Traverse City, MI

Traverse City Summer Things to Do!

By Dylan

Located in the Lower Peninsula's Northwest (or the tip of the "pinky" for Michiganders) Traverse City is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the Mitten.

Water Activities

The summer season is ripe with awesome stuff to do for the Traverse City visitor. Like all of Michigan's coastal destinations, there’s no shortage of water to enjoy! From the beaches of the Grand Traverse Bay to personal watercraft rental, touring the tall ships to kayaking the Boardman River, Traverse City is a freshwater paradise.

It’s not all bays and fishing, though – there is still plenty of fun to be had on land. With a variety of state parks and wooded areas including Hickory Hills, nature loves can enjoying hiking or biking through the area’s scenic trails or take a trip up the Old Mission Peninsula.

In town, visitors can check out Traverse City's diverse collection of restaurants and shopping destinations, or get a little culture at one of the numerous art galleries in and around the city. Speaking of culture, Traverse City is also just a few short miles from the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for The Arts, which boasts as many as 500 performances over their summer concert series.

2012 Traverse City Festivals

Every summer, the Grand Traverse area is home to several festivals and annual events, including the Microbrew and Music Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival 2012, Horse Shows by the Bay 2012 Equestrian Festival, and of course, the ever-popular National Cherry Festival 2012. The family-friendly Cherry Festival is a week-long event – July 7-14th in 2012 – consisting of contests, children's events, a midway carnival, an air show, and much more, all in celebration of the area’s contribution to the cherry industry.

Traverse City is historically rich, with diverse entertainment for any traveler. You can soak up the beaches or gaze at blossoming cherry trees, try your hand at water skiing or catch an afternoon concert. You'll have a great time in Traverse, one of Michigan's finest destinations.

Family Friendly 

Please introduce your kids to Traverse City.  They will love playing on the many public beaches, seeing the fruit farms, spitting cherry pits and boating.  For the cost of a family trip anywhere else in the country for a weekend, you could bring your family to northern Michigan for an entire week. Cheap travel ideas are hard to come by but a trip to TC will be a perfect opportunity to spend quality time together and it's as much fun for adults as it is for the little ones. 

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What Do You Think about Traverse City, MI?

Adventure Rating: B

Traverse City has something for everyone. Beaches, wineries, kayaking, sailing, inland lakes, shopping and dining.  Tons of waterfront hotels and condos are available year round.

Locals Tip

Traverse City gives you access to anything but there are a few gems.  1) Morsels for coffee and treats  2) Boardman River  3) Hickory Hills  4) Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula

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"I love walking along the river right down town but also on Lake Michigan" Meghann "Get off the beaten path and start driving away from town in any direction for 30 minutes.  You'll find some incredible places, lakes and trails" Dylan

Geocache Winner

We want to see photos!  The first person to post a photo or video to our Facebook wall from the 2012 Winter Traverse City Microbrewery and Music Festival wins a free CD from a band playing the event.