I lived across from Piedmont Park in 72 through 77 and enjoyed many adventures there
Piedmont Park is a massive recreational area in the heart of Atlanta. There is so much to do and see here. It is home to the botanical gardens, and often has events on the weekends. This is a great spot to just get outside and enjoy some fresh air!
There are so many trails to explore and it really is a beautiful place right in Atlanta.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
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This 66-acre botanical garden is one of the largest in the world offering spectacular exhibits throughout the year. For 2020, the holiday is celebrated wit h an amazing displays of the 12 days of christmas and even a christmas village.
8. Campus Martius Park, Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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We discovered this spot while in town for an event. There is a little spot called The Beach, which allowed our kids to play in the sand while we enjoyed some yummy food and cocktails! It had a shipping container bar and food. Patio style seating with sand for play and relaxation!
Cadillac Tower, 65 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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We discovered this place during our summer tour in 2021! Everly loved getting to roller skate! Online, this downtown location is said to be summer-long, so perhaps that means it is seasonal but will open again each summer. I know 2021 is the first year for the outdoor rec area. The area also features a daily rotating list of food trucks.
This is open 12pm-9pm Sunday to Wednesday
12pm-11pm Thursday to Saturday
I first came here as a kid and LOVED IT! It's this beautiful spot in Lake Huron set back in time. Your only form of transportation is by horse and buggy, bicycle or on foot. Trails and woods cover most of the island, which makes it a great place for a hike.
It is also the location of Fort Mackinac, founded in 1780. It's a British-built on the island's bluffs high above the Straits of Mackinac.
You'll definitely need a full day to explore the island and feel satisfied if not more. If you want to bike the interior of the island, go kayaking, visit museums and the fort or anything else, you'll need three days!
Ferry Cost (round trip):
Child 5-12 $17
4 and under FREE
We stopped here for the day on our way to Chicago from the upper peninsula of Michigan! We did a nice hike through the dunes to the lakeshore. It was definitely more intense than we thought, so bring more water than you think and go to the bathroom before you start the hike haha.
This is was such a great place to experience vanlife. Copper Harbor is a great stop for experiencing the outdoors-hiking, kite surfing and mountain biking! It's also the "gateway to Isle Royale National Park."
The town itself is VERY small, but it is a great spot to get away and very welcoming to RV'ers.
There are a couple of good restaurants as well as a microbrewery in town.
This was an interesting place for our family to spend the day. The park had a lot of nice pathways for our kids to ride their scooters. There are also carnival rides. It’s $23/unlimited rides per person or $5/ride. They also have a yearly pass option for about $50. I got both of our kids a pass and I had to buy a couple of $5 tickets to ride the train and carousel along with them because our youngest is only two and you need an adult on the train. It’s a fun spot. We spent a couple of hours there. However, it is very carnival-y if that makes sense. It would be a ripoff if it weren’t for the unlimited rides. If you have extra time and cash, it isn’t the worst way to spend the day. Definitely bring water, snacks and sunscreen.