Things to Do Around Town in Traverse City

Eat

The delicious, innovative menus of Traverse City restaurants have put us at the top of the list for foodie towns in America. From Asian fusion to downhome BBQ or eclectic European fare to delectable desserts—think award-winning Grand Traverse Pie Company or Moomers Ice Cream—your taste buds will thank you.

Drink

Go wine tasting along the Traverse Wine Coast, featuring northern Michigan wineries on Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula. If you’re more of a beer fan, there are dozens of Traverse City breweries to choose from in and around downtown.

Explore

Good Morning America called Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the most beautiful place in America…and they were right. With dozens of trails to choose from, you’ll find stunning lake views and charming small towns. Be sure to stop in Glen Abor to sample treats from Cherry Republic!

Relax

From a massage at Spa Grand Traverse to a leisurely stroll through downtown Traverse City, your vacation starts here. Visit one of our popular beaches for an afternoon of lakeside lounging or take it easy at a farmer’s market to peruse the latest local produce.

Outdoor Adventures

Northern Michigan is a four-season destination, with snow-capped ski hills in winter, blossoming trails in spring, sunny lakeshores in summer, and vibrant fall colors in autumn. We have miles of wooded trails that beckon hikers and bikers, and Grand Traverse Bay welcomes warm-weather visitors with boat rentals and fishing charters.

Indoor Imagination

Looking for something to do on a cloudy day? Catch a movie at the beautifully renovated State Theater or Bijou by the Bay, or head over to the Dennos Museum to see a world-class collection of Inuit art and rotating exhibits. Last but not least, visit the Village at Grand Traverse Commons for an afternoon of art and shopping or historic tour of the old State Hospital grounds.