Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area
Things To Do

The vacation of a lifetime starts at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes! Nothing compares to a thrilling ride over the dunes on a jeep or quad. The view from the summit is breathtaking, and you'll love the exhilaration of gliding down the dunes past Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. Once you've conquered the dunes, it's time to get wet! Take to the water in a jet ski, wave runner or ski boat and explore Silver Lake the wild way! Families like to rent paddleboats, pontoons, canoes, and kayaks for for a quieter ride. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of Silver Lake's restaurants or diners, then play a game of miniature golf or hit the go-kart tracks. Visit the Little Sable Point Lighthouse at Silver Lake State Park, rent a bike and hit the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, play golf, or take a horseback ride. The fun and excitement never stops at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes!

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!


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Bamboozled Escape Room
3243 West Lever Rd., Hart, MI 49420, (231) 742-1288
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Charles Mears State Park
(231) 869-2051
Charles Mears State Park offers 175 paved campsite lots and a nice sandy beach along Lake Michigan, adjacent to the North Pierhead Light. There is a one mile interpretive trail for hiking, and a sand dune called Old Baldy that provides a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Visitors can enjoy a playground, picnic shelter, great fishing, and even a metal detecting area. The park also has an accessible walkway by the concession stand, making it easier for people in wheelchairs or those with strollers and coolers on wheels.
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Pentwater River Outfitters
Country Dairy
3476 S. 80th Ave., New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-4636
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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center
8343 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-2511
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Ludington - Lake Michigan Carferry Cruise S.S. Badger
Fast Trax
8424 Hazel Rd., Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-7617
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Fox Barn Market & Winery
500 S. 18th Ave., Shelby, MI 49455, (231) 861-8050
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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
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Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery
401 E. Fruitvale Rd., Montague , MI 49437, (231) 894-4209
Hart Historic District
100 Union St. , Hart, MI 49420, (231) 873-7604
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Big Ship, More Fun! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent sunsets...discover Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
Lakeshore Family Guide
What's a family to do in West Michigan? We've got the answer at Lakeshore Family Guide, a local website which highlights fun, wholesome, and inexpensive activities for children and families. Includes details about kids programs at the library, mini golf courses, petting zoos, the best beaches, and so much more!
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
4180 W. M20, New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-5730
Enjoy a 700 acre farm in New Era, Michigan. Family owned and operated, with home grown produce, fruit orchards, market with gifts and goodies, and a bakery. Enjoy lots of activities for family fun from May through October each year including a petting farm with a wide variety of animals and birds!
Little Sable Point Light House
287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears, MI 49436
Ludington Area Disc Golf
The Ludington area has seven different courses to choose from. Mason County Park is the site for three 24-hole courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath. Just off Jebavy Drive is Leviathan, The Edge is in Scottville's Riverside Park, Labyrinth is located at West Shore Community College and Flip City is in Shelby.
Mac Wood's
629 N. 18th Ave., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-2817
Parrot's Landing
8110 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-8400
Enjoy Silver Lake and the sand dunes at Parrot's Landing. Our recreational rentals provide thrills on sand or water. Rent or take a guided tour in a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Ski boats with tow tubes and jet skis are also available for rent by the half day or full day.
Pentwater Outfitters
22 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-2999
Cruise the village of Pentwater with a bicycle rental, or take out a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, and explore the waterways surrounding the village of Pentwater. Half, whole day and weekly rentals as well as lessons, livery and delivery services are available. A great paddle experience for all levels of experience!
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Rainbow Ranch Inc.
4345 S. 44th Ave., New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-4445
Razor J's Adventure Tours
1214 N Emerald St. , Mears, MI 49436, (231) 852-4087
Sandy Korners Adventure Tours
1762 N. 24th Ave., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-5048
Silver Lake Buggy Rentals
8288 Hazel Rd., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-8833
Wave Club Watersports Rentals
1220 N. Shore Dr., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-3700
West Michigan Golf Courses
The beauty of our blue lakes can only be matched by the rolling green landscape of our numerous golf courses. All along the Lake Michigan shoreline you'll find golf courses that challenge you, relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views. This website features details about golf courses from Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties. Fore!
Wild Bills Quad Rentals
8110 Hazel Rd., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-8400




For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.