Spring Break Family Destinations Near Detroit

Enjoy a spring break trip without stepping into an airport. Here are five drive-worthy destinations that aren’t far from home.

Get ready — spring break will be here before you know it! This year, enjoy a family getaway without stepping foot in an airport. These spring break road trips have plenty of fun activities for both kids and grown ups to enjoy. The best part? They’re all just a few hours from home! 

Start planning a spring break getaway to one of these not-too-far destinations for families, or check out our Ultimate Family Road Trip Guide for even more travel ideas.

Sandusky, Ohio

  • Approximately two-hour drive

Photo credit: Cedar Point

Best known as America’s Rockin’ Roller Coast and the home to Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, is a blast for families with kids of all ages. This destination is perfect for families who love to be on the go, even when on vacation. 

Spend a day (or more!) at Cedar Point amusement park where there are rides for tots, tweens and even thrilling adult roller coasters. Check out our family guide to Cedar Point for all the best tips, family deals and more exciting ways to enjoy your day at the park. 

Not a roller coaster family? No problem. Sandusky offers indoor and outdoor water parks, family-friendly resorts, golf courses, delicious dining options and much more

Grand Rapids, Michigan 

  • Approximately 2.5-hour drive

Depending on when your child’s school breaks during the spring, you might not know what weather to expect when traveling in the Midwest. No matter the temperature, Grand Rapids has so many fun activities for families to enjoy. 

Visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to see spring flowers blooming. Kids can enjoy an interactive children’s garden and older tweens will love splashing the boats in the Great Lakes Garden. Parents will find a sense of relaxation in the serene Japanese Garden. 

Grand Rapids is also home to a children’s museum and the oldest museum in Michigan, the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Parents who love craft brews will have another reason to love this city. Grand Rapids is home to more than 40 craft breweries, all within a 30-minute drive of each other. 

Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Approximately 2.5-hour drive

Kalamazoo has something for every family: scenic nature, kid-approved museums and activities and great dining options, as well as some fun nightlife and breweries for parents! 

Kids can let loose on Climb Kalamazoo’s more than 10,000 square feet of climbing space. Airway Fun Center is another great place to get out some energy, from go-karts to mini golf, a ropes course and more.

The Air Zoo takes learning about aviation to interesting heights as it features flight simulators and a hot air balloon-themed Ferris wheel. For outdoors-y families, Kalamazoo Nature Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s best nature centers.

On the way to Kalamazoo, stop in Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World, where magicians are immortalized in stars on the sidewalk and you can find thousands of handmade magic props. Light up the eyes of little magicians and see if they can devise clever tricks of their own.

New Buffalo, Michigan

  • Approximately 3.5-hour drive

If you’re looking for a beach town escape without boarding a plane, New Buffalo is the place to go. 

Just over three hours from Detroit, this charming town has scenic Lake Michigan views and a cute downtown area with shops, restaurants and, of course, old-school ice cream parlors. 

Water activities include kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and jet skiing. Families interested in boating can rent a variety of boats and try tubing or water skiing. There are even guided yacht cruises that will take your family up and down the coast.

While visiting, be sure to make a quick stop at the tiny New Buffalo Railroad Museum, or take a winery tour at one of the many local wineries in southwest Michigan. 

Chicago, Illinois

  • Approximately five-hour drive

Photo credit: Choose Chicago

We can’t guarantee perfect springtime weather in Chicago, but we can guarantee that your family will have no shortage of things to explore, experience and eat in The Windy City. 

From the dazzling architecture to world-class museums and award-winning food, there is always something for families to do in Chicago. Pair splurge-worthy dining experiences and museums with the many free events and activities the city has to offer for a truly amazing trip. 

Find all of our favorite spots for Chicago tourists in our family road trip guide.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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