Could you use a change of scenery? Don’t want go too far from home? Hate airports? You may have lived in Michigan all your life, but it’s unlikely that you’ve experienced all that this great state has to offer. Here’s a list of overlooked destinations you might want to check out. –Jasmyn Durham


Great Wolf Lodge

3575 N US Highway 31 S
Traverse City, MI 49684
(866) 478-9653

The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park and a great vacation spot for the entire family. Aside from the numerous water attractions, there’s a live-action adventure game, mini golf, arcade games, and much more. With so much to do inside there’s no reason to leave the building for anything.


Michigan Adventure

4750 Whitehall Rd
Muskegon, MI 49445
(231) 766-3377

Check out Michigan’s largest amusement park located in Muskegon. This park is home to seven roller coasters and tons of other cool rides. It also has an attached water park, WildWater Adventure. Admission is much lower than your average water park, this seasons, a day pass is only $26 and includes both parks.


Hell Michigan

Hell, MI 48169

Take a trip to hell … Hell, Michigan that is. This is great place to visit just for the sake of saying, “I’ve been to hell”. Hell, Michigan is the home to Screams Ice Cream, Hell in a Handbasket (a general store) and The Dam Site Inn, a cool restaurant that features live entertainment. Oh and just so you know, Hell is kid-friendly.


Double JJ Ranch Water Park and Golf Resort

PO Box 94 5900 Water Road
Rothbury MI 49452

This ranch is located in Rothbury, Michigan and it has tons of excitement to offer the family. The western style resort includes golfing, horseback riding, a water park, petting farm and sports. So grab the whole family and enjoy being cowboys and girls for the weekend.


MGM Grand Casino

1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888.2121

The only non-kid-friendly spot on the list, this is one of those destinations to choose if you’re looking to relax and do a little partying with the grown folks. This beautiful casino resort opened in 2008. It’s not just a place for gambling but you should check out come of the amazing restaurants, lounges and of course the wonderful Immerse Spa.


Silver Lake Sand Dunes

2388 N. Comfort Drive
Hart MI, 49420
(800) 870-9786

Silver Lake Sand Dunes are located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. This is a great trip if you’re looking to relax and enjoy the sand as you walk along the beach. Some of the attractions include golfing, dune rides, climbing the mountains of sand, jet skiing, fishing and more.