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.
Up here, summers are tailor made for kid-friendly fun. Take in the festivities of the National Cherry Festival, ride bikes along Grand Traverse Bay via miles of paved trails, attend a Traverse City Beach Bums baseball game, or hike up (and roll down!) the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes. And don't forget about those lazy, hazy beach days!
Downtown Traverse City stretches for several blocks along the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay. Explore specialty shops, buy some freshly-made fudge, eat lunch at a sidewalk table, or enjoy some live jazz at a Front Street bistro. Take a 5-minute drive to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons to soak up some local history while you investigate one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries, wineries and restaurants.
Traverse City is known for its outdoor recreation and now it's even easier to plan your adventure with the launch of the new Experience 231 Mobile App. The app is designed to offer visitors and locals access to over 300 year-round outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, snowshoeing, skiing, and more!