The next stop on our 3-day tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was Seney National Wildlife Refuge which was established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a haven for migrating waterfowl.
Our first stop was the Visitor Center where we were very impressed with the kid-friendly exhibits. A Touch Table beckons kids to feel animal pelts, compare animal skulls, and pet stuffed animals.
A sand table allows kids to explore what different animal prints look like. Kids can make different prints with wooden blocks that they press into the sand. This is a terrific hands-on activity […]
On our second day in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we started our morning at Oswald’s Bear Ranch. To be quite candid about it, this was the big reason we went to the U.P. Here’s how it happened: I came home from the Midwest Travel Writers Association conference with lots of brochures and told my kids to look them over to see what places interested them. My older daughter, who was 12 at the time, took one look at a picture of a girl with a bear and wrote “We must do this” in the brochure. I believe in following kids’ interests […]
Tahquamenon Falls State Park is home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Although there are 50,000 acres to explore and another set of falls, most visitors go to see the mighty Upper Falls: up to 50,000 gallons of water per second falling almost 50 feet across 200 feet. And I confess, that’s exactly what we did–we went to see the highlight and skipped everything else.
When we arrived, we found a Fact Shack with a sign with some very helpful information, starting with how to pronounce Tahquamenon. It rhymes with “phenomenon.” We also found out […]
Situated at Whitefish Point, on the Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior, is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. More ships have been wrecked on this coast than anywhere else in the Great Lakes, so it is an appropriate place for the museum.
The museum is on the grounds of the Whitefish Point Light Station, the oldest active light on Lake Superior.
The museum is interesting, but the tone is somber because of the nature of the subject matter. A typical exhibit in the museum consists of the story of a shipwreck along with artifacts recovered from the wreck, and […]
The St. Mary’s River connects Lake Superior with Lake Huron and is a major shipping route. But before 1855, there was a problem: a 21-foot drop between the two lakes prevented ships from traveling between the lakes. In 1855, construction of the first lock was completed, allowing ships to pass through. Since then, several more locks have been built and now more than 10,000 ships per year pass through them. The locks were built between the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Most of the locks are on the U.S. side, although there is […]
I had wanted to see the Mackinac Bridge for a long time and thanks to UPtravel.com, who hosted our lodging and attractions, my kids and I were finally able to see the bridge and the Upper Peninsula this summer. The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw) is an engineering marvel. At five miles long, it is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, and the fifth longest in the world.
Completed in 1957, the bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Over 4 million vehicles cross the bridge each year. The towers […]
I’ll admit it. I didn’t know much about the War of 1812. I’m not sure if my teachers didn’t cover it, or if I wasn’t paying attention, or if I knew it back then and have since forgotten it. So when we had the opportunity to visit River Raisin, the only National Battlefield Park from the War of 1812, I knew that it would be as educational for me as it was for my kids.
As you can see from the picture, the Visitor Center is not very large and looks more like a house. They do make good […]
This guest post was written by Dr. Jessie Voigts, a mom who loves sharing the world with her family. She co-authored the book Bringing the World Home: A Resource Guide to Raising Intercultural Kids with her daughter, publishes WanderingEducators.com, the online resource for global educators, directs the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program, and recently founded the Family Travel Blogger Association.
If your family is anything like mine, they love to explore. Whether it is outside or indoors, we love to get moving, learn, and poke around different places. One of the best places to poke around – and play – […]
When I decided to do a series of posts about the photos in my header, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with this photo. With every other photo, I’ve told you about how you can experience that destination yourself. This one’s a little tougher because it was taken at a relative’s house. Unless Uncle Ray starts renting rooms, you are not going to be able to take a picture of your kids sitting on this wall looking at the boats on Lake Erie. So, I’m going to expand the subject of this post to beaches […]