- The list below includes 60 free or cheap things to do in or near Empire, Michigan, including 39 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Beaches, Art Gallery and History Museums.
- From Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Empire and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Traverse City, Frankfort, Glen Arbor and Leland.
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The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire offers hiking and biking paths, paddle boating and kayaking, and climbing on the dunes. Multiple trails are featured and there is also a driving trail with scenic stops.
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The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Empire features views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It has many stopping points where you can park the car and admire the views, with an option to ride bikes along the trail.
Lake Michigan Beach Park, located in the city of Empire, is a public beach and park with a pavillion and the working Manning Lighthouse. It also includes the shore of Empire Bluffs and the Empire Bluff Hiking Trail.
Old Indian Trail is a hiking trail that traverses woods, passes through dunes, and ends at a secluded beach. The trail is a loop, so hikers do not have to retrace their steps to return to the beginning.
Located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Platte Plains Trail is composed of several loops that create a total trail of just under 15 miles. Three viewing sites reveal Lake Michigan, and there are a few intermediate skill level ski trail sections.
A horse drawn carriage service company, Black Horse Farms offers a variety of services. In addition to hay rides, sleigh rides, and carriage rides, the company offers wedding carriages for a memorable wedding party event.