National parks are places of wonder and discovery for the whole family but especially for young children. Exploring, playing, and learning in safe outdoor places provide our youngsters with the opportunity to develop positive experiences in nature and to grow as healthy kids. Even if you can't make it to a national park, there are resources for home or at school such as coloring pages, Story Time with a Ranger videos, or Park Ranger Playtime videos.
However, if you're planning a family visit with young children to Pictured Rocks, check out these places and ideas to try.
At the Beach
The park has a few beach locations that are easy to access with nearby parking. Depending on your lodging location and length of stay, look to visit Sand Point Beach, Miners Beach, or Twelvemile Beach all found on the park map.
At a Waterfall
The best waterfall to visit with young children is Munising Falls. It is a short, paved trail that is approximately 800 feet to the waterfall and meanders along and over Munising Creek.
On a Trail
The best trails for young children are the Sand Point Marsh Trail and the Munising Falls Trail. Other trails can be found in the park that are longer in length and may work for your family in small segments based on your child's abilities.
Please remember to teach your young ones to be kind to all living things, to stay on the trail, and to leave all natural items as found so that other visitors can enjoy them too.
At Home or At SchoolThere are a variety of early childhood resources below to use in your home or at your school if you are unable to visit Pictured Rocks. Come discover the park through stories told by rangers or play and learn right beside them. You can also download coloring pages that are drawings of places or things found here in the park. Be sure to check back as we will continue to add more activities to do from home or school.
Last updated: July 23, 2020