6 Fun Spots to Explore With The Money-Saving MAP

Shake off the end-of-summer doldrums, grab your library card and get ready to explore somewhere new with the littles. Here are five ways to use the Michigan Activity Pass for discounted adventures perfect for a family afternoon.

Forever Curious Children's Museum

Head to downtown Fennville to while away the hours at this curiosity-sparking venue. There are tons of hands-on activities to engage younger kids, including a rock-climbing wall, kinetic sand table, puppets, winding tunnels and a bubble station.

MAP: 2-for-1 admission ($4.50/person) or 40% off an annual family membership ($39 with discount)

202 East Main Street

Fennville, MI 49408

Nelis Dutch Village

Step back in time upon entering this small but amply entertaining amusement park set against a charming Dutch backdrop. Rides include a ferris wheel, carousel, swings, zip line, while farm animals, lively demonstrations and old-fashioned shops round out the experience.

MAP: 2-for-1 admission ($12: adults | $10: children ages 3-15 | free: ages 2 and under)

12350 James Street

Holland, MI 49424

Photo courtesy of Kalamazoo Nature Center

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Explore more than 10 miles of hiking trails traversing 1,100 acres of forests, marshes, ponds and prairies that make up Michigan's largest nature center. There are several easy to moderate trails that are perfect for pint-sized hikers, as well as a playground, farmyard and interactive visitor center.

7000 North Westnedge Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

MAP: 2-for-1 admission ($6: adults | $4: children ages 4-17 | free: age 3 and under)

Photo by BassistenSchmidt via Wikimedia Commons

Warren Dunes State Park

Get to the beach and climb the massive dune formation, the top of which offers unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. Afterward, hit the water or the lush hiking trail. Bring a picnic lunch for a leisurely lakeside meal.

Warren Dunes State Park

Sawyer, MI 49125

MAP: free one-day access for one vehicle

Photo by Lt. Scott McIlnay via Wikimedia Commons

USS Silversides Submarine Museum

This awe-inspiring World War II submarine is a unique piece of American history worth checking out. Learn about military technology at the interactive museum and take a tour of the actual vessel.

MAP: Up to four free museum admissions; discounted tour rates ($10: adults | $5: children ages 5-18 | free: children ages 4 and under)

1346 Bluff Street

Muskegon, MI 49441

Photo courtesy of Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum

This park-like museum showcases almost 400 vintage automobiles and motorcycles, including an 1899 Locomobile, 1930 Rolls-Royce and '57 Chevy. Wander through an old-fashioned gas station and enjoy lunch at the nostalgic Blue Boon Diner.

6865 W. Hickory Road

Hickory Corners, MI 49060

MAP: 2-for-1 admission ($13: adults | $10: children age 7-17 | free: children ages 6 and under)

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