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Grand Traverse Heritage Centre - 322 Sixth Street. The Heritage Centre is located in the 1903 Carnegie Library building in Lay Park. It houses several different historical and cultural collections in the galleries. There are Native American artefacts, exhibits about railroads, the Northern Michigan Asylum, a blacksmith shop, one-room schools and a Victorian parlour.

National Cherry Festival - Traverse City claims to be the cherry capital of the world so during the first full week in July, the city holds the National Cherry Festival. There are parades, fireworks and concerts and every conceivable cherry product is made and sampled.

Grand Traverse Bay - beneath the Old Mission Peninsula. This is a seventeen-mile piece of land that splits the bay into two inlets. Take a short driving tour along its narrow roads as they cut through numerous cherry orchards and vineyards. There are lovely views of the bay on either side.

Elmbrook Golf Course - 10 minutes from city centre. This course is a local favorite the course is excellent and and the views are spectacular, in particular the blue tee box on the 6th hole provides the biggest golfing and visual payoff, a stunning panoramic viewGolf courses. However there are approximately 36 courses in the area and some are among the most beautiful in the USA.

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark Fun place to stay, but also you could stay elsewhere and buy a day-pass to a huge indoor waterpark. There are two hot tubs -- one off-limits to kids -- and a full spa onsite. The one restaurant is fun for the kids where you eat under "tents" with a fake campfire. There are kids craft activities nearly all day (make a t-shirt, etc.) and storytimes at night.
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Traverse City Activities

Great Lakes Children's Museum 336 W. Front Street. Hands-on, interactive displays make the exhibits in the museum come to life for children

Pirate's Cove Adventure Park In this park the water gun-equipped bumper boats area huge hit with kids who usually consider that whoever gets the wettest wins.

East Beach - Rent a giant water trampoline with a slide and ladder from Break-N Waves. The private, oversized doughnut-shaped inner tubes with trampolines across their centre are firmly anchored in deeper water by the guides.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - located about 25 miles west of Traverse City. Drive along the Lakeshore's spectacular Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive,and show the kids the amazing mountains of glittering white sand nestled between Lake Michigan and Little Glen Lake. Stop at one of the area's steepest dunes, which look like walls of sand plummeting 450 feet into Lake Michigan. The kids will love throwing themselves down these dunes.

Traverse City Beaches

East Beach The town has no less than five sandy public beaches and a tiny harbour. East Beach is particularly child friendly. Here you can rent boats, windsurfers, Jet Ski's and mountain bikes. Or simply just play with the kids and do some sunbathing.

Traverse City Restaurants and Bars

Traverse City Restaurants

Mabel's - 472 Munson Avenue. Breakfasts here are excellent and are served with wonderful home-baked bread.

Mode's Bum Steer - 125 E State Street. If you want ribs, then this is the place for you. Their claim that their ribs are the best in the city is not without foundation.

Boathouse - 14039 Peninsula Drive. This restaurant is in a lovely setting by the lake. It serves excellent, fresh seafood, pasta and, for beleaguered vegetarians, a good selection of meatless dishes food.

Old Mission Tavern - 17015 Centre Road. Further up the peninsula's road, lies this tavern. It is tremendously popular with the locals and the menu features some classic European dishes.

Traverse City Bars & Clubs

The U & I Lounge - 214 E Front Street. If you want to go to the best bar in town then make your way here. You can also get good food her.

Union Street Station - 117 S Union Street. If a game of pool and live music make for a good night out for you then this is the place to go. There are several pool tables and live music most nights

Wingers Sports Bar - 615 E Front Street, This friendly bar is highly rated by the locals.

Shooters All Star Pub - 626 E Front Street, a relaxed easygoing atmosphere marks this bar.

Traverse City children's activities

Great Lakes Children's Museum 336 W. Front Street. Hands-on, interactive displays make the exhibits in the museum come to life for children

Pirate's Cove Adventure Park In this park the water gun-equipped bumper boats area huge hit with kids who usually consider that whoever gets the wettest wins.

East Beach - Rent a giant water trampoline with a slide and ladder from Break-N Waves. The private, oversized doughnut-shaped inner tubes with trampolines across their centre are firmly anchored in deeper water by the guides.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - located about 25 miles west of Traverse City. Drive along the Lakeshore's spectacular Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive,and show the kids the amazing mountains of glittering white sand nestled between Lake Michigan and Little Glen Lake. Stop at one of the area's steepest dunes, which look like walls of sand plummeting 450 feet into Lake Michigan. The kids will love throwing themselves down these dunes.

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