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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

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  • Visited: July 2013
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
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This is a glorious summer destination - beauty, history and beaches.

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For beach trips with kids your best bet is the public beach in the tiny village of Empire. It has a playground, pavilions, tables, grills, good parking with extra nearby and it's a short walk to stores, restaurants, etc. The beach itself fronts both Lake Michigan AND a small lake called S. Bar Lake which is great for younger kids when the Big Lake is too cold or rough.

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