Cedar Fair Parks

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it has been 3 months since I last posted anything here. With that being the case this post feels a little outdated, except for the last part which includes a recent visit to a Cedar Fair Park

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

After leaving the Mackinaw area of Michigan we headed over to the Lake Michigan side of the lower peninsula to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The lake water in this area was such an amazingly beautiful shade of turquoise blue!

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Soo Locks

I mentioned in my post about our time in Mackinaw City that I became somewhat obsessed with ships sailing around the Great Lakes. Well the best place to see ships up close and personal is at Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie.

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Whitefish Point and Tahquamenon Falls

In my last post about our stay in Mackinaw City, I mentioned that we visited Whitefish Point where we learned about Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has several interesting displays and a movie about various shipwrecks that occurred off the coast of Whitefish Point. Most notably is the Edmund Fitzgerald which sank in November 1975. You may be familiar with the song by Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

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Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City

I’m not sure when I learned the correct pronunciation of Mackinac, but at one time I pronounced it like it looks. However, for those of you who may not know, it’s pronounced like Mackinaw which is the name of the city where we stayed while visiting the area.

We stayed at Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground in Mackinaw City which is now one of my new favorite campgrounds. It is just over the Mackinac Bridge on the lower peninsula of Michigan, on beautiful Lake Huron.

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Day Trip to Marquette, Michigan

While we were staying near Pictured Rocks in Munising, Michigan we decided to spend a day in Marquette. With gas prices the way they are, we didn’t want to drive there more than once so we crammed an awful lot into one day.

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Pictured Rocks Cruise

Last week I wrote about visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, but I wanted to save the pictures from the cruise for a separate post because this was the highlight of our time visiting this beautiful area.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

After leaving Manistique we headed up to the Lake Superior side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to visit the spectacular Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We started on the east side at Grand Marais and later moved to Munising. While staying at Woodland Park Campground in Grand Marais we enjoyed some amazing sunsets over Lake Superior.

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Manistique, Michigan

Our first stop in Michigan was at beautiful Manistique Lakeshore Campground on Lake Michigan. This campsite was definitely in our list of top 5 best sites we’ve ever had. This was our yard for 2 weeks and it was heavenly!

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Wisconsin Dells

This was our second time visiting Wisconsin Dells. When someone told me a few years ago that this is the “water park capital of the world” I thought she was kidding. Who knew you could play at water parks year-round in Wisconsin?

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