Michigan beaches are all family-friendly, and boast stunning views of lighthouses, Lake Michigan, and sunny horizons. Have fun with your family on a sandy beach in Harbor Springs, or toss around the Frisbee in Boyne City. As for accommodations, there are plenty of beachfront Michigan vacation rentals to choose from. That said, take a look at the top family-friendly beaches in Michigan.

1. Lake Michigan Beach, Glen Arbor

Take your family to a family-friendly beach nestled near the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor. While vacationing in this stunning location, encourage your family to walk, run, or jog on the east end of the beach where families are welcomed year-round. During the summer months, the temperatures are just right for making a splash. When vacationing in Glen Arbor during the colder months, your family are welcome to walk on the sand and accompany you to the nearby Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Take the family sightseeing at the South Manitou Island Lighthouse.

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2. Rosemary Beach, Stevensville

Let your kids play their heart out on Rosemary Beach, and enjoy the attractions of Grand Mere State Park when you book a vacation rental in Stevensville. Once your family have expelled all of their energy, let them take a nap in your cozy rental. Later, head to nearby St. Joseph to ride the Silver Beach Carousel or hike Silver Beach County Park. Stevensville also offers entertainment for adults who want to kick back in the evenings and have a brew at the Watermark Brewing Company or The Welcome Inn Bar.

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3. Tannery Beach, Boyne City

If you have a family who does not like to be restricted while frolicking in the water, then Tannery Beach is the ideal place for fun in the sand. The beach boasts stunning views of Lake Charlevoix. Before trekking back to your pet-friendly vacation rental, see the sights of Boyne City that range from zip lining with Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tours to entertaining concerts at the Lavender Hill Farm. Opt for a fishing excursion on the lake, or rent jet skis or kayaks from Boyne Watersports for a self-guided tour of the waters. Even more adventure awaits you when signing up for a horseback ride with Boyne Valley Equine Tours and Services. Before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental with your pooch, grab some fresh fruit and veggies at the Boyne City Farmer’s Market.

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4. Zoll Street Beach, Harbor Springs

Located just on the western edge of Wequetonsing, Zoll Street Beach in Harbor Springs is highly recommended by the locals as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the state. Relax in the grassy areas near the sandy beach. This particular beach features picnic tables so you and the family can pack a lunch and enjoy some treats for the day. Spend the rest of your vacation in Harbor Springs taking part in outdoor activities, such as a tour of Pond Hill Farm. If you’ve booked a vacation rental in Harbor Springs during the colder months, try your hand at snowboarding at Nub’s Nob. The Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery is a great place to sit back and relax with your family right next to you on the outdoor patio.

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5. Grand Haven City Beach, Grand Haven

A vacation rental in Grand Haven gives you and the family a chance to hike through Grand Haven State Park with your family right by your side. When man’s best friend wants to make a splash, you’re in close proximity to Grand Haven City Beach, which allows kids to frolic in the sand and waters south of the swim buoys from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Your family can enjoy the entire beach. After some fun in the sun with your pooch, take the family to see the Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light on the south pier right where the Grand River enters Lake Michigan. Let the kids spend an afternoon exploring the 1,000 square feet of the Imagination Station children’s playground, and then admire the artifacts and exhibits of the early pioneers at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

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