Bob and Shirley Russell opened Rock Glen Family Resort in 1972. In the years that followed, the Russells realized the need for family-oriented recreation facilities?especially of the outdoors variety?was growing. So they continued adding to the resort until it became what it is today: a quiet country getaway tucked away amid the scenery, where families can retreat from the bustle of busy lives and enjoy numerous activities. Here, you can camp, swim, and even putt your way across an 18-hole mini-golf course that is free for members. You can also make the short walk to Rock Glen Falls, an area that also happens to be one of North America's fossil deposits?so, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dinosaur bones and cassette tapes sticking up from the soil.
The building that houses the Port Huron Museum is a piece of history in its own right. Originally constructed by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, it served as the public library, and was slated for demolition just a few decades ago before being saved and lovingly restored by volunteers. Today it's home, not to books, but to more than 45,000 objects relating to the history of the Blue Water area, including Native American artifacts and one of Michigan's largest model ship collections. Alongside physical displays, the museum also hosts educational programs and field trips to teach visitors all about subjects as wide ranging as Mount Everest and the history of cartooning.
But beyond the walls of the main building, the Port Huron Museum also includes several historic locations where visitors can step back into the region's past. These include the Huron Lightship, a floating lighthouse that was stationed at the Great Lakes in the 1900s, as well as the Thomas Edison depot, where the young inventor once published his own newspaper for the train riders.
At Pine River Stables, experienced equestrians and instructors pair guests with patient, well-trained horses for lessons or scenic rides through more than 100 acres of rustic expanse. For more than 40 years, expert instructors have been teaching horsemanship and proper riding techniques. Trails weave throughout the land, leading riders over peaceful hills and meadows and alongside a seasonal creek that migrates south every winter to become a Florida beach rivulet.
Everything from Arabian sport horses to shetland sheep roams the grounds of Shimmering Moon Farm, where breeders and trainers raise a whole herd of animals fit for English, western, eventing, and the simple pleasures of an afternoon trot. At the farm's outdoor ring, instructors teach equestrian basics—such as grooming, tacking, and English and Western riding techniques—during private lessons, progressing at each rider’s pace and focusing on safety to keep students from getting tangled in the reins.