The big schooners, sloops and frigates that played such an important role in the history of the Great Lakes are a colorful part of Traverse City’s landscape. In fact, Traverse City has more of these imposing sailing vessels than any other port in Michigan.
One schooner offers regular summer excursions on Grand Traverse Bay -- including cruises where you can enjoy local microbrews, wines and savory cuisine. (In the fall it even doubles as a floating bed-and-breakfast.) Two other tall ships are "floating classrooms" where you can learn about the area’s aquatic environment and maritime history. Still others are historical replicas of 18th and 19th century ships, available for dockside tours and (if you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time) a free ride around the Bay.