What’s better than climbing up a golden sand dune? Running back down, of course! Serious hikers can choose to make the 3+ hour trek to Lake Michigan. Just be sure to bring water and sandals … that sand gets hot! A leisurely float or paddle down the lovely Crystal River in Glen Arbor is the epitome of summertime relaxation. Let your fingers skim the cool, clear water between lily pads, watch for Great Blue Herons and river otters, and feel your cares float away. Travel 9 miles north of Northport to experience this mid-19th century lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan. Tour the restored keeper’s dwelling and climb the steps to the tower to enjoy stunning views of Cathead Bay and the Manitou Passage. A low, narrow dune separates Lake Michigan from shallow, sandy-bottomed North Bar Lake — a favorite spot along the National Lakeshore. Splash with the kiddos in the warm water, or take the short walk to the Big Lake for a refreshing swim. You don’t find an Olympic Cherry Pit Spit Arena just anywhere, so be sure to get in on the fun at Cherry Republic’s Glen Arbor campus this summer. Challenge family and friends to see who can break Momma Mary’s record!