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Traverse City, Michigan City Trip - Attractions

Horseback Riding in Leelanau County
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What to See & Do in Traverse City

Important sights and attractions.



McLain Cycle
750 E 8th St.
Traverse City, MI

Brick Wheels
736 E. 8th St.
Traverse City, MI


Tall Ship Manitou

Tall Ship Manitou

Tall Ship Manitou
13390 S.W. Bayshore Dr.
West Bay
Traverse City, MI
231- 941-2000, 800-678-0383
This 62-passenger replica of an 1800s coasting schooner offers everything from two-hour trips to multi-day sailing. Book B&B overnights, themed packages focusing on astronomy or chocolate, and leave from Traverse City's west bay.


Leelanau Sands Casino
2521 N. West Bayshore Drive
Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Turtle Creek Casino
7741 M-72 E
Williamsburg, MI 49690

City Opera House
106 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Ornate 1891 restored gem, Michigan's oldest historically intact opera house, acts a community center for performance and visual arts, Traverse City Orchestra concerts, and the year-round "Dinner and a Movie" series.

The venerable Interlochen Center for the Arts, whose Summer Arts Festival includes a Shakespeare Festival

The venerable Interlochen Center for the Arts, whose Summer Arts Festival includes a Shakespeare Festival

Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 Hwy. M-137
Interlochen, MI
231-276-7200, 800-681-5920
Concerts, musical stars, Chinese acrobats, Shakespeare, dance and art are what make this fabled arts academy's indoor and outdoor stages hot tickets throughout the seasons.

Old Town Playhouse
148 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI
Popular community theater with lively orchestra-backed productions.

State Theatre
233 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Filmmaker Michael Moore and a passionate group of benefactors and volunteers acquired and restored this 1918 cinema house, now the official home of the Traverse City Film Festival. It features first-run indie films, 25-cent summer matinee classics, parent/baby screenings and memberships with discounts.


Aerie Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort
Acme, MI
Jazzy entertainment Friday-Saturday nights.

Aerie Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort

Aerie Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort

Beacon Lounge at the Park Place Hotel
300 East State St.
Traverse City, MI
Crowded piano bar with amazing view of the bay.

Boathouse Restaurant
14039 Peninsula Dr.
Traverse City, MI
Listen to classical 12-string guitar while staring at the big blue horizon.

Shimmers at the Holiday Inn West Bay
615 East Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Boogie with the 40's set.

Kilkenny's Irish Public House
400 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Handcrafted Irish ales and cool jazz blend with warm fireplace for hip scene.

Fishtown Charter Service
Full- and half-day charters on the Big Lake for salmon and trout fishing from the docks off Leland's Fishtown.

Ferry to North or South Manitou Island
Leland's Fishtown
Take a ride on the Manitou Island Transit from Fishtown in Leland and explore the wilds of the north island and the lighthouse on the south. Daytrips or overnight.


Manitou Music Festival
Leelanau County
National and regional classical, jazz and folk musicians perform indoors and out in family friendly locations.

The National Cherry Festival happens in in early July

The National Cherry Festival happens in in early July

National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, MI
Weeklong bayside celebration in early July includes parades, crowning of the queen and her court, pie-eating contests, foot races, baseball, musical entertainment and an air show with the Blue Angels.

Sleepy Bear Music Festival
Empire, MI
High times in the undulating sand dunes along Lake Michigan feature camping, regional and national acts, artisans and eco-awareness.

Suttons Bay Jazz Festival
Suttons Bay, MI
Last Saturday in July
Fine wines and classic jazz under the tent in Marina Park.

Traverse City Film Festival
Headquartered at downtown's State Theatre
233 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
231- 947-4800

Traverse Epicurean Classic
129 1/2 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
231-932-0475 or 231-933-9688
A three-day event at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and other venues around town that unites foodies and chefs, authors and eaters in the pursuit of fine food and wines. Receptions, classes, demos and people-watching make this a fabulous fall event. The 2008 dates are September 11-13.


Artcenter Gallery
300 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Local artists and entries from regional competitions are on view and on sale in this stylish spot.

A reception at a local gallery

A reception at a local gallery

Belstone Gallery
321 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
A sparkling oasis on the Boardman for fine local and national art, glass, jewelry, furniture and pottery.

Gallery Fifty
830 Cottage View Dr.
Grand Traverse Commons
Traverse City, MI
In the Mercato at the former state asylum, Grand Traverse Commons, this glittering fine-art emporium sets the stage for local talent with openings each month in the off season.

Insideout Gallery
229 Garland
Warehouse District
Traverse City, MI
Featuring local and national underground art in the Warehouse District.


Annie's of Traverse City
208 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Here you'll find funny cards, games, candy, toys and gag gifts.

Cali's Cottons
242 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Upscale natural-fabric boutique clothing, shoes, jewelry and French imports.

Cherry Republic
150 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
The Traverse City outpost of the famed Glen Arbor, MI-based cherry hyperstore. Anything that cherries can fit into can be found here.

Cherry Stop
211 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
All cherries, all the time, from edibles to wearables.

Golden Shoes
122 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
Sporty-stylish walking wear.

Plamondon Shoes
144 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI
High-end sport/casual footwear.

Music House Museum Gift Shop

Music House Museum Gift Shop

Wilson's Antiques
123 S. Union St.
Traverse City, MI
Four floors of fun and treasures such as Roseville and McCoy pottery, vintage postcards and magazines, leaded-glass windows and iron or brass beds.

Music House Museum
7377 U.S.-31 N
Acme, MI
Take in the multi-sensory magic of rare instruments like the Belgian dance organ, nickelodeons, music boxes, pipe organs and the Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Instruments date from the 1930s to 1870.

Old Mission General Store
18250 Mission Rd.
Old Mission, MI
Owner and former soap star, Jim Richards, might be belting out something deep and operatic behind his 1850-era counter when you arrive. Just know that his sandwiches and roasted chickens are superb, and the penny candy and barrel dill pickles are as good as they were when you were a kid. Be sure to browse the back room's vintage photos and maps.

Ski Resorts
Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Caberfae Peaks, Crystal Mountain, The Homestead, Otsego Ski Club, Shanty Creek, Treetops Resort.


Wuerfel Park
333 Stadium Drive
South near Chum's Corner
Traverse City, MI
Traverse City Beach Bums play baseball here.

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp
Centre I.C.E. Arena
1600 Chartwell Dr.
Traverse City, MI
The 10 th annual kicks off with the prospects tournament Sept. 13-17, 2008, with the Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Tickets are $5 per day, available on game days. Training camp is Sept. 20-21, 2008, with morning practices. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for standing room. The gold-medal game is Sept. 22 ($20 reserved and $15 standing). Camp concludes with the famous red-and-white game Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. ($25 reserved and $20 standing).

Horse Shows by the Bay
Flintfields Horse Park
Williamsburg, MI
Three-week "equestrian festival" of hunter/jumper and dressage competitions including four Grand Prix events, the most competitive class of equestrian sport — kicks off July 16-Aug. 3, 2008. Open to the public only on specified general-admission days for $5 per person, children under 5 free.


Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association:

Wineries of Old Mission:

Opt for a self-guided tour, or take a limo:

Majestic Limo
1787 Chartwell Dr.
Traverse City, MI


(Updated: 08/29/13 CT)

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