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Take a STAYcation in Michigan

Michigan's 5 Top STAYcation Ideas for Families

The great Mitten State is full of amazing STAYcation places, but Auburn Hills is — without a doubt — the best destination for families with kids!

Not only is it home to SEA LIFE, Michigan's largest aquarium, but also the state's largest indoor outlet shopping mall, and a 'WHALE' lot (get it?!) of other fun family attractions that you can't find anywhere else in Michigan.

Keep reading to learn more about what STAYcation ideas Auburn Hills has to offer!

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1. SEA LIFE Aquarium

Come face to flipper with over 250 species and 2,000 creatures including sharks, rays, green sea turtles and more!

At SEA LIFE Aquarium, you'll explore the freshwater lakes & rivers of Michigan all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet the amazing creatures who live there.

Then, find out what it feels like to pet a cold water sea anemone and finish your adventure by strolling through the Ocean Tunnel as thousands of fish swim overhead!

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2. LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The ultimate indoor LEGO playground is BRICK-loads of family fun and the best place for families with young kids to build, create and play together!

At LEGOLAND Discovery Center, you'll enjoy two interactive LEGO rides, a 4D cinema showing 4 different movies, MINILAND—where dozens of Detroit-area landmarks are built entirely out of LEGO bricks, a Creative workshop where you can take a class from a expert builder, Build & Test play zones and more!

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Peppa Pig World of Play Michigan - at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets mall in Auburn Hills, MI

3. Peppa Pig World of Play

Jump into Peppa Pig World of Play, a NEW indoor attraction for families with pre-school children and is located in Auburn Hills.

You'll explore 14 oink-tastic play areas, all lovingly inspired by the hit TV series: Peppa's Treehouse, Rebecca Rabbit's Underground Adventure, George's Fort, Granddad Dog's Garage, Madame Gazelle's School Bus and more!

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Great Lakes Crossing Outlets mall in Auburn Hills, Michigan

4. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Mall

Auburn Hills is home to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Michigan's largest indoor outlet mall, which features over 175 stores, restaurants, entertainment venues & family attractions.

Some of the popular stores at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets are: Coach Factory, Michael Kors Outlet, Kate Spade New York Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Under Armor Factory, Disney Store Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Shinola Detroit, True Religion Brand Jeans Outlet, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Tasty dining options include: Rainforest Café, Bar Louie, Miyako Japanese Steakhouse, Kerby's Koney Island, Famous Burger and Starbucks

Tips for visiting

Rainforest Cafe at Great Lakes Crossing mall in Auburn Hills, MI

5. Rainforest Cafe

Put on your safari cap and dine at the WILDEST place to shop and eat! Michigan's only Rainforest Café is located in Auburn Hills and is a fan favorite of fun-loving families with kids.

You'll see trumpeting elephants, roaring tigers, curious gorillas and other jungle creatures. You’ll even experience a fierce tropical thunderstorm storm but, don’t worry, you won’t get wet!

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