A trip to Delta County is sure to win over the entire family! We have all the quick insights to best equip you for your family vacation in any season. See you and the family soon!
Our beaches are the perfect way to spend the day swimming or relaxing. There are many beaches in the Bays de Noc area, some busier than others. If you’re looking for more to do, Gladstone Beach and Escanaba Beach have parks nearby for the kids and lifeguards on duty. Gladstone also has a slide in the water for all kids at heart. Looking for more privacy? Head to the hidden beaches by Ford River Boat Launch or to the shores of Portage Point outside of Escanaba. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Visit the Escanaba Marina to pick up free yellow bikes for you and the family to ride around for the day! That’s right. Free! Check out Ludington Park in Escanaba or head downtown to explore local shops.
Check out our Fishing page to get an idea of what it is like in our area. You will not be disappointed, and it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the scenery. There are several fishing guides ready to show beginners their newest favorite hobby or experts the best fishing spots. Fish on!
Fayette Historic State Park is a great way to spend the day reliving a historic townsite. If you’re a Michigan resident, you can buy your recreation passport through the secretary when renewing your license for $12. Wells State Park is also another great destination with camping, hiking, and abundant beaches.
Check out our Camping page to find your next campsite tailored to the experience you’re wanting. Insider tip: Pioneer Trail Park has modern amenities and hook-ups closer to town. J.W. Wells State Park has rustic cabins for rent and campsites available, and Haymeadow Creek Falls Trail is more for the backpack camper. Our page offers info on all the campgrounds in Delta County!
Hall Farms Sunflower Field in Rock Michigan is a hidden gem for the family. You can walk among acres of bloomed sunflower fields, and the owners are kind enough to let people in at no cost, although donations are greatly appreciated. This spot is perfect for the photographer in the family or better yet paints the ideal scene for your family Christmas card.
U.P. State Fair
The U.P. State Fair is an annual summer event that just keeps growing in numbers. There are a ton of different activities for the family, such as concerts, animal exhibits, a car show, and a carnival. Each year new events are offered. Tip: you can camp at the fairgrounds to be close to the action, and if you buy a weekly pass, you can save some cash. Also, kids 5 and under are free.
Catch some speed riding a tube down The Gladstone Ski Hill. Spend the day watching the kids have fun trying out each track. Hang-out in the warming hut with a bonfire nearby or you can take part in the action. Link-up tubes and hit the hill as one single unit; they also have a return lift to get you back to the top. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
Tired of being cooped up inside? Take the family to one of our many snowshoe trails in the Upper Peninsula. The Escanaba Civic Center offers free snowshoe rentals for 24 hours, so no trail is left untouched. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy the winter months.
Eben Ice Caves
The Eben Ice Caves are a unique experience for the family. Walk-in and between these huge ice sicles! This land is private but is open to the public. Ice cleats or snowshoes are highly recommended.
If you’re new to ice fishing, it is an unforgettable way to spend the day and a memory the kiddos won’t forget. Check out our Fishing Page to learn everything you need to know for a safe and fun experience. Ice Fishing guides are a great option to increase your likelihood of a catch.
Photo by: @findingfish906
The Wells Sports Complex in Escanaba offers open skating with rentals that will fit each size of feet in the family! Open skate is $5, and rentals are also $5. Check their Facebook page to make sure what days open skate is available.
This is family entertainment that you simply can’t get on television. Watch as bikes, quads, and side by side race around on the ice. It’s also perfect for a family-friendly budget with only a $5 donation fee. Happening every Sunday in the winter at 1 p.m.
Challenge your family to a corn maze this fall. Delta County has multiple mazes to choose from and gorgeous sunflower farms still in bloom. Check out our link to see what corn mazes are nearby.
Explore one of our three farmers markets. These farmer markets offer a wide variety of veggies and fruits and baked goods. It’s a great opportunity to get a better sense of the area and what it has to offer!
Fall Color Tour
We love fall. There is no shame in taking a day to drive around and enjoy the fall colors. Check out our Fall Color Tour page to get some ideas of routes you want to take to see the most colors!
Not everyone knows that Delta County is home to one of the best viewing spots for the Monarch Butterfly Migration. This is a free activity and something that not everyone gets to see. Click on this link to see where to go to for the best viewing.
Maple Syrup Tapping
If you want an educational experience for your kids during late winter and spring, look no further. Learn how maple syrup is made in real-time. Visit the Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in Bark River to try tapping a tree for yourself or watch how to make 100% natural maple syrup. This is a great way to keep the kids entertained while teaching them how much work goes into the things they enjoy daily.
Tour Delta counties museums. Dive deep into Delta County History at the Delta County Historical Society Museum. Is the family a fan of the outdoors? The Webster Marbles: Inventing the Outdoors Museum is a must-see. The William Bonifas Arts Center features a galley and often has exhibits available for viewing.
The UPutt Family Fun Center, located in Escanaba, offers a black light mini-golf course that is themed after each of the Upper Peninsula’s seasons. They also have an arcade featuring skee ball, air hockey, and basketball. Plus, budget-friendly snacks!
The Bowl-a-Rama in Escanaba is another fun spot for the family to visit. This retro bowling alley includes an arcade, grill, and adult bar. Tip: If you check their Facebook Page you can catch some pretty good deals such as $1 bowling night.
16 Water Plant Road
Escanaba, MI 49829 US
Gladstone, MI US
Garden, MI US
Region: Garden Peninsula
8463 North 75
Gladstone, MI US
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