If you need a break from lolling around at the beach, check out these options:
Put your sand sculpting skills to the test in contests July 23 at Petoskey State Park and August 12 at Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater, both on Lake Michigan.
Ride one of the 48 hand-carved animals on the beautiful carousel, splash in the Compass Fountain, and have hands-on fun at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone at Silver Beach Center adjacent to Silver Beach on Lake Michigan in St. Joseph.
Bring your mat for Yoga On The Beach at various times and days through the summer at several Leelanau Peninsula locations along Lake Michigan, from Empire to Suttons Bay and Northport.
Climb the 260-foot mountain of sand at Warren Dunes State Park in southwest Michigan’s Harbor Country, where you’ll find 15 miles of Lake Michigan beaches.
Sandboard (think snowboard for summertime) at Warren Dunes State Park and Silver Lake State Park in Mears. Rent a sandboard at The Sand Box in Silver Lake.
Drive your off-road vehicle on the beach and dunes at Silver Lake, or sit back, enjoy the thrills, and leave the sand navigation to Mac Woods Dune Rides.
Take in the view from the top of one of many lighthouses-turned-museums, or photograph some of the 115 navigational lights along Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline.
Find a shipwreck on the Lake Huron beach at Forty Mile Point Lighthouse north of Rogers City. Wooden planks are imbedded in the sand in an outline of the Joseph S. Fay, which was lost in a storm in October 1905.