Vacation Cottage in Silver Lake/Flora Dale

Our Top 10 Destination Recommendations

Here are our favorite things to see and do when we are at the Chunk Monkey.
Some are well known, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Recommendation

Parrots Landing and Jeep Tours

8110 W Hazel Rd, Mears, MI 49436-9609
 
Parrots Landing

A guided tour of the sand dunes with you behind the wheel! Climb the Dunes,  cruise along Lake Michigan in a well equipped Jeep.

2. Recommendation

The Wave Club Water Sports Rentals

1220 N. Shore Drive
Mears, MI 49436

Tired of sand in your pants? Stop in at the Wave Club and rent virtually anything that floats on the water: Ski Boats, Pontoon Boats, Wave Runners and more. They even have a surf board that surfs in the sand.

3. Recommendation

Craigs Cruisers Family Fun Center

Craigs Cruisers
8343 W Hazel Rd, Lake, MI 49436-8698
1.7 miles from Silver Lake Sand Dunes

A virtual amusement park within 5 minutes of the Chunky Monkey. Bumper Boats, 2 go kart tracks, game arcade and miniature golf course on steroids!  Oh yea don’t forget the ZIP LINE….When you finish your evening at at Craigs walk next door and cool off with some cool ice cream.

4. Recommendation

The Hart Montague Bike Trail

Hart-Montague Bike Trail is a paved, 22-trail passing through rural, forested lands. Scenic overlooks and picnic areas are located along the route.  It a great way to spend a quiet day after your busy week at the Dunes.

 

5. Recommendation

Michigan Adventures

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Just 35 minutes away from the Chunky Monkey is Michigan’s largest amusement park Michigan Adventures. Complete with full size roller coasters and radical water slides you are guaranteed to have a blast.

6. Recommendation

The Silver Lake Chicken shack AKA THE FRICKIN CHICKEN

8239 W Hazel RdMears, MI 49436-9694

The wings are great the dipping sauces are even better. We know visitors that make it a point to eat there every day of  their holiday. There menu is simple addictive. Nice setting too. Pull up a table and watch the Bumper Boats go at it while you dine.

7. Recommendation

Silver Lake State Park

Dune View

Although The Silver Lake State Park is widely known for  motorsports activities their is much more to the park than just paddle tires throwing sand. The park encompasses almost 3000 acres with 2000 of it dune area. Much of dune area is off limits to motor vehicles and is reserved for foot traffic. The park also has camping available as well beaches along Lake Michigan and Silver Lake. If your plans include taking your vehicle out on the dunes please visit the DNR website and become familiar with the rules and requirements to ride safely on the Dunes. The State also enforces a first come first served voucher system to control overcrowding of the motorsports area during the holidays and weekends. Follow this link to review important information regarding the voucher program.

Parking lot vouchers start this weekend. Please review the linked changes to the system. - Vouchers will be...

Posted by Silver Lake State Park on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

8. Recommendation

The Cottage Garden Cafe 

40 3rd St, Pentwater, MI 49449

The Cottage Garden

Tired of fast food? Take a short scenic ride to the village of Pentwater to the quaint Cottage Garden Cafe. Don’t let the simple exterior fool you…go on in and enjoy a your well deserved elegant breakfast. You will not be disappointed.

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