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Flint, Michigan is located along the Flint River 66 miles from Detroit, 55 miles from Lansing and 38 miles south of Saginaw. Incorporated in 1855, it has grown to be the seventh largest city in Michigan and the fourth largest metropolitan area. It was founded in 1819 by a fur trader and became a major lumbering area. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was a leading manufacturer of carriages and automobiles and has been nicknamed “Vehicle City” for that reason. General Motors began in Flint in 1908 and centered their Buick and Chevrolet Divisions in the city until the early 1980’s. It was the center of events leading to the formation of the United Auto Workers.
Many sports celebrities got their start in Flint; over 20 players in the NFL started out here, along with nine in Major League Baseball, and 11 players in the NBA. That’s pretty impressive! Filmmaker Michael Moore is also from Flint; as is the well-known radio personality Casey Kasem, and game show host Bob Eubanks. Let’s not forget the popular 60’s band, Grand Funk Railroad, that got their big start in this city as well! This area has a lot to offer a curious explorer in a Flint RV rental, that’s for sure.
Outdoorsmen of all types can find plenty to enjoy in the area. Stepping Stone Falls along the Flint River is one of the most scenic locations to take the Flint motorhome rental in Genesee County, with plenty of picnic areas and bike paths. The Mounds is an off-road vehicle park that promises thrills and excitement for all types of off-road adventures. Their motto is “Making grown men cry since 1971.” A fisherman can be kept busy for days in the many lakes and fishing sites.
You can work on your tan at Bluebell Beach while the kids romp on the splash pad or take a picnic and a fishing pole to Buttercup Beach. Hikers would enjoy For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum with over 380 acres to explore and a treehouse to visit. Goldenrod Disc Golf Course will challenge you with a different kind of golf. You can ride a steam-powered train on Huckleberry Railroad along the shore of Mott Lake and explore the attractions of CrossRoad Village afterward. The Everett A. Cummings Event Center and Elba Equestrian Complex offer hiking and trail riding along the Flint River and surrounding forested landscapes. Mott Park has tennis courts, and Creasey Bicentennial Park features volleyball and basketball courts for the athletically inclined.
The many campgrounds in the area offer friendly staff, sewer and water hookups, and a variety of outdoor activities and amenities. Lake Shore Resort offers parking for many types of RV rentals, from a Flint luxury rental motorhome to a rental travel trailer, as well as pools, a beach, and scheduled activities. Wesleyan Woods Camp in nearby Vassar offers a zipline as well as a climbing wall! Genesee-Otter Lakes Campground has paddle boats. Boondockers may check the Walmart Supercenter on Corunna Road to restock on supplies or to bunk in the parking lot overnight with the Flint RV rental, just be sure to check with the manager first.
If you venture into town with the Flint rental RV, parking may be limited and traffic may best be avoided by using Flint’s extensive public bus system.
The Flint Institute of Arts inside the Flint Cultural Center on Kearsley St. has lots to see, and even offers special accommodations to colorblind visitors; EnChroma glasses help the colorblind to view the world-class collection of visual art without the color distortions that are normally present to them. Sloan Museum at FIA offers historic exhibits and hands-on science education. Courtland Center Mall in nearby Burton offers rotating and traveling exhibits from the Sloan Museum as well as Wisner’s Whizbang Emporium, an interactive gallery.
Michigan’s largest planetarium, Longway Planetarium is also at the FIA. It features 129 seats under a 52 ½ foot dome. The Full Dome Theater at the same location offers a wide range of programs focusing on history and science. Flint Children’s Museum is a favorite for children of all ages. For shopping and dining, Saginaw Street is the place to be, often featuring classic car shows and exhibits centering on the city’s automotive history. It has been central to downtown revitalization and preservation. Spymaker Escape Rooms are ideal for anyone who loves challenging puzzles. Local restaurants are varied and offer food to fit everyone's tastes and budget.
Genesee County and the town of Flint are eager to welcome and entertain you. When you book an RV in Flint, MI, whether a travel trailer or luxury motorhome, you will easily find everything you want to have a relaxing and educational visit.