When the weather warms and you’re in vacation-planning mode, your mind probably goes right to sandy beaches and endless waters. But if you want to get away from the crowd, Global Discovery Vacations has some northern destinations for the adventurer in you.
These northern destinations offer one-of-a-kind advantages you can’t find on the shoreline:
FootGolf (Traverse City)
No, these aren’t miniature people playing golf. It’s FootGolf, a hybrid of golf and soccer that is gaining world-wide popularity. This sport swaps the 4.25-inch golf hole for a 21-inch hole and you have to rely on your feet to tee off and sink putts. It’s a great way to get the whole family on the course! Try out one of Northern Michigan’s convenient locations for this modern spin on an old classic: at the Summit at Shanty Creek Resorts and Elmbrook in Traverse City. And you can find some of the best traditional golf courses in the country here as well.
Zoo-de-Mack (Harbor Springs, May 16-17)
If you happen to be around Harbor Springs in mid-May, bring your bike along for a picturesque view of the Lake Michigan Shoreline. Take this 51-mile bike ride – not a race – from the Zoo at Boyne Highlands to Mackinaw City. The terrain is easy enough for those with normal fitness ability, but if you’re worried about the length, you can take a 25-mile route from Cross Village. Best of all, you can start whenever you like between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Water Parks (Wisconsin Dells)
With an assortment of attractions from the Mt. Olympus Water Park to the Kalahari Resort, you can make a splash in the Waterpark Capital of the World. You can find other public parks at the Chula Vista Resort, Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Temple of the Black Pearl at Polynesian Resort. Indoor or outdoor, Wisconsin Dells has all the aquatic fun you can handle!
Circus World (Wisconsin Dells)
Bring the kids to this classic attraction, bursting with new features for 2014! The big top tent returns to Circus World after nine years, full of live circus performances from Ringling Bros. See the sideshows, wagons, music and animals in an intimate setting at the new “Caught in the Act” exhibit. And prepare to be dazzled by the world’s only appearing circus wagon illusion. You can see 10 different shows every day during its 55th Summer Performance Season from May 18 until September 2!
For those of you who have ever been to the White Mountains, this area should not come as a shock to you. Take the gondola skyride to an observation tower overlooking the mountain range and go spelunking in glacial caves. Get your heart racing at the Loon Mountain Adventure Center, which offers rock climbing walls, bungee trampolines and a zipline across the Pemigewasset River. If you’re bringing the kids, watch them navigate the elaborate obstacles at the Aerial Forest Adventure Park.
There are many alternatives to a beach-filled paradise if you’re willing to go against the grain, so we hope this gave you some good ideas! Call your Condominium Consultant and book your trip with Global Discovery Vacations today.
What is your ideal vacation spot during the warm months? Let us know in the comments!
Photo credits: Traverse City Tourism, Kalahari Resort and Loon Mountain Resort.