Affordable Escapes: Beach Vacations in the North
You don’t have to travel to the far, busy coastal areas this summer to give your family a wonderful beach vacation. If you’re craving the sun, water, and leisure you’d expect from a sandy spot, remember that there are many beautiful lakes and rivers across the U.S. that offer the same beauty and excitement without the chaos or expense. Most people forget that states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are quite pleasant in the summer, despite their bad winter reputations. Once the snow has melted, the landscape has beautiful greenery everywhere. Plus, the culture has outdoor fun and kind people that you will enjoy meeting, making this trip a truly hometown experience. Manitowoc, Wisconsin is one such place that has a lot to offer.
Family Aquatic Center
If you’re looking for the beach experience without the fear that your children will be swept away by ocean waves or encounter a loose jelly fish, the Family Aquatic Center is a great place to keep the kids contained and having fun while you and your spouse enjoy sun and relaxation. The center features a heated pool, mushroom waterfall, floor fountains, open water slide, enclosed water slide, diving board, lazy river, and a sand playground area. You can take a break from the water and build those sand castles, just like at the beach!
The Bernard Schwartz House
Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Bernard Schwartz House is a must-see attraction. Bring a little history and education into your visit by checking out this masterpiece. In the late 1930’s, while Lloyd Wright was at the peak of his creativity and fame, he designed this Life Magazine dream house for Bernard Schwartz, a Two Rivers businessman. Tour reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to book your spot in advance.
The S.S. Badger boat is a great way to experience the water and also see the great outdoors and local community that are around the area. It sails between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan daily, carrying passengers across Lake Michigan. Your vehicle can also travel with you, in case you’d like to experience far-off adventures on the other side of the lake. Travel across and take a few days to camp at the gigantic and breathtaking Ludington State Park, which is just north of the boat landing and surrounded by Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake. Even further north is the Lake Michigan Recreational Area, which are large forest areas offering amazing bike trails and lots of outdoor recreation.