Family summer road trip great lakes

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Jul 23, 2008
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Family summer road trip great lakes

Hi !

we are looking to do a road trip next summer at the end of july and vegining of august . we have 14-18 days for that road trip. here,s our situation:
-We are from Montreal
- We have 2 kids (6 and 10)
- we want a mix of cities, museums, outdoors and attractions parks.
- we want to include Chicaco and cedar point in our trip.

What do you think of

1) Mtl to Syracuse (sleep in Syracuse)
2) Syracuse to Sandusky (cedar Point) : stop between ?
3) Stops between Sandusky and Chicago ?
4) Chicago for 4 nights (Industry museum, walking in the city , Cubs game)
5) Explore the Michigan region and cross back to Canada via Sault-Sainte-marie
6) Stop in Toronto to see some friends

Thanks for all advices and ideas !
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May 8, 2016
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You can detour from Syracuse to Watkins Glen and hike the through the state park. It is one of the coolest sights I've ever seen. You can check out all of the Amish country through the Finger Lakes region. Penn Yann is a gorgeous little town to stay in. Not far from there is Corning, NY and the Corning Museum of Glass. Heading back towards Rochester you can make a stop in Le Roy, NY and go to the J-ello Gallery (it's kitschy, but neat). In Cleveland you could check out the Rock N Roll hall of fame or possibly (depending on date) take in a pre-season Cleveland Browns game. The Browns have such a poor record that tickets are dirt cheap. Even if you're not a football fan, the NFL culture is a sight to see and it is something to experience.
On your way home, you could pencil some time to check out the automotive museums in Detroit and take a drive by the giant Uniroyal Tire (you can't get near it, unfortunately). Back in Canada, plan some time to stop in Sudbury and visit the Dynamic Earth & Science North museums. Tons of fun for adults & kids.
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Jun 12, 2007
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tostaky wrote: ...

3) Stops between Sandusky and Chicago ?
4) Chicago for 4 nights (Industry museum, walking in the city , Cubs game)
3) Indiana dune national lakeshore on Lake Huron about 1 hour east of Chicago has great sandy beaches
4) If you are a member of the Montreal Science Center, you can get free admission to the Adler planetarium, Chicago field museum as well as the museum of science and industry via the atsc passport program

Same atsc passport works for free admission at Science North in Sudbury and Ontario Science Centre in Toronto
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Not sure if you have enough time to go all the way up to Sault-Sainte-Marie, another alternative is to visit Frankenmuth and cross back at Detroit.
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Jun 11, 2005
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+1 for Cedar Point always wanted to go but never made it.
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Feb 1, 2006
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There is also a big indoor waterpark near Sandusky, Kalahari I think it's called?

If you are foodies, Buffalo has a few Diners Drive Ins and Dives places that are worth checking out. We love Sofia's.

Erie, PA would be on the way, nice beach.

We loved Detroit with kids, some neat areas to explore and things to see.
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On your way to Sault Ste. Marie, I'd make time to see Mackinac Island, and Mackinac bridge. The island is a great place.
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Jul 23, 2008
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IT,s been a whil but thanks to all. We still haven't figure exactly what will be our itinerary but we will, for sure, make a 2-3 days srop around Watkins Glen. Maysbe we will leave Cedar Points for when the kids are older.
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Stock R wrote: The Strong museum in Rochester. Your kids will love it.

We were there last month and the kids loved it. Couldn't do everything in 1 day so we'll be back at some point.


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