Our History

Mac Wood was a very interesting character. He was always thinking of new ways to do things. When he was the operator of Flora-Dale Resort, he would have to come up with interesting ways to entertain the guests, and the Dune Scooter Ride was one of these ventures.

These rides started in 1930. It was entertainment for Mac and the family at first. However, neighbors and persons passing by were so interested in his discovery that they talked Mac into making dune scootering a business.

Building a business on the unlikely foundation of shifting sands, then stocking it with what first appeared to be some motely remains from an auto graveyard, may seem like a pretty risky venture. But just such unlikely ingredients are the basis for a very successful business and one of Michigan's leading tourist attractions.

The first Dune Scooter was designed from a Model A Ford and carried 4 passengers. The huge sum of twenty five cents was charged for this exciting ride. Today we use a 4 wheel drive modified vehicle with 4 aircraft tires to carry about 20 persons per ride.Thousands of people ride each season!

We now have a museum setup with a 1934 Ford Scooter and a 1960 Studebaker Scooter and old pictures and signs.