I am looking for campgrounds in Michigan, preferably 1 -2 hours away from the Flint area, that have something to do within walking distance or a short bike ride.
We have 2 children, 8 and 4. We don't take a tow vehicle so we would like a campground with something close by we could do. I guess examples would be Frankenmuth Jellystone or Mackinaw Island, although a little further away. Even Duck Creek in Muskegon is another example with Michigan Adventure across the street.
So share with me any similar examples of these types of places, would like to hear your ideas. Thanks in advance.
Right down the road in Ottisville, MI is Covnent Hills Campground. They have a lake, full hook ups, large play ground and hiking trails.
Down in Monroe you have Harbortown has pool with an Arcade with go carts next door. Over off 23 in Summerfield is a large KOA with a lake and water slides.
There's a KOA right off I-69, just west of Port Huron. Loaded with kids activities. It's also kinda within town, so lots of places you could bike to. Another is Algonac State Park, a mile north of Algonac, and five miles south of Marine City. Both real nice small towns, with lots to see and do. Nice bike paths along there as well.
I grew up in Goodrich from the late 60's thru the 70's and the folks till live at Gale and Baldwin rd. They might have some suggestions. I know my sister goes north to Petoski or Traverse city but I don't know how long it takes to get there.
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Grand Haven State Park if you can get in as it's extremely popular. Reservations are a must! Approx 160 miles west of Goodrich on nearly all Interstates. Right on the Lake Michigan beach and the long public pier 1/4 mile long into Lake Michigan and the big wide deep Grand River. Camping is on concrete pads (174) with only a few trees but they aren't needed as the breezes blow in off the big cool lake constantly and it's like having A/C. Superb state of the art bathouse with approx 16 totally private tiled door/room showers surrounding the building. Beach sports constantly both amateur and college/pro. Spectacular sunsets to die for at night over Lake Mlchigan! Over 160 miles of paved bike paths or stroll the wide unique boardwalk to downtown (7 blocks) along the river that has restrooms, food, backed seat benches to relax on, continous grassy parks along the way plus marina's, a kids water splash pad, a large imagination station, the skate park, The US Coast Guard station complex, so many boats and ships, the original worlds largest musical fountain, and so many thing to do in town and local parks there. All are free! Free musical programs/performances, dances, there's boocoo dining/cafes (indoors and outdoors) everywhere (about 35+ places in downtown alone)- all types of meals or snacks there, even rooftop dining places with views of the harbor and Lake Michigan. A great restaurant (seats hundreds) right on the beach just south of the State Park (been there almost 40 years now and reservations are needed most summer nights and every weekend). Also has an outside patio area for dining or livations right on the beach. Lots of free parking if you choose to drive to downtown. Yes, it's very popular but not crowed as it's a large area in size. Charter fishing for salmon, laketrout, etc or a ride on the sailing schooner out into Lake Michigan. 7 other CG's in the local area including the huge heavily wooded PJ Hoffmaster State Park five miles north (about 1100 acres with 300 campsites and 2-1/2 miles long beach on Lake Michigan plus huge sandunes to play on and so many hiking trails and other things. Kids love the area as do adults. Whole local area is very clean, safe, and family orienated and friendly. You'll come back year after year like most others do!
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I second Covenant Hills, Port Huron KOA also although KOA generally means bring lots of csah. There are also a couple of county parks in Oakland County (www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/campgrounds/Pages/default.aspx).
Camp Dearborn? It is on a single section of land, less than a mile from anywhere to anywhere else. One of the lakes is in the camping area, as is the swimming pool. The larger lake with boat rentals is a short walk. 27 holes of golf for people who do that.
The activities are outdoor recreation, focus on water and beach. Always a lot of people: RV campers, tent campers, cabin campers, and day visitors.
If you are looking for something more like an amusement park, Cedar Point is almost within two hours of Flint and has a RV park within walking distance.
I lived in Royal Oak for years so I am familiar with the area. If you want the very best in Campgrounds, you will have to go to Pokagon State Park, Indiana. Take I-69 just into Indiana. It's very close and only about 2-2.5 hours from you. You will not regret it. Beautiful. Miles of haiking trails, 5 separate campgounds, camp store, even an old european style hotel in the park. In the winter....the best Tobagon slide in three states. No kidding. We moved to Georgia a few years ago and still talk about this park. We have nothing but wonderful times. Check it out.