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"!
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?)