While there are many different things to do in Traverse City, Michigan, not all of them will be right for you and the people you are travelling with. This area is well-known for the bay and being a hot spot for wineries. For the history lovers, there is even a historical district where you can tour places of historical significance and beauty. While many destinations aren’t geared towards children, there are places where kids would have a lot of fun. Check out this list of ten places you may want to visit while you are in the area.
10. Grand Traverse Distillery
If you are interested in trying new things, stop by Grand Traverse Distillery and take a tour. On the tour, you will be shown how the company makes a variety of different spirits, including vodka and whiskey. After the tour, you could even have a spirits tasting. These spirits are all made in small batches, so you won’t be able to find these everywhere. Hours depend on what you wish to do while at the facility. Check the website for specific hours and call to make a reservation. Going to the distillery is one of the best experiences in Traverse City for groups of adult friends.
9. Chateau Chantal Winery
Chateau Chantal is both a winery and a bed and breakfast. If you are interested in a truly unique visit, be sure to stay at the Bed and Breakfast where you will be treated like royalty. For those of you who would rather just tour the vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting, hours are listed on the company website, as hours change depending on the season. The winery also offers educational dinners where you are free to enjoy wine and dinner in the beautiful winery. This is a great stop for wine lovers and their friends.
8. Front Street
In Downtown Traverse City, explore Front Street. This area is home to a number of art galleries, shops, churches, restaurants and hotels. This charming area is a well-known spot to explore, and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Traverse City. As the main entertainment area, there is always something going on here. Check out the event calendar before you plan your trip to see what is going on while you are in the area. You may even wander down to the marina and enjoy one of Michigan’s cool urban beaches. Plus, this is a great, free place to explore.
7. Reel Fun Fishing Charters
As the longest running fishing charter in the city, you may be rest assured that Reel Fun will take great care of you while you are out fishing and having fun. Keep in mind that the prices for this experience add up quickly. You will need to either have or purchase a fishing license, which you can do with the company. You will also need to make a reservation and put down a $100 deposit for the reservation. Each trip comes with fishing supplies and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain. You will need to call Reel Fun for pricing details.
6. Traverse City State Park
At Traverse City State Park, you can enjoy great views of the bay and explore a unique area. There are a number of trails and picnic areas that are available for use. If the weather is nice, you should bring your swimming gear and spend a day swimming in the bay. You can camp here, but be sure to check the park’s website for exact locations. If you have your pet with you, no worries, as there is a pet walk area, as well. There is even a playground that young kids will enjoy.
5. Nauti-Cat Cruises
With Nauti-Cat, you will enjoy the bay on a sailboat and enjoy quality time with your family. There are a number of different cruise options, including a Sunset Champagne Cruise to really make a romantic weekend special. If you are looking for a fun trip with the kiddos, check out the kids cruise. The company even offers a happy hour cruise. All group cruises are very affordable, but you can also get a private charter, which will cost a bit more. Check out the company’s website for a full list of pricing and sailing options.
4. Traverse Bay Parasail
For the more adventurous travelers, check out Traverse Bay Parasail. You can rent jet skis, pontoons and deck boats, or get some exercise with a paddleboard or kayak. This company offers a number of different packages that will make each group’s visit truly one-of-a-kind. Prices vary greatly depending on the size of your group and what you want to do, so make sure you visit the company’s website to see a full list of pricing. Make your reservations today, or you may just stop by while you are in the city.
3. The River Eco Tours
For an active tour of the bay, you may rent a paddleboard, kayak, canoe, bike or tubes and rafts with The River. You can take a kayak brewery tour and take either a single or tandem kayak out for a unique tour of the bay area. You should call to make a reservation if you are on a tight schedule. If not, the company does accept walk-in tours and rentals if available. Rental prices are dependent on the equipment rental and the time it is kept. Check the website for complete pricing details.
2. Traverse Bay Tours
With this company, you have access to a number of different tour options that are designed to keep your party entertained and happy. Your party can take a number of different brewery and winery tours. If none of their pre-designed tours seem right for you, they will even tailor a special tour just for your group. This company will take you from winery to winery (or brewery to brewery) to let you truly relax while you try a number of different beverages. Keep in mind that you are pre-paying for the tour, not the drinks, so you should expect to spend money at each location on the tour.
1. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
This is a large, historical area in the city. If you wish to take a tour, there are a few different tour options that will take you to a number of different historical sites in the area. If you would prefer a more relaxed trip, you should just enjoy the retail area where you may wander shops and eat at the restaurants in the Village. There are always things happening at the Village, so check the event guide to see what different things you have to catch while you are there.
There are so many places to visit in Traverse City that you will have a hard time deciding where to go while you are staying there. Keep in mind that while many places are inexpensive, some may make a large dent in your budget. Many of the top destinations in the area are centered around the bay, so this may not be the place for you if you don’t love spending time on the water. The city does offer a lot, however, including historical sites and wineries and breweries for those who don’t want to spend their time on the bay.