Friday, March 31, 2017

Things To Do In Jackson Michigan [Local Friday Feature]

Jackson sits along Interstate 94 in the south-central area of Michigan.  It is located about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. Founded in 1829, the city was named after President Andrew Jackson. It has a population of around 160,248 residents.

All year round, Jackson offers different fascinating ways to spend time with family, or just simply discover a new hobby. Lots of people know Jackson as a home of the Michigan State Prison. But there are so many other wonderful things to do, experience and remember in Jackson! Nature lovers will surely fall in love again in exciting birding activities. Jackson also caters for fun outdoor activities; whether touring art museums, Michigan’s first state prison or going about shopping, Jackson has a lot to offer.

SPARKS PARK POPULARLY KNOWN AS CASCADES PARK

All kinds of sports are available in 457-acre Sparks Park from basketball, baseball, playground areas for the kids to their popular paved walking trail.

The park also boasts of their 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course. The famous park also adds another great pastime, the Urban Fishery which has a pier with wheelchair accessibility. One can just cast a fishing line to reel in large-mouth bass and bluegill. A large picnic gazebo provides a lot of sunshine during the summer. In winter, Cascades Park becomes a playground for kids enjoying the sledding hills.

Cascades Falls

Cascade Falls Jackson Michigan. Things to do in Jackson Michigan

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The man made water fall was completed in 1932 and one of the most famous landmarks in Jackson. Cascade Falls take pride in six massive fountains, three reflecting pools, and 16 waterfalls. Music creates an amazing effect when played alongside with the playful waterfalls. Often times, they have fireworks display for everyone to enjoy.

Ella Sharp Museum

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Considered as a ‘gem’ in Jackson, Ella Sharp Museum exhibits wildlife art such as carvings, many different clocks and the history of Jackson. The museum opened in 1965 on a 530-acre property of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Families can enjoy sculptures, a planetarium, a log cabin and a historical Victorian mansion.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Things To do in jackson michigan sand hill crane jackson michigan vineyard

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This family owned vineyards creates their own handcrafted wines using the best local produce in their own premises. Their wines are well known for the very distinct taste of rich and complex characteristics and are made in small batches. Tourists consider the vineyard as an off beaten path destination but a great way to spend lunch in an al fresco ambiance.Livnfresh is all about the Michigan beer makers and wine makers. Check out our “Love Michigan beer section” and see if anything tickles your palette.

Falling Waters Trail

Fun things to do in jackson michigan falling waters trail

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Falling Waters Trail links Concord, Summit and Spring Arbor townships which cross the Lime Lake. The trail brings in together dog lovers, bike enthusiasts and nature lover of all ages. The trail provides a 10-mile hike which makes it great to shed off the pounds from those wine tasting activities or simply contemplate on life. The paved trail makes it easier for children who would want to explore nature. Want to enter the next race? One of our ¼ performance zips might make your early training sessions more enjoyable, or at least you can look good while running!

Cell Block 7

Thigns To Do In Jackson Michigan. Put The Fear of God in your kids by visiting Cell Block 7.

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Cell Block 7 will give the experience of what is life behind the doors and it is “as close to prison as you can get.” The facility is not just a replica it was a real prison where the most hardened criminals in Michigan dwelt. Also, it was built beside a working penitentiary, which makes the experience even more realistic.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Not leaving Michigan for spring break? These 5 ideas will keep your family entertained with staycation activities.

With spring break on the horizon, families are beginning to plan activities that would be fun for the whole family. Children are excited to have a long-anticipated break from school while parents are looking forward to quality time with the family. However, with expensive airfare and other nuisances, more and more families are opting for a staycation as opposed to traveling far for spring break. For those who live in Michigan, here are five ideas to keep your family entertained during a staycation.

1. Make a day trip to go skiing.

Glen Arbor based homestead offers free magic carpet tickets to little ones learning how to ride

Despite the lack of mountains, Michigan still boasts plenty of impressive skiing resorts. Most people will be surprised to discover that Michigan ranks second in the nation for the amount of skiing spots found in the state. In fact, Michigan has an amazing 49 different ski areas. This is a great way to get the family out of the house for spring break without having to fly to an exotic location. Besides being fun for all ages, it can also be very reasonably priced. Regardless of where you live in Michigan, there is bound to be one ski resort within driving distance. This makes it an excellent choice for a day trip. No previous experience or investment is needed as all equipment can be rented at the resorts.

2. Indoor Paintball

Another adventurous activity that families can enjoy as they spend spring break in Michigan is indoor paintball. This fairly recent phenomena sees teams dressed up in protective gear as they they shoot small balls full of paint at opponents. While this activity is serious enough to cause bruises, it is also safe enough for families so long necessary precautions are taken. Families can enjoy the different activities and games that are incorporated into indoor paintball. Some common examples include a standard elimination match between two teams as well as the classic capture the flag game. This activity is a great option when the weather outside is not cooperating. Furthermore, this can be a great bonding experience for families.

