Do you feel as though you’ve worn out your welcome at the library this summer? Have staked your personal claim at your local park? Maybe just looking for something different to do? There are so many fun things to see and do right here in our great state of Michigan. Petting farms, ice cream, water parks and so much more!
7 Fun Michigan Places to Visit With Kids This Summer
- Address: 3001 Earhart Rd., Annarbor, MI 48105
- Hours of Operation: 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week
- Admission: $6.00 per person
Bunnies! Ponies! Alpacas! Oh, my! Children get the chance to get up close and personal with these animals and more. Located in Ann Arbor, The Petting Farm has been a unique educational experience for adults and children of all ages since 1984.
- Address: 9334 Finzel Rd., Carleton, MI 48117
- Hours of Operation: 10am – 8pm 7 days a week
- Plan to be there at 4pm to watch how they milk the cows!
- Admission: Free
- Plan to bring money for ice cream!
Seriously, the best ice cream and yogurt, ever! Visit a real, working dairy farm. Schedule a tour to milk a dairy cow by hand, learn about cows in the education center, feed a baby calf with a bottle, feed the ducks and geese, head over to Annie’s Barn to feed the goats and see all the horses, take a MOO-ride (wagon ride), and finish your trip with a delicious bowl of ice cream farm made with our own milk!
- Address: 300 River Place Dr., Detroit, MI 48207
- Hours of Operation:
- Belle Isle Park, Open Daily, 5 am – 10 pm
- Belle Isle Park Office, Mon. – Fri., 8 am – 4:30 pm
- Belle Isle Aquarium, Fri. – Sun., 10 am – 4 pm
- Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Wed. – Sun., 10 am – 5 pm
- Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Open Daily, 10 am – 5 pm
- Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Wed. – Sun., 10 am – 4 pm
- Belle Isle Giant Slide. Wed. – Sun., 12 pm – 8 pm, until Labor Day.
- James Scott Memorial Fountain, Running Daily, 12 pm – 10 pm, until September 18
- Admission: All attractions are free with park admission
- The Recreation Passport ($11 for Michigan vehicles, $5 for Michigan motorcycles) is required for vehicle entry to all 103 Michigan state parks, including Belle Isle. A Recreation Passport is NOT required for visitors accessing the park by foot, bike, or public transit.
Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit with historic, environmental, and cultural resources that have been beloved for generations. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and more!
- Address: 1340 Atwater St. Detroit, MI 48207
- Hours of Operation: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Two departure times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
June 2 – September 4, 2016
- Admission:Adults = $20; Children 5-12 = $15
- Get discounts here: Diamond Jack’s Coupons
Diamond Jack’s is a family-owned and operated riverboat tour that has been offering entertaining and affordable cruises to the residents of Detroit and surrounding areas for more than 20 years. These narrated tours last approximately 2 hours. Food and beverages available for purchase.
- Address: 12770 Roundtree Rd., Hanover, MI 49241
- Hours of Operation: 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday
- Admission: Varies based on number of activities selected
The Buffalo Ranch in Hanover, MI, offers visitors the opportunity to go horseback riding, ride a wagon and feed buffalo, and zip lining. For the best deal, book the bunkhouse. It includes an overnight stay, 1 hour of horseback riding, wagon ride and zip lining for 4 people for $285.
- Address: 7611 US 12, Onsted, MI 49265
- Hours of Operation: Open daily at 10am, except on NASCAR Sundays
- Admission: Adults = $10; Children = $8
Things are not what they appear to be at this fun and “unusual” family center! Water runs uphill, a ball refuses to roll downhill and a pendulum that only swings to the south are some of the mind-boggling exhibits that seem to defy the laws of nature. Located directly across the entrance to Hayes State Park, you can easily make a day of a trip to Irish Hills.
- Address: 12190 Island Lake Rd., Dexter MI, 48130
- Hours of Operation: 9-5 (closed Mondays & Tuesday)
- Admission: $5 per person, includes admission, cane poles and bait
- Note: You also pay for what you catch
Spring Valley sits on 20 acres of carefully maintained grounds in a park setting. Visitors can stroll in the park, which includes 9 spring fed ponds ranging from a 1/2 acre to an acre in size. On these grounds are located two covered picnic pavilions which seat up to 100 people each, a children’s play area, and an authentic American log cabin, used as a fishing lodge with Handicap restrooms and snack bar. The cabin is available for groups visit and is a replica of fishing cabins from the north.
Those are my top picks of fun places to visit with kids this summer. What’s yours?