Family Rides

Lansing River Trail signBiking is one of the great family activities. And with Mid-Michigan’s abundance of bike paths, you’re never too far from a great choice for a family outing, no matter how young the riders. The secret is to keep the distance manageable and to look for diverting activities along the way. Many bike paths offer access to playgrounds, paddling, interactive visitor’s centers, and more. (See the sidebar for more tips on riding with kids.)

The Routes

I’ve covered two family rides so far, with more to come. Check out the list below, or find an excerpt of each ride here.

  • Lansing River Trail: One to 25 miles; lakes, forests, and an abundance of recreational activities
  • Kent Lake Trail: Near Brighton; one to nine miles; lakefront activities and a farm demonstration center

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