Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes Michigan

My husband I were talking about what we would like to do for either Fall Break or Spring Break this school year. Yes, I realize that it is only July but this summer is flying by, and it is time to start planning ahead. I am nothing if not a planner!

The hubs threw out Michigan so I immediately began my research!  I stumbled across Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. It looked like a perfect place for our little family and so I thought I would share with you why it looks like a vacation win for us!

What to know about Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

In order to get into the park, a pass needs to be purchased. There are 2 choices as far as passes go. The first is good for 7 days and runs $15 the second option is good for an entire year and costs $30.

Just a note, Sleeping Bear Dunes is operated by the National Park service, hence the need for a pass into the park. If your kids have been participating in the Junior Rangers program, they can continue with this program at while visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes.

No matter what sort of traveler you are, make sure you make the hike up the dune, it is one of those simple pleasure sort of things that will be forever etched into your children’s memory.

There is something for everyone. My husband would much rather spend time hiking and be exploring at our destination while I would prefer to grab a book and enjoy the beach.

Sleeping Bear Dunes has both of those options. With over 100 miles of hiking trails, he would be one happy visitor and I would be perfectly content to find a spot on the 35 miles of beachfront.

If you and your family are big biking family then don’t forget to pack your bikes, there are so many great spots to ride your bike!

In addition, there are several lighthouses in the area that can be toured.

Where to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes:

Camping the island is an option when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes, with 2 campgrounds to pick from. One is more modern and the other will have you living much more primitively.

If a hotel is more up your alley (I sure wouldn’t blame you!) check out these great choices:

The Lakeshore Inn is a very reasonably priced option for your family.

If you are looking for something that is a little more upscale, then check out the various accommodations that the Homestead offers, from romantic getaways to something more family friendly you will find it with this resort!

There is also quite a selection of Bed and Breakfast options, as well.

Places to Eat in Sleeping Bear Dunes: 

It seems like wherever we go we end up at a pizza place! Riverfront Pizza & Specialties is a great option for your hungry crew! The kids will be happy to have a pizza to eat and the adults can have one of the awesome salads if they are so inclined!


Dune Dogs will make everyone traveling with you happy! Don’t expect anything fancy, as far as being able to sit down and enjoy your food, but if a good Chicago Dog is what you are after you won’t be disappointed!

Arts Tavern is a great spot to head when your tummy starts growling. Bonus, they are open for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Have you been to Sleeping Bear Dunes before? What was your favorite spot? If you haven’t been, do you think that you will go soon?


What you need to know about Sleeping Bear Dunes Michigan

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