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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

#1 of 16 things to do in Empire Features Animals
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.
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“scenic drive” (210 reviews)
“lake michigan” (336 reviews)
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-5134
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the Pierce Stocking Scenic drive as well as stopping at Sleeping Bear Point. The rain did not dampen our experience. Be sure to stop at the ranger stations and they will give you good guidance - a lot to do in the area.

Thank Tom P
Reviewed 4 days ago

My family and I visited this park on our vacation to Michigan in June. We started at the visitor's center in Empire. We received good information and decided to do the Dune Trail, visit historic Glen Haven, and hike the Pyramid Point Trail. We hiked...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you're close, stop and at least do the scenic drive! And if you do, don't speed thru the stops. Drive slow, enjoy the actual scenery and beauty of nature. We had several cars pass right by us as we were watching a deer and...More

1  Thank dzwiers
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There's a very good reason the US Park Service chose this as a National Lakeshore. You go right from old-growth hardwood forest to rolling sand dunes that end at the shore of Lake Michigan. There are dozens of scenic places, hiking trails of different levels...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sleeping Bear dunes climb.....12 year old, 14 year old and two adults....had a great time! You can climb & climb. Then picnic at the park below. Plenty of space for picnic blankets, few picnic table though. Gift shop open on weekends.

Thank jjaannee66
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been visiting areas along the dunes since I was a child and recently was able to take my 3 and 6 year old to the Sleeping Bear Lake overlook for the first time. They loved looking over the lake and playing in the sand....More

Thank Danielle M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My hairdresser recommended this place to me, so wanted to check it out. It is like nothing I had ever seen before, and I've traveled quite a bit. Just beware that climbing up the dunes is very strenuous and I had to take a few...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids (13, 13, 17) and I (53) just returned from the Sleeping Bear Dune area. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this place! The kids spent more time out of the kyak than in it during our 3 hour trip down the Crystal River;...More

1  Thank lgregg2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sleeping Bear Dunes has been on my bucket list for years, it did not disappoint. We stopped at the Visitor Center to purchase our park passes, there is an excellent opportunity to learn about the area. We followed the "Popular Spots" map, including the scenic...More

Thank Michelle F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not climb down to the water, but did enjoy the park from the lookout points. Beautiful views across the lake and down the dunes. Well paved roads and sufficient parking. Plentiful picnic tables and restroom facilities. The visitor center is located outside of...More

Thank Yvonne N
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Hello, My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to MI and wanted to include Sleeping Bear on our to do list. I have been reading a lot about it, and it seems like there are a variety of areas and activities. From what I understand, there are portions you can drive and then view the water from look out points? Also, what I am looking for is a less strenuous (and short) hike to an area with swimmable water. I am not an athlete or an avid hiker and I'm worried about climbing the dunes. Just trying to get a better idea of what I'm going to find here. Any info or suggestions? Thanks!
22 June 2017|
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Response from Take-a-Break-Girl | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you received many fabulous answers, already. I only know WE are seniors and made it up those dunes! They really aren't impossible, just easier on younger bodies with actual muscle mass!!! Ha! Tons of information... More
Jen S
anyone suggest on cabins to rent in the area during the summer months?
11 April 2017|
Response from ejm99 | Reviewed this property |
We were there in early fall. The Homestead Resort is a great place to stay. Not sure they have cabins. Suggest you check with local chamber or various booking cites. Book early as the place fills up!
Diana F
I'm excited to be visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes this summer, but I am traveling with a 2 year old, and heard the bugs could be bad. How bad are they? Does bug spray keep them at bay or are they very aggressive? My 2 year old is very sensitive to bites.
7 April 2017|
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Response from lesleyanne_newsted | Reviewed this property |
In the dunes and on the beach, there are sometimes flies that bite but I have never had any problems with mosquitos. Mosquitos cannot fly in wind and wherever there is a breeze you are going to be safe. If you are away from... More