As winter fades away, we find our sweet reward for surviving another frigid season: the opening of Silver Lake Sand Dunes. While you may recognize four seasons, around here we only know two: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Season and its offseason.
On April 1st, the only true fools are the ones not at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes celebrating 2,000 acres of ever-changing sand dunes that stretch nearly three miles long and one and a half miles wide. Every year on April 1st, sand-riding enthusiasts descend upon the dunes, nestled in between Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, to celebrate their playground re-opening. And if you can’t make it April 1st? Don’t fret: the dunes remain accessible through October 31st. Halloween is a fitting closure as there’s nothing scarier than not being able to ride the dunes.
But let’s not linger on the closing date – we’re here to revel in its opening. As the season kicks off, there’s much excitement ahead. The northern area of the dunes is reserved for off-road vehicles for sand-driving fun. Don’t have your own and don’t want to miss out on the fun? Good news: there are a handful of locations in the area from which you can rent a vehicle. The center of the dunes essentially functions as one giant sandbox, where visitors can explore and have fun by foot – beaches are also accessible in this area. Finally, the southern end of the dunes is home to Mac Woods Dune Rides, which offers visitors a seven-mile tour of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Mac Woods is a Michigan summertime staple and opens May 11th.
The fun isn’t solely found on the dunes and the water, however. The area boasts attractions like an escape room, petting zoo, Craig’s Cruisers, golf courses, horseback riding, and much more.
The area also features a full lineup of events and festivals that celebrate everything from the arts to asparagus. View the lineup here.
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes present a unique Michigan excursion. You can connect with nature and really use its beauty for fun. Whether it’s a day-trip adventure for a ride or an extended stay chockfull of riding, golf, swimming and other amusements, you want to ensure a visit is locked into your calendar before Halloween gets here. Start planning here.
Gather your family, gather your friends, because the dunes are calling.