Sleeping Bear Dunes

Empire, MI

Where are we going?

Sleeping Bear Dunes
9922 W Front St
MI 49630

231 326-5134

What is there to do?

Ever heard the saying "Don't wake a sleeping bear?", well we have a new one. How about "Quick wake up it's the day you go to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!" 

Sounds safer doesn't it!

Sleeping Bear Dunes is an amazing place to visit with the family, and arguably one of the most beautiful nature spots in the entire state of Michigan. It's a place where the family can create, dream, play, and re-charge. The lakeshore is comprised of miles of sandy beaches, as well as bluffs which tower above Lake Michigan.

Clear inland lakes, amazingly lush forests and a unique collection of plant life and wildlife make up the amazing world that you can explore! If you climb up the sand dunes too, you get an amazing view of the lake!

Start your adventure at the Phillip A. Hart Visitor Center - it's a great way to get your orientation, some maps, and get that first glimpse of those amazing sand dunes! Grab the car and enjoy the 7 mile drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive which will loop you through the forest and dunes so you can get some pretty amazing views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan.

Maybe you want to even take a hike along the Cottonwood Trail which actually takes you along the dune! There are lots of picnic spots along the way to enjoy too! 

Bike the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, or relax on the beach - it's up to you! If you fancy a bit of history there is Glen Haven, which is a beautiful village restored to be how it was around 1900 so a great piece of history thrown into your day! 

Amazing fun in one of the most beautiful places in Michigan!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $10 per vehicle. $5 per person on foot / bike

Children: $10 per vehicle. $5 per person on foot / bike

Discount: $20 annual pass.


Need a little extra help?

Check with the visitor center what trails are accessible.


When can we go?

Park is always open. Visitor Center 8am - 6pm in summer. 8:30am - 4pm rest of year.

All year round


Any top tips?

For a challenge, try the Dune Climb! Open all year round, but make sure you take water!

I’m Hungry!

There are snacks and drinks available seasonally, but why not take a picnic and enjoy your favorite family dishes!

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take plenty of water with all the hiking and climbing. Don't want to be hydrated! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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