Amusement Parks In Michigan: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

10/20/2011 03:27 pm ET | Updated Oct 26, 2011
  • Lisa Pratto The Huffington Post

Amusement parks in Michigan are small but fun. In fact, while many neighboring states have the large mega-parks, Michiganders enjoy the smaller family-owned facilities. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on amusement parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about the ones in Michigan.

Michigan's Adventure

Michigan's Adventure is a great mix of heart-pumping roller coasters and wet water rides. In fact, the park prides itself on offering a ride for everyone, from "child" and "moderate thrill" rides all the way to the rather ominous-sounding "aggressive thrill" rides. It makes for a great family weekend.

Thunderhawk

Thunderhawk is well-known in Michigan for scaring the pants off people. This popular coaster lets riders hang below the tracks as they are raced through twists and turns at more than 50 miles per hour.

Relaxing Cabanas

An added plus for families with small children is the ability to rent a cabana. Whether you need to dry off after some wet rides, take a midafternoon break to get out of the sun or nurse an infant, a cabana rental is a great idea. Call in advance.

All You Can Eat

Michigan's Adventure offers much of the standard park fare, including pizza, chicken fingers, pretzels, kettle corn, dippin' dots and ice cream. In addition, it serves up an all-you-can-eat barbecue picnic dinner during the months of July and August.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Michigan's Adventure. The park states on its website that it has "one of the best safety records" in the industry.

Address: 4750 Whitehall Road, Muskegon, MI 49445
Phone: 231-766-3377
Hours: It is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily mid-May through June and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily July through Labor Day; it's open until 11 p.m. on select weekends.
Price: $26 for all guests 2 and older. Multiday passes and group discounts are available.

Nelis' Dutch Village

The entire Holland, Michigan, area is known for and celebrates its Dutch heritage. Nelis' Dutch Village is no exception; visitors have the chance to walk through a typical Dutch village from the late 1800s and experience life from that time. It's a great way for families to experience history coming to life.

Carousel

From actual cheese making to taking a goat for a walk, Nelis' Dutch Village is not your average amusement park, but there is a carousel and a swing ride. In fact, the authentic Dutch heritage activities can be a learning experience for the whole family.

Tulip Festival

If you are heading out to Holland, try to hit the annual Tulip Festival in early May. You can join over half a million other people who seek out the small town and its 100,000 blooming tulips.

Dutch Favorites

The Hungry Dutchman Cafe offers a pleasant view of the pond and serves a variety of American and Dutch favorites. It's not every day that you can choose between saucijzebroodjes (sausage baked in pastry), erwtensoup (pea soup) and kroketten (breaded and fried ground pork) for lunch.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Nelis' Dutch Village.

Address: 12350 James St., Holland, MI 48424
Phone: 616-396-1475
Hours: It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily May through mid-September.
Price: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children 3 to 15, free for children younger than 2.

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