Dial and Discover

A new, free service at the Sleeping Bear Dunes allows mobile phone users to hear some of the great stories and unique history behind the Lakeshore’s most popular scenic areas.

There are currently three “cell phone audio tours” available. Here’s the scoop on where you can find them, along with a rundown on how to listen.

Story Tour


Find a sign like this, dial up and listen.

You might notice some new, numbered road signs along the most popular drives and historic sites in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this summer.

Three cell phone tours are now live in Lakeshore. The tours allow mobile phone users to dial up and listen to interesting facts and stories about the following scenic sites and historic structures.   

The Glen Haven tour takes visitors on an interpretive drive through this history lumber town and passenger steamer stop established in 1857.

When it opens for the 2015 summer season, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a seven-mile, winding drive through the heart of Sleeping Bear’s maple, pine and birch tree forests. With spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan, the drive definitely reinforces why Congress saw fit to designate this area as a National Lakeshore within our great National Park system.

Port Oneida Rural Historic District offers a rare look back at farming country and structures typical in the Midwest over 100 years ago. What makes the area so unique is large collection of older farms that are free from modern development. The district is historically significant because it conveys the land-use practices, architecture and evolution of agricultural technology common to subsistence farms of the upper Great Lakes region.

Cell phone tours provide visitors with another option to learn more about the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The cell phone program is free, except for airtime on your cell phone. Coverage may vary depending on individual carrier.