10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
There's a park party and you are invited. The National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary activities start with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dune Climb. Join park rangers and volunteers from the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and Historic Sleeping Bear for a “Hibernation Celebration” full of fun winter activities.
Build a snow sculpture, sled down the dunes (remember to BYOS - Bring Your Own Sled), try snowball target practice, borrow snowshoes to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, sip hot chocolate by a fire, and MORE. There will be a warming station with craft activities in the Dune Center. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Stop by anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to join in the celebration. The event is free with a park pass.
Purchase a Commemorative Park Pass
Purchase a commemorative 50th anniversary park pass for only $45.00. Starting on Friday, December 20, stop by the park’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire to get your very own 50 h anniversary pass. They also make great gifts. Every year, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sells over 11,000 annual park entrance passes. With a regular seven-day entrance pass ringing up for $25.00, the annual pass pays for itself in only
two visits! Passes are valid for 12 months and provide free entry for the holder and occupants in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. If entry is by foot, bicycle, or organized group not part of a commercial tour, the pass admits the pass holder and three adults (16 years of age or older). Children under 16 have free admission to the National Lakeshore.