Last minute family fun destinations

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) It’s not too late to make some summertime memories with your family. Start planning a last-minute vacation to make the most of the days before school starts. Here are some ideas to give you a little travel inspiration.


Traverse City

Biking in Traverse City
Photo courtesy Traverse City Tourism

Beautiful scenery, beaches, shopping, and tons of great food options make this a great destination for families. Take advantage of the city’s many recreational opportunities with bicycling, kayaking, golf, and fishing.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Photo courtesy Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Not too far from home, but feels like another world away. Take a ferry to the island, then hike, bike, or ride horses along its picturesque, traffic-free streets. Sample some Mackinac Island fudge, see the Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac, and explore quaint shops.

Michigan’s Adventure

Michigan's Adventure
Photo courtesy Michigan’s Adventure

Two parks for the price of one! An amusement park with roller coasters and classic carnival-style rides, plus a huge waterpark with wave pools, water slides, and lazy river.

The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

Henry Ford Museum
Photo courtesy The Henry Ford

Explore history, culture, and innovation at the museum, then step into a slice of American life dating back centuries at Greenfield Village. Campus includes the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and an IMAX Theatre.


Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C.
Photo courtesy Visit Washington DC

Packed with museums, landmarks, and must-see memorials, this vacation doubles as a history lesson.


Photo courtesy Choose Chicago

A hop, skip, and a jump away is the Windy City. Take the family on a sightseeing tour or to one of numerous museums. Grab a bite in a top-notch restaurant, or spend a fun-filled afternoon at Navy Pier. There’s something to fit every family’s interest in Chicago.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point
Photo courtesy Cedar Point

If your family loves spills and thrills, head to “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!” Cedar Point is close enough for a day trip, but far enough to make a fantastic weekend. It has big roller coasters for the daredevils in your family as well as rides and attractions for the little ones.

Disney World

Disney World
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World

It’s the ultimate destination for a family vacation! With four theme parks, a water park, and other attractions to choose from, it’s a Disney fan’s dream come true!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Explore America’s most visited national park! Visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains or head deep underground at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells
Photo courtesy Wisconsin dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

Get ready for wet and wild fun at “The Waterpark Capital of the World!” Splash into one of its world-famous waterparks, take a scenic tour, or take in a live show.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy Hersheypark

The name says it all! “The Sweetest Place on Earth” is home to Hersheypark amusement park, ZooAmerica, Hershey’s Chocolate World, concerts, and more!


Photo courtesy Visit Toronto

This classic Canadian city packs a cosmopolitan punch. Visit the iconic CN Tower, see some of the world’s leading museums and art galleries, or even hit the beach.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
Photo courtesy Niagara Falls Tourism

Take a trip to the famous falls! Get up close and personal with a ride on a Maid of the Mist boat tour or get a bird’s eye view on the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. Kids can get their energy out at one of several attractions and outdoor recreation areas.

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