199299_1696farm_market2Just a 50-mile drive from Ann Arbor, Flint offers several family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. Visit on a Saturday morning for the expansive farmers’ market, or have an evening out and walk the Artwalk on a Friday night.


1. Applewood

Applewood was built in 1916 as a self-sustaining farm for the Charles Stewart Mott family. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the home and property comprise about 34 acres, including an orchard with 29 varieties of heritage apples and 18 meticulously landscaped acres. The original gatehouse, barn and chicken coop are still located on the estate.

1400 East Kearsley St., Flint

(810) 244-8512

2.  Artwalk (Second Friday of the month)

Organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council Public Relations Committee, this program is collaboration between two art galleries, a bookstore, and several cultural organizations in downtown Flint. The public is welcome to browse the galleries and enjoy live music and refreshments.

3. Flint Farmers’ Market

While the admission to this indoor/outdoor market may be free, the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and other specialties are hard to resist. Open year-round on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

420 E. Boulevard Dr., Flint
(810) 234-7717

4. Flint Institute of Arts

The permanent collection of the gallery is free; however, there is a charge for adults to view the temporary exhibition galleries (children 12 and under are free). On Saturdays, this fee is waived.

1120 East Kearsley St., Flint

(810) 234-1695

5. ForMar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum features 383 acres of carefully preserved Michigan flora and fauna and one of the state’s finest collections of rare trees. Hiking trails, a picnic area and a bird museum are located on site.

2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton