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Old 05-08-2019, 02:09 PM
 
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I'm planning a week long summer vacation for the family in the Great Lakes area. We have two three year olds. I've heard that Michigan has a lot of good cool small towns along the lake with nice beaches, but would like to know if Wisconsin or other states have similar destinations. Since our kids are young water sports are probably not as important as the availability of other kid friendly activities.
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:56 PM
 
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Not the Great Lakes, but Lake George, NY is awesome for children and it's on a lake.
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Old 05-09-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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Not the Great Lakes, but Lake George, NY is awesome for children and it's on a lake.
Thanks for there are enough small lakes in my area. I want to experience lakes large enough to have effects on weather.
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Northeast Wisconsin (Door County area.)

I've vacationed in the UP on Green Bay most of my life but its not a "happening" town. Mostly we hang out at "the cabin."
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Let me introduce you to Door County, Wisconsin. And if you want cheesy fun, you can pair a visit to Door County with a trip to the Wisconsin Dells.

Mackinac Island might also be worth checking out.
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I've lived in MI and WI (and along Lake Erie in Ohio).

Michigan is the clear winner here.

Anywhere in the following counties;
Leelanau
Grand Traverse
Benzie
Antrim
Charlevoix

The region is beautiful and there is more to do than in Door County, WI.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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I've lived in MI and WI (and along Lake Erie in Ohio).

Michigan is the clear winner here.

Anywhere in the following counties;
Leelanau
Grand Traverse
Benzie
Antrim
Charlevoix

The region is beautiful and there is more to do than in Door County, WI.
Is Traverse City a good base to explore these counties?
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Is Traverse City a good base to explore these counties?
Absolutely.

Quick drives up the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, to Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Torch Lake, Charlevoix among many other great places to check out.

I've stayed in TC several times and also in Interlochen a few times. If you have trouble finding a place to stay in TC look in Interlochen. We found a great lake house to rent.

The west coast of MI simply has more towns. Eastern WI quaint lake towns are limited to Door Peninsula and Sheboygan. It's really a shame how much of the lake shore is not utilized. I consider myself lucky to live blocks from Lake MI in the Milwaukee area.

Oh, and Mackinac Island is always worth the trip. Other than that, unless you want to check it off the list, I don't see any reason to go to the U.P. I lived up there for awhile. You're better off staying below the bridge.

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Old 05-10-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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Traverse City and Door County are excellent ideas!
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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To warn you, unless you want to be one of 500,000 people descending on Traverse City at the same time, you should avoid the first week of July. It's the annual Cherry Festival. A great time if you're into it.
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