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Lake Orion

pittsburgh, pa
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Lake Orion

My husband and our 2 kids are going to the metro Detroit area for 1 week this summer. We're looking for lakes not far from the Detroit area. Does anyone know if Lake Orion has a beach/swimming area, We drove thru the town and thought it looked like a nice place, is there anything to do in the area? We've been to Great Lake Crossing and Canterbury Village, any suggestions. Thanks, we appreciate it.

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Well I am not sure that Lake Orion has a public beach. I believe that most of it is private homeowner lakefront property.

However if you are looking for swimming spots in that general area you could try Stoney Creek Metro Park which is huge and has 2 beaches (www.metroparks.com/parks/pk_stony_creek.php). I believe that the cost for entry is $4 per car per day or you can buy an annual pass for $20. The park also has a nature center, frisbee disc golf course and a golf course.

Another option would be Addison Oaks which is an Oakland County Park. They have swimming, volleyball, etc. The website is www.oakgov.com/parksrec/ppark/addison.html. I believe that the park entry fees are about the same.

Other options in the general vicinity include the Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum (http://www.cranbrook.edu/). You could also check out the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak (about a 30 min drive from Lake Orion). http://www.detroitzoo.org/

Some other fun places to consider depending on your kids ages are The Lionel Hobby Train Visitor Center (www.lionel.com/CentralStation/Findex.cfm) and Marvin's Marvelous Mechincal Museum (http://www.marvin3m.com/)

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thank you so much for the great info! We appreciate it!

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I don't know how much help this will be because I don't know where you're staying; however, if you are going to be north of the metro Detroit area, there are several water parks in the Lapeer area. I think the best thing would be to check the Lapeer, MI web site. Also, the Palace of Auburn Hills is a major entertainment venue (Pistons, big name entertainers, etc.)--you could check what's happening there on-line also. Also, in Metamora (just north of Lake Orion), there is a State Park which undoubtedly has swimming--double check the State of MI website--they list all their parks. And if you feel like driving north a bit, there's always Frankenmuth which is a lot of fun. They specialize in Christmas-365 days a year! It's quite an amazing place with really inexpensive lodgings and caters to families. Have fun.

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