and an East Arm. The peninsula is named for a Christian mission to the Native Americans founded in May 1839 by Rev. Peter […]
One of my priorities for our trip to Traverse City, Michigan, was to get out on the water. When I saw that the Traverse Tall Ship Company offered sightseeing cruises on a replica of an 1800’s cargo schooner, I got excited and asked Traverse City Tourism if they could arrange a cruise. I am very grateful to Traverse City Tourism and the Tall Ship Manitou for offering me and my kids a complimentary cruise so that I could write this article.
Sails are offered three times daily. We took the 2-hour Moomers Ice Cream Sail which is an afternoon […]
We visited 101 attractions last summer (literally!) and I can honestly say that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ranks way up there as one of my kids’ favorites.
It was about a 40-minute drive from the Bayshore Resort in Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes, where we spent the day. Our first stop was the Dune Climb.
The Dune Climb was undoubtedly the favorite part for my older two kids. Before you start the climb, you should consider how long you might want to hike the dunes. From the parking lot, you can see only the first hill, […]
We had the opportunity to spend three nights in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Our lodging was provided by the Bayshore Resort, a smallish resort right on the beach of West Grand Traverse Bay. If you aren’t yet familiar with the geography of Traverse City, the Old Mission Peninsula divides the bay into two: West and East Grand Traverse Bay. Both bays have beachfront hotels, but the advantage of the western bay is its proximity to the downtown area. We were pleased with our stay and I would recommend it as a family-friendly hotel.
The Bayshore Resort has a Victorian theme […]
When I first heard about the Big Spring at Palms Book State Park, I was fascinated and knew I just had to go see it. And, except for the mosquitoes (bring your insect repellent–you’ve been warned!), I was not disappointed. This place is amazing and is the perfect attraction to conclude my series on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Words alone don’t suffice in explaining it, so you’ll have to see it to believe it. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring and is located within Palms Book State Park. The spring is two hundred feet across and 40 feet deep and […]
Most of the places I’ve written about recently are on my itinerary for Trip 7, the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. Fayette Historic State Park is not, at least right now, though it will most likely make the next edition. Why didn’t I include it? It’s simple enough–I wasn’t aware of it then. That’s why I’m so glad I had the help of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association to arrange and host my trip. They included the attractions I requested, and also added in others they thought […]
The morning after visiting the land portion of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we planned to get out on the water. We had a choice of either a 3-hour Pictured Rocks cruise or a 2-hour Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour. As much as I would have loved to see more of Pictured Rocks, I thought that three hours might be too much for my kids. I was also fascinated by the idea of seeing shipwrecks without having to put scuba gear on and was told we’d get to see a little bit of the Pictured Rocks too, so we picked that one. […]
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a gorgeous 42-mile stretch along Lake Superior with cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and lighthouses. What’s not to like about that?!
A scenic drive, H-58, traverses the lakeshore from Munising, on the western side, to Grand Marais, on the eastern side. There are Visitor Centers on both sides, so it doesn’t really matter which side you start from. Be sure to pick up a map that shows you the points of interest and if your kids are into Junior Ranger programs, pick up the booklet at the Visitor Center too. We started in Grand […]