10 Kid Friendly Activities

Western Lake Michigan is the perfect location for affordable family adventures. Here are some great kid-friendly ideas near Holland and Saugatuck Michigan.

1-Sandy Beaches

Head to the west coast for an incredible beach experience...Michigan's West Coast. With great sand, and perfect sunsets, the beaches in Holland and Saugatuck are the place to be on a warm summer today.

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2-Saugatuck Dune Rides

Enjoy 40 minutes of adrenaline that's great fun for the whole family. This ride up and down the natural sand dunes outside of Saugatuck features modified trucks. You'll get to stop and view the dunes, Lake Michigan and take lots of pictures.

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3-Nelis' Dutch Village

Experience life in a quaint Dutch village right here in Holland, Michigan. Dutch Village is a treat for your kids with rides, a special petting zoo and Dutch dancers in wooden shoes. Exhibits, food and Dutch goods like delftware round out the experience.

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4-Holland Community Aquatic Center

Looking for some indoor water fun? The Holland Community Aquatic Center was ranked one of the Best in the Nation by Indoor Aquatics magazine. The center features a lap pool, 150-foot water slide, indoor water play area called the Splash Zone, a water zip line and much more. Don't worry, anybody can visit for a day...you don't have to be a Holland resident.

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5-Windmill Island

You and your family can visit a real Dutch windmill located on Windmill Island by downtown Holland. The Island is a garden spot featuring beautiful flowers in the Spring and Summer. There's a carousel and playground for the kids and you can purchase flour ground in De Zwaan, the windmill.

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6-Degraaf Nature Center

Get next to nature free at the DeGraaf Nature Center. There are a variety of public programs available throughout the year. Check out the calendar for great outdoor activities for you and the kids.

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7-Star of Saugatuck

Enjoy a cruise touring the Kalamazoo River, Lake Kalamazoo and entering into Lake Michigan on the Star of Saugatuck, a delightful paddlewheel boat. Kids love the "big boat" with the giant paddlewheel. It's the perfect way to see Saugatuck and the wilderness around the town from the water.

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8-Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is an outdoor nature center open year-round. It's free of charge to hike the nature trails and observe wildlife. The kids will love the Birds of Prey exhibit and the Fillmore Discovery Park, a nature playground. There's also a wildlife enclosure featuring elk for the family to see.

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9-Mount Baldhead Park

If your family wants a physical activity, consider climbing up and down Mount Baldhead. It's the tall hill between Saugatuck and the world famous Oval Beach. The one-mile hike is 300 stairs up offering an incredible view of Saugatuck and a great workout for the whole family.

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10-Holland Museum

The Holland Museum is located in downtown Holland and features rotating exhibits about the area and Holland's Dutch heritage. Learn all about Western Michigan at the Holland Museum.

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