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Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum

Sleeping Bear Dunes Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-9710
231 326 4726
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Spent about 2 hours here with the kids exploring the well-maintained exhibits and buildings... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Claire A
Beach trip

We went to the beach here with our family. Beautiful view of the Manitou islands and the shoreline... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Matthew L
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“coast guard” (10 reviews)
“life saving” (8 reviews)
“on display” (4 reviews)
Sleeping Bear Dunes Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636-9710
231 326 4726
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Reviewed yesterday

Spent about 2 hours here with the kids exploring the well-maintained exhibits and buildings, listening to the indefatigable volunteer exuberantly explaining the history of the area, and having a picnic under the pine trees. Thoroughly enjoyable part of our visit up north. Thank you National...More

Thank Claire A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the beach here with our family. Beautiful view of the Manitou islands and the shoreline. We hoped to do some hunting for Petoskey stones but surprisingly we only found one. The water was very clear but cold! We still swam and snorkeled...More

Thank Matthew L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nicely maintained place to take the kids or a nice place to just take a walk doe the beach! Ranger gave a very good history lecture about the rescue boats! I noticed that they had a special wheel chair available foe the...More

Thank maplerun62-Steel
Reviewed 12 June 2017

explored the old Coast Guard building and explored the grounds surrounding. Offers a beautiful, quieter beach

Thank BuenosNachos2
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I was surprised at how well kept this little station and the outbuildings have been kept, and a nice little history lesson for anyone who loves the Great Lakes!

Thank David W
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We arrived in mid October and the station was already closed for the winter. I think our travel book needs an update on closures as this happened to us several times in Michigan. We did walk around the buildings and peek in the windows.

Thank 5nn
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This was a nice quick spot to stop and get a feel for the history of the area. It is located right by the historical town and a great beach so it was easy to do it all at once. The crowds were light, even...More

Thank EarthBaby
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Interesting displays of boats and equipment and housing in use when teams watched for boats in danger in the passageway just off the point. The guides are knowledgeable and did an 20-30 minute example of the what and how of rescue work, open oar manned...More

Thank retireetraveller47
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This station is pre coast guard, it gave me a feel for how hard of work the men at that time worked. There is a boat house and a house where they lived and worked. There is also a nice sandy beach.. The volunteers where...More

Thank Renee L
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is a modest museum with volunteer docents. But worth the stop as it gives one a sense of how life saving on a rough lake could be before today...and it remains a dangerous duty even now. There are a couple of boats to see...More

Thank Chris L
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