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.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Leland Food & Wine Festival
Michigan's oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor. Everyone has a chance to go to see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style! No need to purchase advance tickets - just show up rain or shine at the big tent in Lelands picturesque Fishtown district.
Old Town Arts & Craft Fair
Fine arts and crafts will fill the streets on this weekend in Downtown Traverse City. This annual juried art fair features over 90 artists and craftsmen displaying their work. Open to the public free of charge. Adjacent Lay Park will be featuring live entertainment throughout the day. http://www.downtowntc.com/
National Cherry Festival
Oldest, Biggest and Still the Champion: The National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is still proud to be Americas Cherry Capital. It celebrates that heritage every year during the first week of July with an eight-day party featuring over 150 family activities: air shows, fireworks, parades (including the nations largest all-children parade) games, races, midway rides, demonstrations, nightly outdoor concerts and lots of chances to taste delicious cherry products. Now in its 86th year, the Cherry Festival is Traverse Citys signature event, drawing as many as 500,000 attendees from around the country. Everything is located conveniently within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun.
Traverse Outdoor Art Fair
This is an impressive juried event, showcasing more than 120 artists from across the country. Featuring jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, fiber and more. The Artcenter is proud to offer a high quality art festival for the community and surrounding areas. Fairgoers can also enjoy live music, concessions, artist demonstrations and children's activities. http://www.artcentertraversecity.com/