Local Area Attractions
Historic Perry Hannah House
A massive Victorian Mansion once home to one of the founders of Traverse City.
Great Lakes Children's Museum
The mission of the Great Lakes Children's Museum is to surround children and the adults in their lives with a hands-on, interactive and informal educational environment that will invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.
City Opera House
Traverse City's handsome second-story City Opera House has been a source of community pride since its construction in 1891. The first building in Traverse City to install electric lights, the Opera House hosted plays, lectures, meetings, balls, concerts and vaudeville acts before closing in 1920. It is being restored to its former splendor, and is now used for a variety of community meetings, dances and other events.
Dennos Museum Center
The Michael and Barbara Dennos Museum Center features both the visual and performing arts. Changing exhibitions focus on a variety of media and subjects from historical art to contemporary work by artists of state, national and international stature. The museum's permanent display of sculpture, prints and drawings by the Inuit artists of the Canadian arctic is one of the largest and most historically complete collections anywhere. A hands-on Discovery Gallery is especially popular with children. The Milliken Auditorium showcases the performing arts, including theater, dance and music.
This is one of America's largest candle retailers. Come and enjoy demonstrations that can be arranged in advance for groups. The historical and artistic ambiance has been developed to entertain visitors of all ages.
Local Area Activities
Part of Traverse City's popularity -- in addition to its breathtaking natural surroundings -- is its charm. It's no wonder Traverse City is consistently voted as one of America's most charming small towns. So, during your stay here, make yourself at home! Spend an afternoon strolling through our quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods. Visit some of our beautifully restored historic buildings, or learn a bit about our all-important cherry industry.
Owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, both of the area's local casinos offer black jack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, roulette, and over 200 slots. Enjoy nationally recognized entertainment in the state-of-the-art Sands Showroom.
Set against a backdrop of woods, water and hills throughout picturesque Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Benzie and Antrim counties, Traverse City golf is, in a word, incomparable. Matchless designs, stunning beauty, impeccable conditioning and a warm welcome await golfers teeing up in Traverse City.
While Traverse City is a four-season paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, there are also those days when you need a break from the elements. Whether you're seeking air-conditioned comfort on a sultry summer afternoon or you need to warm up after a day on the slopes, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you occupied!
Perhaps the most stunning features of the Traverse City area are its sandy shoreline, towering dunes and crystal clear lakes. No wonder Traverse CIty was ranked by AOL Travel News in the No. 8 spot of America's Top 10 Beach Towns -- the only destination ranked that is not on an ocean coastline!
Arts & Entertainment
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra -- often performing in the beautifully restored City Opera House -- is easily on par with orchestras from large metropolitan areas. Interlochen Center for the Arts attracts internationally acclaimed artists, and each summer concert-goers can enjoy a tailgate picnic before heading into the open-air, 4,000-seat ampitheatre overlooking Green Lake to enjoy the likes of Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban.
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Traverse City Film Festival
Summer time is outside time in Traverse City, so it might seem odd that one of the areas most popular new summer festivals takes place almost entirely indoors. Founded in 2005, the Traverse City Film Festival has been able to lure movie buffs away from the beaches and golf courses with an outstanding selection of independent, foreign, and documentary films, as well as premieres, parties, panel discussions and lectures about the world of film. http://www.traversecityfilmfest.org/
Boats on the Boardwalk
Organized by the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc., this is a judged show located along the Boardman River boardwalk in Traverse City. Admission is free.Featuring 50 boats, circa 1900 through current wooden classics. Boats on display usually include high-powered mahogany runabouts, hydroplanes, outboards, vintage engines, powered launches, wooden canoes, and rowboats.
44th Annual Buckley Old Engine Show
Location: One mile west of Buckley off M-37 on County Road 633. Website: http://www.buckleyoldengineshow.org This event has over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks -- and a working 1923 steam locomotive that carries passengers around a mile of track. More details when available.