Author: Kelly Butler

Kelly was a summer intern for Traverse City Tourism. She is studying Journalism, Communications, Public Relations, and Business at Indiana University. In her spare time, she enjoys wakeboarding, waterskiing, and swimming in Glen Arbor's Glen Lake, as well as sitting on her porch and drinking coffee. Her least favorite planet is Mercury, and she only likes the red and purple Skittles. 

If you’re a Sleeping Bear Dunes veteran, chances are you’ve run up and down the Dune Climb or biked along the Heritage Trail. You’ve probably hiked to the top of the Empire Bluffs or visited the Good Harbor Bay Beach, looking to find that famous beauty and stunning serenity that the National Lakeshore holds for anyone who needs it. However, it may be just a bit harder to find that serenity when you’re surrounded by people sprinting down a giant sand dune, flailing their arms and yelling like maniacs. But hey – we’ve all been there. We know how much fun it is!  

It's sunny! It's hot! It's time to go to the beach! Dip your toes in the water, or go full force and take the plunge, whether your an adult or a kid. Speaking of kids...while all beaches are family-friendly, there are a few that seem as though they were made solely for entertaining the kids and relaxing their parents. For a family beach day, which I highly recommend you indulge in, here are the top choices for beaches in Traverse City.