Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center is in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, about 2 mi. w. off US 31 Pontaluna exit. Hands-on exhibits, displays and a multimedia presentation illustrate the history and ecology of sand dunes and plant and animal life. Nature trails lead from the center to observation decks.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
Park entry requires a Recreation Passport (valid for 1 year and allows entry into Michigan state parks) $11 (per private in-state vehicle); $5 (per in-state motorcycle); $31 (per private out-of-state vehicle). Nonresident single-day pass $9 (per private out-of-state vehicle).
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. Hours vary mid-Jan. through day before Memorial Day weekend and day after Labor Day to mid-Nov. Park open daily 8 a.m.-dusk, year-round. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.