Why no one’s done it before we don’t know, but thankfully, the folks who run the shoreline cruises along Pictured Rocks are bringing a boat south to Sleeping Bear. The cruise boat—enclosed heated cabin, cushioned seats, and state-of-the-art smooth-ride stabilizers on and below board—offers a daily 2½ - to 3-hour cruise and evening sunset cruise out of Frankfort and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. $33 adults, $10 kids 6-12, free for kids age 5 and under, sleepingbeardunescruise.com.
Float Grand Traverse Bay on tall ships
See the Mackinac Straits by land and sea
Stay two consecutive nights in Benzie County, just down the coast, and take advantage of Benzie’s Passport to Fun package, which offers $175+ in free food and services, plus a free Sleeping Bear Boat Cruise ticket.