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41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768
Check out one of the largest waterfalls East of the Mississippi River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula! At 200 feet wide, this frothy, foaming waterfall is super fun to visit! It's also a very easy hike from the Upper Falls park entrance. Feeling like a bit more of a hike? Park at the Lower Falls and hike up to the Upper Falls!
With campgrounds, a pub/brewery restaurant, facilities, and gift shops, this is an excellent place to spend a weekend. Imagine the Fall colors, too!
This is one of my favorite places in Michigan.
Peter White Dr, Marquette, MI 49855
Lake Superior has a lot of scenic views, but some of the best ones require you to get on boats or kayaks. This one matches a lot of those views, but you can do a lot of it from a car! Also, it's FREE!
So check out Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan! There are scenic overlooks, places to swim, ore docks, cliff divers, rocky beaches, and some amazing scenery!
This one is a definite is you're in northern Michigan!
36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Ready for some ultra-clear water? Like snorkeling, camping, kayaking, paddle-boarding, or just about anything to do with salt water? Then it's time to hit Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys!
Not far from Marathon, Florida, or about midway down the Keys, you can find Bahia Honda State Park. It has a few beaches, campgrounds, a ruined bridge you can walk up on one approach, and general facilities to make your day or weekend great!
The beach is narrow and the water is shallow, but it is incredibly clear! You can see fish and head out to the line of sea grass, where you can snorkel and look for sea life!
At only $8 per vehicle, if you're in the Florida Keys and want a beach, this might be for you!
73 Forge Rd, Negaunee, MI 49866
Like history, industry, or mining? This is the place for you! Check out the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee, Michigan. It's not far from Marquette, so it's a great and FREE thing for you and the kids to do during a day trip out in the Upper Peninsula.
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI
Like American history? Like inventions? Like looking at classic buildings and small town life?
This is the Five Minute Field Trip for you!
Greenfield Village is a collection of dozens of classic buildings, all arranged like a farm and small town. Munch on old-fashioned sweets and treats as horses stroll by, fancy old bikes roll by, and Model T cars rumble past you. Then, hitch a train ride around the whole village!
It has gift shops, snack stops, demonstrations, rides, and playgrounds! It's a hit for the whole family, plus it's pretty AND educational.
Check this one out in Dearborn, Michigan!
25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Love Christmas? This is definitely the place to go! It's the World's Largest Christmas Store! It's not far from I-75 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and it's a great place to lose a few hours.
It's free to get in, and there are several acres of landscaped grounds and a store the size of several football fields. Inside, you'll find a dizzying display of Santas, moving displays, snowmen, lights, trees, and thousands of ornaments!
Don't forget that Frankenmuth has cheese shops, fudge shops, and great restaurants, too! Definitely make this a day trip!
2800 M-28, Marquette, MI 49855
Do you like nature and art? Lakenenland outside of Marquette, MI is definitely for you! Take a nice stroll down a wooded path and check out dozens of pieces of metal art! Many are junkyard salvage type art pieces. They're all pretty unique and interesting!
This site also has a bathroom, a picnic area, a small pond, a playground, and plenty of things to keep your field trip squad busy for an hour or more! Don't forget, this is a FREE location, too!
When you're done, cruise around Marquette or drive a few minutes to hit Lake Superior!
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
Are you into sports, architecture, or exercise? If you answered yes to any of these, and you're in the Marquette area in Northern Michigan, make sure to check out the Superior Dome!
Just a couple minutes from the downtown area, from Lake Superior, the ore docks, and several nice parks, this is a great stop!
The kids love running back and forth on the artificial turf. It's home to the NMU Wildcats, but it's open to the public during select hours during the year. Just check out their website...
28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33033
There are not a lot of castles in America, let alone Florida, so this one is a must see!
It's not a huge place, but it's a great stop off for 60-90-120 minutes. The tour guides know about all the history of the place and can tell you about the meaning behind every one of the special stones.
This is a fun place if you like:
At $18 an adult and $8 a child (7-12), it's not the cheapest place, but it's still fairly affordable. Check for coupons!
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
This place has a lot of stuff going on! It's a nature center, with hiking trails, wild animals, butterfly gardens, and it has a planetarium! It's actually the only planetarium in SWFL, so it's pretty neat! That's actually my favorite part, too!
Things you can do:
While other places nearby might do the animals better or the hiking trails better, this place's Planetarium and inexpensive cost make it worth a visit.
Five Minute Field Trips
Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Being an educational spot is always a plus!