ADVENTURE STARTS HERE: 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"!