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Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

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Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

My husband and I are thinking of traveling from Europe to the States with 3 yound kids (7,5,3). I have to go to Michigan anyway, so we were thinking of spending somewhere for 2 or 3 weeks. We want a fun, relaxing beach vacation. Easy & Laid back. Like a resort or something where you open the door and there's a beautiful beach there. But also some other things to do (without too much effort) to keep the kids happy. Is Michigan the right place for this, and if so, where?

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1. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

Michigan is beautiful, but it is pretty cold for a beach vacation at this time of year. When are you traveling?

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2. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

Between July & August

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3. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

Michigan is a big state so it would help to know where in MI you'll be going.

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4. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

It depends on what kind of beach you are looking for. We are called "The Great Lake State" for a reason :) We have lovely inland lakes, and shoreline on Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. Great Lakes beaches are lovely, but the water can be chilly all summer at times. We have a cottage on Lake Huron, and the sandy beach and sunrises are beautiful. The Lake Michigan side has sand dunes and sunsets. Kids would love any of these places. a beach town like Ludington on the west side is nice. Go to the Michigan.gov web site for tourism info.

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5. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

"I have to go to Michigan anyway, so we were thinking of spending somewhere for 2 or 3 weeks."

Where in Michigan will you be? That will greatly affect the quality of answers we can provide. If you'll be in the Detroit area, a place out on the west side of the state wouldn't make any sense :)

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6. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

I live in Ludington and I think it would be great for you and your family to come and visit for a few weeks in the summer. All the members of your family will enjoy our beaches and parks and small town things to do. We just put in a new childrens museum here and you could take a ride on the Lake Michigan careferry which is something you may no be able to do for much longer it is a large coal powered ship. I can recommend some restaurants in later posts. There are many options for rental homes or even bed and breakfasts in the area. I can recommend specific ones if you chose to vacation in our town. If you have a rental car you can take day trips to all of the smaller towns in the area also and enjoy the events they offer. Please let me know if you would like more info.

J

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7. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

What about the Traverse City area? Lots of hotels on the beach, lots of things to do nearby (wineries, opera, plays, tons of restaurants, sand dunes, tall ship cruises, cherry orchards, observatory).

http://www.visittraversecity.com/

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8. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

It is so funny that you should post this! We recently offered our children a week in Kandersteg, Switzerland followed by several days in the lakes region of Italy. They all looked at DH and I like we had three heads. They all voted for a week on our beloved Lake Charlevoix in Michigan. I cannot highly recommend enough Northern Michigan for a family summer vacation/holiday. There are beautiful beaches, lovely quaint towns, delicious varied restaurants, luxurious resorts and homey cottages on some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. They are called The Great Lakes for a reason.

My DH is an international commercial airline pilot who flies out of NYC. We are blessed with free air travel worldwide and our children have experienced locales throughout Europe (including your beautiful city), the Caribbean and the Americas. Still, when it comes to summer vacations, there is nowhere they would rather be than Northern Michigan.

I recommend the following locations:

Lake Charlevoix

Traverse City

Glen Arbor

Petoskey

Harbor Springs

Mackinac Island (an absolute MUST no matter where you start the trip)

Enjoy! Moms

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9. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

Michigan is beautiful, but take the kids to Florida, they will love you for it!

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10. Re: Is Michigan a good place for a beach vacation with kids?

I most definitely would second Momstravel's suggestions. I, too, have done a lot of traveling throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, Canada, Mexico, the Carribean and Europe, and wholeheartedly agree with Momstravel. Northern Michigan is a wonderful destination for visitors from all over the world. In fact, I escorted relatives from Denmark (two adults, two teens) during their month long vacation to the states last July - Northern Michigan (Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, the U.P., Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Mt. Pleasant, Frankenmuth), Niagara Falls and Florida (Orlando, Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral) and Downtown Detroit. They absolutely loved Northern Michigan (Florida was just too darn hot in July). You could easily rent a vacation home or condo on an inland lake, Lake Michigan or Lake Huron for the 2 or 3 weeks and take leisurely day trips to visit the many diverse attractions throughout the Northern Lower Peninsula and even into the Upper Peninsula. And like Momstravel said, Mackinac Island is a definite must!