Paddle the Crystal River

WHAT TO DO THERE: Take the family on a 2-3 hour trip along one of northern Michigan's best river rides. With clear water and a sandy bottom all tucked deep in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, you'll see why the Crystal River has earned its name.

WHAT TO BRING: A cooler for drinks, water shoes with straps (flip flops might get lost), sunscreen, and a way to secure items like keys and phones in case you go under (like a water-safe bag).

OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: Glen Arbor is full of great shopping, arts, and eats. If that's not enough, rent some bikes at Crystal River Outfitters and head down the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail for a gorgeous view of the scenery.

KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Opt for the SUP (stand up paddle.) It's surprisingly stable and easy to do, and gives you a different perspective (and workout).

TIPS: Just have fun. You really can't go wrong with this trip, even if you tip! Be sure to "shoot the tube"!

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Love Stainless Steel Mizu Thermos

The best way to enjoy kayaking? With a cold drink at hand. This double-walled, vaccuum-sealed thermos keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 18. A top clip helps secure it to your boat in the off chance you tip (but that will never happen, right?)