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#30 Take a day to hit up LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE at Great Lakes Crossings

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#30 Take a day to hit up LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE in Great Lakes Crossings

Region: Southwest

Location: Auburn Hills

Tour a miniature Detroit at the Legoland Discovery Center in Auburn Hills! The ULTIMATE Indoor LEGO® Playground! Obviously, this is a great activity to do with kids, but if you’re just itching to feel like a kid again (or for those who never grow up), they’ve got Adult Nights too! The attraction includes a 4D cinema, two rides, Detroit landmark replicas in MINILAND, a LEGO® City play area and more. You can even learn to be a SPINJITZU master inside their newest play zone, Ninjago Training Camp! And while you’re at Great Lakes Crossings, hit up the SEA LIFE aquarium to see creatures from the lakes of Michigan to the ocean depths through 10 themed zones. They feature more than 250 different species of sea creatures, a huge ocean tank, an acrylic underwater viewing tunel, educational talks, and more! While you’re there go see Carr and Benson, their rescued green sea turtles and Octopus Hideout.

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2016: #22 Navigate the wilds of Belle Isle

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Photo by Jennifer Bowman.

#22 Navigate the wilds of Belle Isle

Region: Southeast Michigan


Our writer Krissy Schwab describes Belle Isle: “Located between the United States and Canada, Detroit’s Belle Isle is the third largest island in the Detroit River –even larger than Central Park in New York City!  With just under 1,000 acres of land, Belle Isle offers plenty of places to visit and see or plenty of space to spend a lazy summer afternoon away from the city heat.

Looking for some history? Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and the Belle Isle Aquarium are grouped together on the southwest side of the island. A short jaunt north on the island takes visitors to the Belle Isle Zoo.  The Zoo is a microcosm of plants and animals found around Michigan.  Aside from informative exhibits, the Zoo offers a small petting area and deer refuge for children to explore. Belle Isle also features a number of parks and beaches for gatherings.  On almost any windy summer day, visitors can see professional kite fliers around the island.  People can also fish from the beaches and bike around the island on the bike paths.”

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