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Northern Michigan Vacations: Go for a breathtaking dip. Warm up on the shore. Repeat. Throw in some fabulous, shaded picnic areas, long stretches of beach for sunset strolling, and some amenities for kids. Good thing summer days are long.
Veterans Memorial Park is Elk Rapids’ main locale for swimming, sunning and living it up. The location is especially nice for families, as the waters here are shallow and warm, and kids love playing where the mouth of Elk River empties out on the beach. Other features: basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables, play area, grills, and trees for finding respite from the sun. On River Street in downtown Elk Rapids. ELKRAPIDSCHAMBER.ORG.
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Lake Michigan Beach in Charlevoix is a popular white-sand oasis with all the amenities: lifeguards, concession stands, restrooms, picnic areas. It’s also the place to catch a gorgeous sunset, and is home to great rock hunting—especially for Petoskey stones. The beach is a short walk from downtown Charlevoix along the Pine River Channel. CHARLEVOIX.ORG.