Park Fun

You will find something fun for kids in every season of the year.& In the summer, The Dune Climb is one of the main attractions to climb up the impressive sand dunes and run or roll down the;dune and then start all over again! You won't find a bigger sand box to play in, so bring your friends!

Climbing the dunes at The Dune Climb

Terry Phipps 2005


With about 35 miles of beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan on the mainland and another 30 miles of beaches on the islands, you will easily find the spot for you to walk along the lakeshore, swimming in the Lake Michigan waves, or building sand castles along the beach. Or just lay out on the beach and soak up some of the sunshine!

Glen Haven Beach
Glen Haven Beach on a summer day

Kerry Kelly


Tubing or canoeing down a lazy river is a great way to spend a hot summer day. There are two rivers within the Lakeshore where you can rent tubes or boats. Both rivers drain into Lake Michigan. The Platte River is in the southern part of the park, and river access is along M-22 where it crosses the river. The Crystal River is in the northern part of the park, and rentals are available along M-22 in Glen Arbor.

Tubing on the Platte River
Getting ready to tube down the Platte River

Kerry Kelly 2005


In the winter, The Dune Climb turns into a big sledding hill, so bring your sled or toboggan and zip down the dunes or go cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore the winter beauty of the Lakeshore on over 50 miles of ski trails.

Sledding at The Dune Climb
The Dune Climb makes a great Sledding Hill.

Kerry Kelly 2006

Boy on a saucer on the Dune Climb
The fastest way down the dunes is via sled, toboggan, or saucer!

Kerry Kelly 2006

Kids Animation Project
The Art Place Animation Video

The Art Place 2007

Watch a short animation video about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore made by students at The Art Place in Suttons Bay. It's great fun! If you like what you see, check out The Art Place. Maybe you can learn how to make this kind of film.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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