Operating Hours & Seasons


Special Programs: A free slide presentation, Dreams of the Sleeping Bear, offers a beautiful mix of photography, music and narration, while providing an initial orientation to the park.

Exhibits: Museum exhibits explore the geologic, natural history, and human stories of the park. A large relief map provides general park information.

Facilities: Eastern National Bookstore/sales area. Public restrooms, water fountain, assistive listening device at the information desk, closed captioning for the orientation slide show.

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    Dune Climb Hours: Open all year, 24 hours a day.

    Location: From Empire, take M-22 north for 2 miles to M-109. then left on M-109 for 4 miles.
    Facilities: Great family fun location to climb the dunes. Public restrooms, water fountain, and vending machine snacks and drinks are available seasonally. The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail begins at the north end of the parking lot.

    Dune Center Bookstore
    Hours: Currently closed.
    July 1 to Labor Day, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Open Daily.
    Phone: 231-334-2010
    Location: At the base of the Dune Climb off of M-109.
    Available Facilities: Accessible Eastern National sales area featuring T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, postcards, books, videos, etc. Vending and restrooms located adjacent to building. Contact an Eastern National sales employee.

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      Scenic Drive Hours: Open for Season
      Location: From Empire, take M-22 north for 2 miles to M-109, then left on M-109 for 2 miles.
      Facilities: 12 numbered interpretive stops along the 7.4 mile scenic loop road. Spectacular overlooks of Lake Michigan, Glen Lake, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Public restrooms are available at the entrance parking area, Picnic Mountain, Lake Michigan Overlook, and North Bar Overlook. Picnic areas are available at Picnic Mountain and North Bar Overlook.

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        General Store Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
        July 1 to Labor Day, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Open Daily.
        Phone: 231-334-3710
        Location: Historic village of Glen Haven, M-209 between the Dune Climb and Glen Arbor.
        Exhibits: Operated by Eastern National, this historic general store appears as it did in the 1920's and offers typical general store merchandise and items related to the history of the Glen Haven area including; kitchenware, foods, toys, maritime items and books. The D. H. Day exhibit in the general store describes the life and business venrures of this northern Michigan pioneer.
        Available Facilities: Public Restrooms are available next to the store. A wireless FM assistive listening device is available. Inquire at the store counter.

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          Boat Museum Hours: Currently closed.
          ocation: At the end of M-209 in the historic village of Glen Haven.
          Exhibits: A collection of historic Great Lakes vessels, including boats, motors, and equipment.

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            Blacksmith Shop Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
            Location: In the historic village of Glen Haven off M-109.
            Activities: Fully restored 1920's Blacksmith Shop provides blacksmith demonstrations for all ages. Come and see how bars of iron are heated and transformed into useful items.
            Facilities: Public restrooms are available next to the Glen Haven General Store.

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              Maritime Museum Hours: Currently closed.
              Location: At the end of Sleeping Bear Point, off of M-109/M-209 about 1/4 mile from Glen Haven.
              Exhibits: Exhibits highlight the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Great Lakes shipping history. A room on the second floor is outfitted as a steamer wheelhouse with a panorama of the Manitou Passage shipping channel, and another room shows the surfmen's quarters.
              Available Facilities: A sand-accessible wheelchair is available to access the beach by contacting the staff at the boathouse. Accessible public restrooms are also available.

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                Boathouse Hours: Vary depending on volunteer availability.
                Location: At the end of Sleeping Bear Point, off of M-109/M-209 about 1/4 mile from Glen Haven.



                Last updated: June 3, 2021

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                Empire, MI 49630


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