8 Super Ideas for Summer Fun in Silver Lake

Mac Woods Dune Rides

Whether you’ve been planning your trip to Silver Lake for months or have just decided to stop by on a whim, we’ve got the perfect summer-fun ideas for your visit!

Summer Amusement at the Dunes…

How could we not put the Silver Lake Sand Dunes first on the list? This extraordinary landmark remains the main attraction in our neck of the woods. Here are some ways we recommend enjoying these huge sand hills of amusement:

1. ORV

The Dunes are divided into three distinct areas — the first of which is just for ORVs (off-road vehicles). You can bring your own or rent one when you get here. Learn more about personal ORV requirements or rent a vehicle when you get here at:

2. Walk in the pedestrian area

No vehicles are permitted in the pedestrian area of the Dunes, so it’s the perfect place to meander along the sand hill peaks and take in the breathtaking views. Go at your own pace. Kids love this area, and it’s perfectly safe from the ORV and tour buggy zones.

3. Take a Dunes tour

Don’t feel like walking? Not to worry. There’s a designated third area of the Dunes that’s only for Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. These rides take you and your group on a thrilling 7-mile tour of the Dunes, bringing you all the way to the beaches of Lake Michigan and back again in an exciting 40-minute trip.

At the Beach for Swimming & Watersports…

Travel along the entirety of the 1,640-mile shoreline of Lake Michigan, and you’ll notice one thing right away: The Silver Lake stretch of coastline has the best beaches. Take your choice as you schedule a day of fun in the sand and surf, along the big lake or beautiful inland Silver Lake:

4. Swim

Want to go swimming, lay on the beach, and build sand castles? We recommend these local beaches:

5. Enjoy a day of watersports

Rent a wide range of fun water sports equipment (plus accompanying instruction) at Wave Club Water Sports, located right on Silver Lake. Rentals are available for ski boats, pontoons, wave runners, sail boats, kayaks, canoes, and more!

Amusement & Entertainment for the Whole Family …

6. Shop ‘till you drop

Throughout Downtown Hart and Silver Lake (and everywhere in between!), our area boasts a number of fantastic locations to browse and buy this summer. Check our Shopping page for complete shop & store listings.

7. Plan a day of amusement

Craig’s Cruisers has been a staple destination in Silver Lake for decades. Head here with the whole family for a full day of mini golf, kiddie karts, arcade games, bumper boats, paddle boats, go-karts, and much more!

8. Take part in agritourism

Our inland area of the coast covers acres upon acres of beautiful countryside, orchards, and forest, making it ideal for families who want to get away from the city and enjoy a bit of the farm life. Our agritourism visitors especially enjoy:

  • Country Dairy, a working dairy farm with tours, a play area for kids, fresh-from-the-dairy ice cream, a full-service café and store, and much more.
  • Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo, a 700-acre farm with local produce and treats, plus a petting zoo, gift shop, and an ever-changing list of awesome games and activities for kids.

Psst! Looking for places to eat while you’re out and about? We can recommend the best eateries and ice cream shops in the Silver Lake area.

And if you’re looking for even more local entertainment and attractions, rest assured it’s all here on our list of things to do. We hope to see you soon!