Finding the right destination for a traveling family can be difficult. Each family member probably has his or her own unique interests, and it can be tricky to find a place that keeps everyone happy. When we traveled to Traverse City, Mich., in September I knew we would find a good mix of natural beauty, shopping, water sports, food and wine to keep our family of three happy. Unsure if the northern shores of the lower peninsula of Michigan is the right spot for your family? These seven reasons to visit Traverse City might help make the decision.
The biggest challenge to cramming as many activities as possible into a small window of time is actually being able to enjoy everything on the itinerary. On our recent three-day visit to the Traverse City, Mich., area, we were faced with this situation as we wanted to experience as much of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as possible, while also visiting other attractions along the Leelanau Peninsula. So in our attempt to experience the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in just a few hours, we followed this Sleeping Bear Dunes three-hour guide.
When we visited Indianapolis a few months ago, it was an experience that had something for the whole family. We enjoyed great food, shopping, art museums and plenty of activities our then-6-year-old son would love. It’s hard for me to say what was his favorite activity. He didn’t want to leave the massive Indianapolis Children’s Museum, he’s been asking to ride a surrey ever since our experience at the Indianapolis Central Canal, he loved the dolphins and sharks at the Indianapolis Zoo, had fun playing drums at the Rhythm Discovery Center, and was thrilled to get a special tour of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. So instead of trying to put into words what Indianapolis was like for a child, I’ll let our now 7-year-old son tell you. Introducing Colby Wiedower with his Indianapolis Children’s Guide, which also happens to be his first published story.
A jewel of the American West is found in Indianapolis at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The Eiteljorg is one of just two museums focused on the American West and Native Americans east of the Mississippi River. And it’s a can’t miss destination in Indianapolis.
I’m a 36-year-old Southerner with a bachelor’s degree in history. I live in the city that the National Civil Rights Museum calls home. But after visiting The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis I have a confession to make: I never knew who Ruby Bridges was until visiting the museum. Sadly, I didn’t know the name of the little girl who was the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South until I visited a children’s museum in the Midwest, where a wonderful exhibit on three historic figures affected by hate exists.
That educational exhibit for older children is reason No. 1 for me and just one of too many to count why The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis might just be the coolest place I’ve seen to spend the day with family. Looking for educational experiences that come with hours of fun for the kids? The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the place.