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    Things To Do

Things To Do

Traverse City Fall Colors

Traverse City's orchards, vineyards, forests, and villages create a beautiful patchwork of orange, crimson, scarlet, and gold. Whichever route you choose, it will be the perfect one for a drive that combines fall color with views of the bay, visits to wineries and roadside fruit stands, and unforgettable meals.

Go Wine or Beer Tasting

Explore more than 40 wineries along the Traverse Wine Coast, where patios, sweeping vineyards, and tented pavilions allow patrons to sip safely. And if wine isn't your thing (or maybe you just want a beer) you'll find that fall color and beer naturally go together in northern Michigan. Ambers, golden IPA’s and stouts they’re all on the menu for an autumn beer tour.

The Little Fleet

448 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

Fixed collection of food trucks offering an eclectic array of bites, plus a bar & outdoor seating. This is one of our favorite places in TC!

Get Outside

By foot, by bike or by car, there are endless open spaces to explore the outdoors in northern Michigan. Walk along the pier at Clinch Park Marina, bike along the TART or Betsie Valley Trails and don't forget to watch a fiery sunset over the lake.

Wine tasting along the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail

Experience what thousands of wine enthusiasts have already discovered, the Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail. The perfect wine destination for creating a day full of memories with friends or your next weekend retreat to the Traverse Wine Coast. Old Mission Peninsula extends into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay at the globe’s 45th parallel, an ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes. The distinct wineries that comprise this stunning appellation have been well recognized by wine enthusiasts the world over.

Sip Some Cider

You’ve heard about Traverse City’s wine and beer, but do you know about cider? On tap, in a growler, and even in a six-pack of cans, cider is now available at many of the local wineries. And if you’re not into the hard stuff, there’s always sweet cider (and donuts!).

Shopping along Front Street

We've made shopping in Traverse City easy with these recommendations! If ever there was a perfect place for a shopping adventure, it would have to be downtown Traverse City. Front Street’s evocative brick sidewalks and 19th-century Victorian storefronts are a wonderful setting, especially throughout the year when the trees overhead show off their natural displays. Spring brings white blossoms, autumn brings rich fall colors and winter shows off fresh snow-covered branches adorned with twinkling lights. Downtown’s 150 shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants are filled with new discoveries just waiting to be found.

Spend time on the Old Mission Peninsula

The Old Mission Peninsula is an 18-mile sliver of land that juts out into the turquoise-blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay and teems with natural beauty and some of the most stunning vistas in the region.

Cherry Republic | Traverse City

154 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

An Up North experience not to be missed - a stop at Cherry Republic! Sample our nearly 200 cherry products, including cherry salsa, chocolate covered dried cherries, cherry nut mix, and even cherry wine and soda pop in our tasting room. https://cherryrepublic.com/locations/traverse-city/

Visit The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Uncommon, commons -- a place unlike any other in Traverse City. Located just a few blocks from Downtown Traverse City, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a unique collection of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants in a cluster of creamy castles, surrounded by acres of beautiful wooded grounds. Go for the shopping, or the history, or for a guided tour. The Village is one of the largest historic renovation projects in the country. In another life, the property and buildings were known as the Traverse City State Hospital. Plan a day to walk the grounds, take an underground tour of the famous tunnels and spend time relaxing on one of the outdoor patios either sipping wine or fair-trade coffee.

Explore the Regions

Traverse City is surrounded by colorful country roads leading to scenic small towns and villages. Pack your bags and head out to Benzie county for a few days. There are miles of freshwater coastline, scenic attractions, local flavors at breweries and distilleries, and plenty of options to be outdoors.

Go Golfing

Stunning lake views. Long stretches of vibrant fairway. The quiet embrace of fall color surrounding the course. Stepping up to the tee box in Traverse City and the surrounding regions takes you miles away from ordinary, with courses made to suit all levels of play.

Learn more about Traverse City

Learn about how Traverse City is one of the 9 Most Picturesque Small Towns In Michigan