Summer. YES, please. FINALLY!

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Education | 0 comments

After what seemed like the longest winter in history, Summer is almost finally here! (The unofficial start is Memorial Day Weekend).  In just a matter of a few days the kids will be out of school, the days of homework, and baths and bedtimes will finally get a break.  Summer

Soon our days and weekends will be filled with swimming, and bbq cookouts,  boating, amusement parks and hopefully a few weekend get-away’s and some great memories.  In my family we always look for short affordable vacations that can be driven in a day or so and be done over a long weekend.   We  always look at opportunities to visit or do something different.  We like to look for locations that has something of interest for all of us.   The Great Lakes region has some of the best boating and family locations in the United States. If you plan on visiting the Great Lakes this summer, check out this roundup of the top boating (and more)  locations according to the experts at Great Lakes Boating magazine. Michigan

  • Saugatuck, Michigan: Saugatuck, known as The Art Coast of Michigan, is nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan. The area includes many attractions that will make your boating adventure exciting long after you disembark. Try touring the Fenn Valley Vineyards and Winery or the Historic Felt Mansion. The Express Yourself Art Barn and the Crane Orchards are popular stops, and foodies will love the fine dining at Distinctive Dining. If you want to lounge by the beach, Oval Beach is the place. Rather partake in something more adventurous? Then check out the dune rides or horseback riding.Dune Rides
  • Racine, Wisconsin: On the other side of Lake Michigan is Racine, Wisconsin, America’s Kringle Capital. Kringle, for those who’ve never visited Racine, is a delicious oval-shaped Danish pastry. Beyond this sweet treat, Racine is also famous for 50 beautiful acres of sand along its North Beach. If you want to get away from the lake, the Racine Art Museum and Racine Zoo are popular attractions.
  • Door County, Wisconsin: You’ll enjoy Door County, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Midwest. Peninsula Park is the perfect spot for would-be campers and hikers, and the region boasts more than 20 beaches that are all great for swimming and relaxing. There’s also a wide array of options when it comes to shopping and a historic lighthouse.
  • Port Clinton, Ohio: Located on Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio, is a popular tourist destination. Adventurous visitors can enjoy the African Safari Wildlife Park. Not your cup of tea? Then consider taking a Marblehead Lighthouse Tour or Port Clinton City Beach, which has grills, restrooms and recreational facilities. The Catawba Island State Park has a stone beach, a fishing pier and the perfect setting for a rustic picnic.

Picnic    Summer vacation is just beginning,  Including these locations in your summer activities is sure to provide for a wide variety of things to do for the whole family!

Load the kids up and Get out and make some great memories!

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