10 Family Road Trips From Kalamazoo 2017-08-25T07:45:32+00:00

We love family road trips! It’s no secret that we love to travel with kids and check out all that Michigan has to offer. Here are some of our favorite road trips from Kalamazoo with kids.

Here is a summary of our Michigan Road-Trip series which includes ten of our favorite Michigan towns to visit with the family.

Make sure you click on each of links to see our full review on what to discover, where to dine, and where to play.

Have fun and enjoy the trip!


Michigan Road Trips



1. Ludington

Ludington has a little of everything-great beaches, miles of hiking trails, awesome kids’ museum and tons of seasonal family friendly events. Plus, shopping and a chance to grab some super yummy ice cream. You’ll love the low-key feel of this family friendly northern Michigan town.


2. South Haven

South Haven is more than just a beautiful Michigan beach town. It’s where families from both near and far (lots of families from Chicago) can come to relax and get away. We love heading to the beach for the day or sitting by the harbor and people watching. Plus, check out the pirate chaser cruise or just enjoy a great playground near the beach.

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3. Saugatuck

From the strolling the cute shops to the beautiful beaches to grabbing a bite at one of their many restaurants, there’s plenty for the whole family to do and see in Saugatuck. We also love some of the special attractions that are offered in Saugatuck that will make you feel like you’re truly on vacation!


4. Manistee

Manistee is approximately 2 and 3/4 hours from Kalamazoo. It is an adorable little town just North of Ludington. This town is so picturesque that you’ll want to come back to visit again. You will find a number of beaches, hiking trails and opportunities to participate in a variety of water sports.


5. St. Joseph

St. Joseph is one of our family favorites for a quick day trip from Kalamazoo. Why do we love St. Joseph so much? The beautiful beaches, great shopping options, a huge interactive splash fountain, fun kids museums, and more make this a great family day trip destination.




6. Frankenmuth

Looking for a town with great food, an interesting history and fun annual festivals? Become one of the 3 million tourists a year that flock to Frankenmuth! Home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Zehnder’s Chicken and the Bavarian Inn Lodge, there is so much to discover.


7. Lansing

With only a little over an hour’s drive from the Kalamazoo area, Lansing is a great destination to consider for a family day trip. In addition to the automobile museums, the State Capitol Building, Potter Park Zoo, MSU campus, Lansing offers a multitude of areas to explore that just may make your day trip an overnight one!

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8. Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a “must visit” town that offers plenty of fun for the entire family. Just an hour and a half drive from Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor is the perfect place for your next day trip. You may know it for being home to the University of Michigan, but Ann Arbor offers great options that your kids are sure to love. You will find plenty to do with the museums, shopping, and tons of dining options, you’ll love to explore with your family.

Mac Wood Dune Rides

9. Silver Lake

Sand, sun, and tons of summer fun make the Silver Lake area a perfect destination for your next Michigan Road Trip. Silver Lake is about 2 and 1/4 hours from Kalamazoo (between Muskegon and Ludington). Your family will love the Silver Lake Sand Dunes which is the biggest attraction in the area with over 2,000 acres of sand dunes. Plus, the area is surrounded by fun activities and there is something fun for everyone.

10. Petoskey

The Petoskey area actually encompasses a number of resort communities along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay – offering a wide variety of attractions from zip lining to river boat tours and more! You’ll love the crystal clear waters, fun downtown shopping, Kilwin’s Chocolate Tour, and plenty of great home grown restaurants.


What’s your favorite Michigan town to visit in the summer with your family?