Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) by offering free admission on Friday, August 25. Fees waived include entrance fees and commercial tour fees. Other fees such as reservations, camping, and concession fees are not included.

“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party,” said Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Scott Tucker. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. So plan to visit your park, enjoy a ranger-led activity, tour the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, climb the dune at the Dune Climb, go for a bicycle ride along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, or simply enjoy a day at the beach.”

Enjoy this MyNorth video with birds-eye views of sandy dunes, the Manitou Islands, Northern Michigan lakes, vistas, and shipwrecks. There’s enough National Parks eye candy for everyone.

With the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the United States was the first country to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. When President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, there were 37 national parks.

Today, the NPS cares for 417 national parks throughout the country—each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1970 to preserve outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena in their natural setting and protect them from developments and uses that would destroy the scenic beauty and natural character of the area. The lakeshore is for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreation, and enjoyment of the public.

As you find your way through the National Lakeshore, you are encouraged to share your adventures at and on social media using hashtags #FindYourPark and #sleepingbearnps.

Here are a few of our favorite photos taken at Sleeping Bear Dunes over the years.

Photo by Lydia Mejia

Remaining photos by Taylor Brown

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Photo(s) by Lydia Mejia