The Perfect Summer Family Vacation on Michigan’s Thumbcoast

Raven Cafe

Considered a culinary, cultural, and musical center in downtown Port Huron, the Raven Cafe is located in a restored Civil War-era building, one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Port Crescent State Park

Resting along 3 miles of Lake Huron’s shores of sandy beaches and sand dunes in the upper Thumb of Michigan, Port Crescent State Park is one of the top places to go in the Thumbcoast for a nature lover looking for hiking trails and biking trails. It has a 2.3-mile Day-Use Trail, 0.75-mile Dunes Nature Trail, and 2.5-mile Organization Area Trail.

Huron Lightship

Climb aboard this floating lighthouse to view the living quarters and listen to stories about its active history. It was the last operating Great Lakes lightship.

Marine City Beach

For beach swimming and beachcombing, spend a day at Marine City Beach. In addition to the sandy beach, it has shady grassy areas where you can watch passing freighters, as well as barbecue grills and picnic tables. There’s even a universally accessible playground for children.

Thomas Edison Depot Museum

Housed inside the 1858 Fort Gratiot train depot, this museum portrays the multifaceted story of Edison as a world-famous inventor through interactive exhibits. You can explore the restored railroad baggage car outside too.

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