3. Bouncy Houses

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While this activity will be geared more towards the kids, parents can release their inner child and have a blast as well. Bouncy houses have been a staple of childhood fun for generations. Having fun with this activity can be a great way to spend time with the family. While the most common method for using bouncy houses is renting, there are some business that have emerged as of recent that offer bouncy houses. Some of these business even offer a restaurant along with the bouncy houses. These places can be a great way to spend a day with the family. However, renting bouncy houses will be much easier. If the weather cooperates, families can place these funhouses in their backyard and enjoy hours of endless fun.

4. Visiting Amusement Parks

Both parents and children alike can enjoy a nice day at an amusement park. All throughout Michigan, there are several options for both amusement and water parks. There are even some indoor water parks to accommodate even the worst weather. These amusement parks include many different activities for all members of the family. For those thrill seekers in the family, many different types of roller coasters can be found. There are also more tame activities for those who enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere. These amusement parks make a great day trip for the whole family. Yep, it might be a bit cold for roller coasters and amusement parks might not quite be open depending on how cold it stays.

5. Experiencing the Outdoors

Michigan has some of the most beautiful natural parks in the United States. From dense forests with winding trails to rolling hills, the state is sprawling with beautiful nature. In fact, there are 100 natural parks that cover 250,000 acres in total. Families can pack up a tent and head out for a weekend camping trip or simply go for a day hike around their home. Regardless, the great outdoors can provide a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway for the whole family. Bicycles can also be rode on specially designed trails for yet another outdoor activity.

Although a staycation doesn’t include an exotic getaway, families don’t have to sacrifice on fun. There are plenty of activities around Michigan that offer hours of excitement. Because many of these activities only require a day, they can be added together for an unforgettable week. These are just five ideas of ways to keep your family entertained. Remember to get input from all members of family to ensure that all desires can be met. Another benefit of staying home for spring break is the sheer amount of money that can be saved. This money can be put towards a future vacation abroad or simply spent in your home state gear.



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Friday, March 17, 2017

Winter Family Fun in Northern Michigan – Avalanche Bay and Great Wolf Lodge

Traveling to Northern Michigan in the winter provides ample opportunity for fun with the family. While the weather outside is often cold and blustery, indoor activities can allow the kids to get out some of that pent up energy. When you’re looking for vacation lodging for the cold winter months, it’s best to find a resort that has plenty of things to do with your family in Northern Michigan. Indoor water parks like Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain and Great Wolf Lodge are the ideal way to enjoy the winter weather while vacationing in the area.

Avalanche Bay – Boyne Mountain

This water park resort located in Boyne Falls, MI, boasts of having the largest indoor water park in the state. This place is ideal for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This resort is open to guests at the lodge. Plus, they also sell wristbands to those who wish to enjoy the water park, making this an ideal place for locals to take the kids when the winter days seem long. While it’s cold and snowy outside, guests can enjoy the indoor temperature of the park which is always kept between a toasty 84 – 87 degrees. The park has lifeguards, which helps parents sit back and relax without having to worry about keeping an constant eye on the kids. The Kitz Pool area is ideal for the younger kids under 36″ in height. Older kids can enjoy the bigger slides like The Big Coulior, Super-G, and Vertigo.

Guests of the resort can take advantage of the many amenities on-site. The resort has an arcade for the kids to play in once they’ve had enough time in the water. There are several dining options at the resort, which helps to prevent the need to get into the car and drive to a restaurant when everyone gets hungry. The resort has many different packages that allow a family to stay and play without leaving the property. Some packages also have the option to add a buffet breakfast at a reduced price. The Snack Shack is located inside the water park so that the entire family can have a quick snack without having to leave the park. Another great thing about the resort is that it offers close access to some of the best skiing in the state for those who enjoy the snow.

Great Wolf Lodge

So my family and I just stayed there. So all the photos will be from our stay at the GWL. Sorry Avalanche Bay, I could not find any of my cool photos from our stay there, I blame facebook and not being able to search for my photos via keywords!

This resort, located in Traverse City, MI, has a water park that can easily occupy the entire family for several days without hearing claims of boredom of having nothing to do. The youngest ones in the family can spend time in Whooping Hollow and Cub Paw Pool, which have slides and activities for toddlers and the younger set. The older kids will have a blast on Alberta Falls and the large rafts on River Canyon Run. The entire family can float in the lazy river at Crooked Creek or soak up the warm, relaxing water in Manitoba Tubs hot springs. The indoor park area has chairs and lounging areas for parents to relax. One of the benefits of staying at Great Wolf Lodge is that the water park can only be used by guests of the resort. This helps to prevent crowding in the water park area.

