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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Address: 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797
Phone Number: 231-326-5134
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Empire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
Owner description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking...
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking
Owner description: This national park includes a 35-mile stretch of beach on Lake Michigan for swimming plus 13 hiking trails.

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Northville, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We took a trip up north for the first time after living in Michigan for about 10 years. Not sure why we waited so long. My family stayed at The Homestead Resort and had enjoyed their clean newly renovated -almost hotel like rooms. The trip up to the dunes started with all 9 of us, 4 adults and 5 kids... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Its definitely worth going to before you die. You need to pay for a national park pass unless you go on a free day. It has huge dunes (the biggest I've ever seen). Its definitely worth going to if you have the time and money to do so.

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Detroit, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Must must visit place in Michigan! Great hike on the sand dunes and beautiful beach with the turquoise water..its just breathtaking! Climbing and going down the sand dunes is not as easy as it looked to us before ;-) Could watch the beautiful sunset from the beach! This is THE place you want to visit if you like to be... More 

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Mason, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We are so lucky to have a treasure like the dunes in Michigan. Some day I will make it to the lake. It is a long long walk with small children, but a must see.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We've lived in Michigan for 3 years now, and have heard consistently great things about Sleeping Bear Dunes. While we've visited other dunes (Grand Sable in the UP, and Warren Dunes in southwest Michigan), our first time to Sleeping Bear Dunes was in the beginning of Nov 1. We were driving through the area, and stopped in to take a... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I can't say in words how beautiful this place is! I grew up visiting here every summer as a child and quickly fell in love! I am surprised how many people don't even know about it! If you like to be outdoors go there, if you aren't one for outdoors then you might not enjoy it as much. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

I almost don't want to rate it so high because I don't want it to get over crowded and over popular! Great beach! Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My wife and I ventured up the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes during our honeymoon stay in nearby Traverse City. With an intense child-like anticipation, we parked at the Dune Climb and jumped out to start our adventure. Boy were we in for a hike! Whew! It was freezing cold and windy the day we went, but we were excited anyway.... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Took the family up here after much hype / pressure from coworkers and such. Have to say other than sightseeing there really isn’t much to do. We did like Lake Michigan but man is it cold, don’t plan on swimming unless you want to freeze....Even in July. Tried some hiking but the mosquitoes almost carried us away, man were they... More 

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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stunning vistas from every vantage point. Don't miss it. Get out of the car and hike to the viewing areas for the real views.

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