Mac Wood's Dune Rides
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We offer a 40 minute tour of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. We have a vehicle that holds about 20 people that goes on a seven mile trail in the dunes. We stop at Lake Michigan or Silver Lake for a few minutes for pictures and to enjoy the view.
Mears, Michigan

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Ryan Lawler
38 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
If you visit the area, you must take this tour. $20 a person for a roughly 40 minute trip through the beautiful Silver Lake Dunes. Driver was nice and personable and the trip was awesome.
Written August 3, 2021
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Jessica Sisson
Mogadore, OH12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
First, they forgot to put us on the list, so our wait was long. Our driver didn’t seem into it- maybe having an “off” day? You only get EIGHT MINUTES to explore and take pics on the Lake Michigan shoreline. They never let us off ON the dunes. The ride, the info/history was all great. Would still do this again!
Written August 3, 2022
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kjillustration
Hudsonville3 contributions
Aug 2020
This is a really fun way to see the dunes. The driver was entertaining, combining humorous comments with information about the dunes and environment. A great balance of fun, educational, and just a little bit of thrill-ride that kept the teens in our group happy. We had a group of 9 and they were able to accommodate us pretty quickly with no problem (It was about a 45-minute wait, but I was actually surprised how fast it went because they were BUSY.) It's also a great option for those who may not be physically able to climb the dunes - we had the option to walk down the dune to the lake or stay at the top and enjoy the view depending on what we were comfortable with.
Written August 8, 2020
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Jen R
Petoskey, MI83 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
So we’ve visited this area for a number of years, and MAC Woods is a constant pleasure. This year, as with everything, is a little different. I appreciate the COVID 19 precautions they are making, wearing a mask the whole ride (however saw a couple that didn’t comply with this?), and you can tell they clean after each group, which really should be done anyhow. My only complaint is they really do not adhere to limited capacity, social distancing methods, or even try to limit the number of folks on the rides. I understand that revenue in a relatively short season, is hard to come by, and they need to try to get as many through as possible. However, two small things would make a huge difference 1. Keep it a one family per row standard. Even if only 2-3 people. 2. Give riders a CHOICE to be seated next to someone else or NOT. I’d also like to see an every other row seating, but realize that may be hard to maintain operations. When the entire country, restaurants, bars not even open in many cases, capacity limited to 50% at most entertainment venues, MAC Woods is sadly not doing this. We had an enjoyable ride, my family of 3 was thankfully not asked to seat share, which I would have refused, and as always it’s fun to listen to the drivers. But please consider stepping up your protocols for future riders safety and health.
Written July 22, 2020
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Explorerfam5
82 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We went on a Sunday afternoon.
The wait was not long and there was a decent amount of people there.
Seems they have it down to a science and things run smoothly. They even have a park area to use while waiting. Theres also a little history from years past to view while you wait which is pretty cool.
We had a range of ages with us from 5-15. All kids really enjoyed it. Not sure what I expected driving in sand but the ride was surprisingly smooth. Our little one was amazed. His giggles were worth the long drive there. All the kids (and both adults) really enjoyed it.
If I could wish one thing it would be for it to be longer because it was so much fun.
Love that it's a family buisness.
Was a perfect day trip for our family. Exactly what we were looking for.
Written August 2, 2022
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Kelly Owings
Simpsonville, SC16 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We were visiting from South Carolina and this was a real treat for us. The kids loved the excitement of going up and down the dunes. The views are beautiful and liked how the driver stopped at Lake Michigan for everyone to get out and take pictures.
Written July 21, 2021
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jgaikis
michigan14 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
What a great way to spend some family time. I would recommend it for everyone to try at least once (bet you’ll want to come back).
I forget what our drivers name was but she was the greatest interacting with everyone especially with the youngsters that were on the ride.
Written August 9, 2021
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Renee B
37 contributions
Jun 2020
This place was wonderful. The staff was well trained in keeping us sanitary and safe. They had excellent safety procedures in place, everyone wore masks and we had such an enjoyable experience. My son has autism and has sensory issues with wearing a mask so he yelled a lot during the experience but the driver couldn't have been nicer and more patient with him. He was so solicitous of my son and if he was having a good time or not. Being a parent of a child with autism can be a challenge especially when aren't happy with their situation. He was a very knowledgeable tour guide too and the dunes were beautiful. The people on our ride were really nice too and very helpful. All my kids had a fabulous time and I would recommend Mac Wood's to anyone who visits Silver Lake .
Written June 22, 2020
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Shorty
Novi, MI3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The whole family enjoyed! Becky was our driver and she was funny and engaged the children wonderfully. We had a big group including kids raging from age 3 to 16 and were able to fill our own vehicle with just our group. They took our party name down and each family on our group was able to pay separately which was nice! We will be back.
Written July 3, 2022
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Paris-Cemeteries
Grand Rapids, MI293 contributions
Sep 2021
Loads of fun! Informative and entertaining at the same time, it's a wonderful opportunity to see the incredible sand dunes along Lake Michigan without getting sand in your clothes. Walter, our driver was funny and a wonderful interpretative guide.

Big thumbs up!
Written September 14, 2021
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