The Ultimate Michigan Summer Bucket List

Are the kids bored already? Well . . . get them out the door to any and all of these aaaaahhhmazing Michigan hot spots! Here at Detroit Mom, we know how summer can be, so we put our mom brains together to compile your Ultimate Michigan Summer Bucket List. Save this post or print it out and hang it up where the whole fam can see, and choose where your kids want to go to have FUN!

From rainy-day activities to sunshine all day, we have you covered. Metro Detroit is action-packed with festivals, farms, and FUN! So, grab your cute bathing suit or hot hiking boots, and let’s explore!

bucket and shovel in sand with sunshine and the words the ultimate summer bucket list

Whether you want to spend time with nature, grab a bite to eat at a new restaurant, add a new park to your park hop list, or just want to do something NEW, rest assured that our list will provide your family with endless hours of summer fun. This is also perfect for those out-of-town visitors that you want to show off our state to. So, get started! See how many activities you can check off of our Michigan summer bucket list!

The Ultimate Michigan Summer Bucket List:


For the animal lovers in your family, you’ll want to check out:

Farms + Nature

Definitely save this section for a gorgeous summer morning. Michigan is home to so many family farms and natural areas! Check out some of our favorites:

Food + Nights Out

If you’re looking for a new place to grab lunch or dinner, or something exciting to do at night as a family, here is where we recommend:

Kid-Friendly Outdoor Activities

Plan to check out some of these kid-friendly places earlier in the day, before it gets too hot:

Music + Festivals

Don’t forget a comfy blanket or lawn chair and some snacks when you stop in for these sights and sounds:


Have you ever done a park hop? Add these parks to your list the next time you head out to play:

Photo Ops!

Summer is not complete without the photographic evidence. We’ve planned out the BEST spots to stop for photo ops, including:

Rainy Day Indoor Activities

We know Michigan weather can be unpredictable, so here are some spots to check out this summer when it rains:

Water Activities

Save these for those HOT days when you want to be outside, but need a way to stay cool:

Traveling with your kids this summer? Don’t miss Rana’s tips for a successful road trip vacation.

This post was originally written by Whitney Cornelli and updated in 2024 by Antonette Slobodian.

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Antonette is a Girly Boymom of 2, a Dogmom of 3 and a wife of a hard-working husband in the medical field. Born in Detroit and raised in the "Burbs" they now reside in Macomb Township where they love to update their sweet, sweet home little by little for 10 years now. She was a SAHM-Socially Active Home Mom- due to the Pandemic. But then worked for a children's charity organization for over a year where she found her Philanthropy passion for the non-profit world! With that she has worked in Retail Management for a number of years from High-End Fashion to Home Decor! You can say “This Filipina Mama has a Sense of Style”! When she’s not having fun with her boys, you will find her volunteering at church or Instablogging @quaityofwifeandboys. Here, she shares Filipino Recipes, Kid Stuff, Fashion-Forward Reels and anything and everything about being MOM! She also loves to sing and dance! You’ll always find her wearing some sort of Pink and drinking a Latte! There's also a momprenuer bug inside this non-stop Filipina! She is a freelance writer/content creator for various businesses and publications. She is here to help your business or non-profit organization!


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