Michigan beaches offer numerous pet-friendly spots, as well as stunning views of lighthouses, Lake Michigan, and sunny horizons. Cuddle up with your dog on a sandy beach in Harbor Springs, or toss around the Frisbee in Boyne City. As for accommodations, there are plenty of beachfront Michigan vacation rentals to choose from. That said, take a look at the top dog-friendly beaches in Michigan.

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1. Lake Michigan Beach, Glen Arbor

Take Fido to a dog-friendly beach nestled near the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor. While vacationing in this stunning location, let your dog walk, run, or jog on the east end of the beach where pets are welcome as long as they are leashed. This portion of the beach features a special swimming hole just for pets and their owners open during the summer months when the temperatures are just right for making a splash. When vacationing in Glen Arbor during the colder months, your dog is welcome to walk on the sand and accompany you to the nearby Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Once your pup is wiped out from playtime, take the family sightseeing at the South Manitou Island Lighthouse.

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2. Rosemary Beach, Stevensville

Let your dog play his heart out on Rosemary Beach, and enjoy the attractions of Grand Mere State Park when you book a vacation rental in Stevensville. Rosemary Beach allows pets on leashes all year round when accessing this one-mile beach that butts up against Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Once your dog has expelled all of his energy, let him take a nap in your cozy rental while you and the family head to nearby St. Joseph to ride the Silver Beach Carousel or hike Silver Beach County Park. Stevensville also offers entertainment for adults who want to kick back in the evenings and have a brew at the Watermark Brewing Company or The Welcome Inn Bar.

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3. Tannery Beach, Boyne City

If you have a dog who does not like to be restricted by a leash while frolicking in the water, then Tannery Beach is the ideal place for fun in the sand. This popular beach allows pets to run off-leash, offering plenty of space for running and jogging. The beach provides pick-up bags for pet owners and fresh water, as well as a stunning view of Lake Charlevoix. Before trekking back to your pet-friendly vacation rental, see the sights of Boyne City that range from zip lining with Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tours to entertaining concerts at the Lavender Hill Farm. Opt for a fishing excursion on the lake, or rent jet skis or kayaks from Boyne Watersports for a self-guided tour of the waters. Even more adventure awaits you when signing up for a horseback ride with Boyne Valley Equine Tours and Services. Before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental with your pooch, grab some fresh fruit and veggies at the Boyne City Farmer’s Market.

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4. Zoll Street Beach, Harbor Springs

Located just on the western edge of Wequetonsing, Zoll Street Beach in Harbor Springs is highly recommended by the locals as one of the most pet-friendly beaches in the state. Let your pup roam freely off leash and rest and relax in the grassy areas near the sandy beach. This particular beach features picnic tables so you and the family can pack a lunch and some dog treats for the day. Spend the rest of your vacation in Harbor Springs taking part in outdoor activities, such as a tour of Pond Hill Farm. If you’ve booked a vacation rental in Harbor Springs during the colder months, try your hand at snowboarding at Nub’s Nob. The Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery is a great place to sit back and relax with your pup right next to you on the outdoor patio.

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5. Grand Haven City Beach, Grand Haven

A vacation rental in Grand Haven gives you and the family a chance to hike through Grand Haven State Park with your dog right by your side. When man’s best friend wants to make a splash, you’re in close proximity to Grand Haven City Beach, which allows dogs to frolic in the sand and waters south of the swim buoys from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Your dog can enjoy the entire beach during the off season which spans from Labor Day to Memorial Day. This city beach does require owners keep dogs on a six-foot leash year round. After some fun in the sun with your pooch, take the family to see the Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light on the south pier right where the Grand River enters Lake Michigan. Let the kids spend an afternoon exploring the 1,000 square feet of the Imagination Station children’s playground, and then admire the artifacts and exhibits of the early pioneers at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

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