Great Wolf Lodge also offers many other amenities to make for a pleasant stay. There are various children’s activities throughout the resort and these are included with each resort package. Packages vary based on the time you wish to stay at the resort but there are often seasonal specials that can be taken advantage of to provide some savings. There are several dining options at the resort, including snacks, desserts and pizza, along with an on-site Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, there is a dining option inside the water park area so that the kids don’t have to leave the fun to get a bite to eat. The accommodations at the lodge easily suit various sizes of families with the different suites offered, some of which are themed to make that vacation extra special. Guests also have access to WiFi throughout the resort. Parents can take advantage of the fitness center, which is always open.

Indoor water parks are one of the best things to do with your family in Northern Michigan when the weather is cold. Great Wolf Lodge and Avalanche Bay are both excellent options for the family looking for a place where they can hang out and relax for the entire vacation without having to pack everyone in the car to travel around town. While the weather outside may be cold and snowy, the atmosphere inside these water parks is always warm and inviting, giving the family plenty of space to enjoy all the activities offered.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Planning A Summer Getaway to Northern Michigan? Make Sure To Check These Beaches Out

If you’re planning a trip to Northern Michigan, you’re going to need to spend some quality time at the beautiful beaches that stretch across it’s shores. Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing picnic in the sands or a bonfire party under the night sky, Northern Michigan has beaches perfect for all your vacation needs. These are the best beaches in Northern Michigan to visit. And from the beach to the bonfire Livnfresh has the perfect Michigan Apparel to keep you cool or cozy whatever the Michigan weather throws at you. Chic tank tops to luxurious hoodies. We got you!

1. Pere Marquette Park Beach

This gorgeous beach located right in Muskegon is great if you’re looking for a beach with lots to do. The park stretches for miles along the coast and is equipped with playgrounds, volleyball fields, and picnic areas. People can often be found kayaking and windsurfing right off the shore. Although it’s bustling with people, this beach is so big that it never gets too crowded. When you’re ready to relax, enjoy an intimate view of the waters at the pier. You can even stroll over to one of the many restaurants nearby for a lakeside dinner.

2. Hoffmaster State Park Beach

Just north of Grand Haven, Hoffmaster Beach stretches for 3 miles along the coast. If you’re looking for a beach to camp at, this is the place to go. You have to reserve your spot early though because campsites get swept up quickly! With huge, wind-swept dunes, fabulous hiking trails, and majestic forests, it’s no wonder why this area is so popular. Even though it’s full of people, the campsites are hidden from traffic areas and are actually quite private. The beaches have clean sand, flat terrain, and are simply stunning.

3. Fifth Avenue Beach

This beach is located right in the town of Manistee. The views from this beach are something to marvel at. With crystal clear waters and gorgeous sands, it is a great place to be a bit of a beach bum. There is even a lighthouse with a paved walkway leading right to it. If you are in the area around the 4th of July, you can join the hundreds of others that gather on the beach to watch the fireworks. This is a family-friendly beach with a playground for the kids to enjoy. Parking is easy and the facilities are modern.

4. Point Betsie Lighthouse Beach

If your beach experience isn’t complete without some rock hunting, check out Point Betsie Beach in Frankfort. This is one of the best beaches in Northern Michigan for a day of adventures and discovery. The beach has bright blue waters and rocky areas that are fun to climb around. The lighthouse is still operating and definitely worth checking out while you’re there. Go when it’s open so that you can climb to the top and get an incredible view of the beach.

5. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear is one of the best reasons to visit Northern Michigan. Take a ferry ride over to this area to see one of America’s most beautiful national parks. The dunes are huge and full of fun trails to spend a day hiking along. The beach itself stretches for 65 miles in total and is full of great lookout points. Empire Bluff Trail is one of the best beach trails on the island with easy terrain for those who want a less strenuous hike through the dunes. The beaches are clean and sparkle at sunset.

6. Clinch Park Beach

Clinch Park Beach sits right along the downtown area of Traverse City. Go here if you want an entertaining beach experience. There’s a large playground area with fountains for the kids, tons of restaurants and clubs right next to it, and fun festivals throughout the year. With a boat launch area, you can even spend a day boating around or kayaking along the shores. The waterfront recently went through some renovations and is now very clean and well-maintained. It’s a perfect place for family activities.Looking for more fun things to do in Traverse City? We got you covered.

7. Ludington State Park Beach

Ludington Beach has got to be one of the prettiest beaches in Northern Michigan. The park has great hiking trails, fishing spots, kayaking, and lots of incredible swimming areas. The beach area is huge and stretches for miles. Although popular, it never feels too crammed with people because of it’s expanse. A lot of people go out to the dune areas for hiking. There is even a river nearby that you can take a relaxing float on. The sites are well-maintained and very clean. Lots of people travel here specifically for the campgrounds.

If you enjoy scenic sunsets, water sports, camping, hiking, and all around outdoor fun, Northern Michigan beaches are made for you. A trip to any of these gorgeous sandy shores is a guaranteed memorable vacation waiting to be discovered.



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