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Climb your way through an aerial ropes course or soar four stories high in the trees — there's no limit to the fun your family will have!
Explore 110 acres of floral beauty — including an award-winning Children's Garden — and the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk, four stories high! Discover Spruce Arm tree-supported cargo nets and the Orchard Arm glass-floored overlook — plus a giant, nature-inspired playground the kids can enjoy for hours!Read More +
Venture out into 1,200 acres of awesome! Go hands-on in the Ecosystem Gallery; see a Native American wigwam, one-room Log Schoolhouse, and working Sugarhouse; and “time travel” back to the 1870s log cabin Homestead Farm to meet friendly farm animals, May to November, for free!Read More +
Feed the chickens on a Centennial Farm, pet a friendly pygmy goat, or see adorable African penguins swim — and enjoy each up-close encounter with the animals!
With boats the entire family can board and bikes you can all pedal together — these outings make planning your family vacation a breeze!
Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips (Saginaw) Spot wildlife galore on this family adventure through 18,000 acres of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and beyond! Board a custom, shallow-draft boat and glide through the wilderness with a one-of-a-kind local guide.
BaySail (Bay City) Feel the wind in your hair and watch your little ones' eyes sparkle aboard a majestic tall ship, the Appledore. Choose between Great Lakes 101 or Sunset Sails, Matey!
Bay City Boat Lines (Bay City) Join your local guide for a relaxing Saginaw River Afternoon Tour aboard the Princess Wenonah or the Islander. Let the kiddos enjoy snacks & soft drinks while they keep watch for the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse!
Frankenmuth FunShips (Frankenmuth) Board an electric boat for a 1-hour Wine & Chocolate River Tour. Big kids sample wines, little kids sip sparkling grape juice, and the whole family wins!
Bavarian Belle Riverboat (Frankenmuth) Cruise aboard a paddlewheel beauty, the 150-passenger Bavarian Belle Riverboat. Kids will love the ride (and the refreshments available), big kids will appreciate the narrated historical tour.
Ray's Bike Shop (Midland, Bay City) Go “two-wheeling” together! Rent trusted rides and hit the streets — or the Pere Marquette Rail Trail and Bay City Area Riverwalk/Railtrail!
Get ready for sunny f-u-n when you cool off with a dip in the water or get doused by geysers and giant dumping buckets!
Bay City State Park (Bay City) Enjoy a scenic mile of Saginaw Bay shoreline, sandy swimming beach, boat launch, and picnic areas — and the Tobico Marsh wetland preserve with walking trails, wildlife viewing, and two four-story observation towers! Or giggle, play, and whoop it up with water at the on-site Spray by the Bay Splash Park. You’re right alongside Play by the Bay, a wooden wonderland playscape with tire swings and climbing nets!
Haithco Recreation Area (Saginaw) Hit the beach and make it a day full of playground fun, volleyball in the sand, tossing horseshoes, and renting your choice of paddleboat, rowboat, canoe, or kayak! Fish from the pier, grill up a picnic, and help break in the new earthy-themed splash park when it opens in summer 2022.
Frankenmuth Jaycee Spray Park (Frankenmuth) Practice counting to 18 together, because this zero-depth water play area has 18 different fountains, sprays, and geysers — completely accessible for all ages and abilities and completely cool for family fun!
Celebration Square Splash Park (Saginaw) Play for “ages” in filtered-water, zero-depth splash sections! Enjoy Discovery Bay with misters for toddlers, Adventure Bay with showers and dumping buckets for children, and Action Bay with Spray Cannon water soakers and large Ground Geysers fun!
Longview Spray Park (Midland) Get wet, wild, and feel wonderful! Be ready for belly laughs by the buckets, and water spouts, at Longview Spray Park!
Gerstacker Spray Park (Midland) Splash by the iconic Tridge (that's also an entrance to the Pere Marquette Rail Trail). Watch the kids in the waterspouts? No way! This place is for the young and young-at-heart!
Mini-golf, go-karts, and an afternoon at the ballgame? You'll be all-in for good times on these family outings!
Kokomo's Family Fun Center (Saginaw) Get a hole-in-one and then ride a roller coaster, race go-karts, run through laser tag, and play arcade games... all in one family-friendly place!
Alpine Mountain (Birch Run) Choose between two 18-hole mini-golf courses — or play both! Challenge the fam to bank-shot basketball, race go-karts and bumper boats, and indulge in ice cream!
Dutch Village Adventure Park (Bay City) Have a ball playing mini-golf and riding bumper boats! Swing hard in the batting cages, and heads up: this place has a slick track for super fast go-kart fun!
Buoy 18 Miniature Golf & Ice Cream (Bay City) Create forever memories on the green or while playing games together in the arcade, and have fun choosing your ice cream: regular, sugar-free, vegan, or gluten-free?
Great Lakes Loons Baseball (Midland) Buy peanuts & Cracker Jack, or brats & beer — from 24 concession options on site — and take your family out to the ballgame! With stadium seating for 5,200, Adirondack chairs, and grass a’plenty, watch the High-A Minor League Great Lakes Loons play ball! Be sure to visit the on-site playground, Northern Lights Pavilion, and the two-story Loon Loft gift store on your way out!
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