GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While many people are hitting the skies for spring break, many are staying in Michigan. And, there's plenty to do!
Jeremy Witt from West Michigan Tourist Association shares their top five "staycation" destinations.
1. Spring Fun in Mt. Pleasant
Whether you're looking for a fun and easy family getaway or a big night out on the town with friends this spring break, Mt. Pleasant offers a little bit of everything. Explore the extensive parks system, visit the area's many museums, restaurants, and shops, or enjoy concerts and gaming at Soaring Eagle Casino. You can even hit the fairways at 11 championship golf courses.
2. Take a Spring Getaway to Traverse City
Everything people love about Traverse City is here for a spring break getaway: great restaurants, family activities, charming downtown boutiques, wine tours, and outdoor recreation. With fewer crowds and great off-season pricing, it's the perfect time to visit. Plan your trip with a stay at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, and take advantage of their kids spring break activities.
3. Fun Family Camps and Events in Holland
Spend time in the Holland area this spring break, with a variety of activities for the whole family. Here, you'll find outdoor adventures, fun on the water, and delicious food. Kids will love the Peace and Love Spring Break Camp hosted by the Holland Area Arts Council from April 3rd to 6th, where they'll design and create pop art. Located in nearby Zeeland, Critter Barn provides an unforgettable hands-on learning experience for the whole family. Their Spring Fling is Saturday, March 31 through Sunday, April 8th, where you can meet the baby animals that call the barn home.
4. Plan a Last-Minute Staycation in Benzie County
For those who plan to stay home this year, consider a last-minute getaway to Benzie County, where outdoor activities are fun and the travel time is just a few hours away. For hikers and mountain bikers, spring opens up many great trails in Benzie County. The spring season also allows ease to explore unique galleries within the town of Frankfort, and villages of Beulah, Benzonia, and nearby Empire. After a long day of nature walks and art-inspired journeys, take in some of the memorable watering holes, like St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah, Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort, or Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville. Then, settle in at one of many unique cozy restaurants in Benzie County to make your relaxing journey complete.
5. Spring Break Activities at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Manor House
Visit the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta during spring break with your family for an outdoor education experience, or come and enjoy the sanctuary's trails in springtime weather! On Saturday, March 31st, get to know the Sanctuary's ambassador raptors and participate in fun family-oriented activities at Birds of Prey Live. Return on Sunday, April 8th, to celebrate W.K. Kellogg's birthday with free admission to the sanctuary (as well as tours at the nearby historic W.K. Kellogg Manor House) at the Sustaining the Vision Open House. These two family-fun activities are sure to help fill your schedule this spring break.
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