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Spring in Traverse City

Goodbye winter, hello spring! 

Spring is “blossom time” in the forests and orchards overlooking Grand Traverse Bay. Take a break from the ordinary and head to Traverse City to celebrate the new season with these amazing things to do in Traverse City in the Spring. Plan a cherry blossom tour, sip your way along the Traverse Wine Coast, enjoy a meal outdoors and be sure to spend time in our wide-open spaces. 

Why wait to come and explore Traverse City? View our places to stay today and start planning your trip to build lasting memories with family and friends. Top activities are listed below. 

Take a Cherry Blossom Tour

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The cherry orchards will soon be blossoming. If you've never seen several million cherry trees all flowering at once, you need to get up here and take a look! Flowers start to appear in May and they tend to peak around the middle of the month. See them on a hike, by bike and even on a wine tour! 

Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

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It’s one of Michigan’s five National Parks and its beauty is incredible no matter what the season is. Spring brings life and a new meaning to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Bright green leaves unfold on the trees, wildflowers dot the trails, and the sweeping vistas of Lake Michigan beckon you to stare for hours. 

Go on A Wine Tour

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Do you know that May is Michigan Wine Month? In Traverse City, that means we celebrate all month during Traverse City Uncorked

Visit a Lighthouse

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Take a step back in time and discover the history of maritime culture in the Grand Traverse Region by visiting one or more of the five lighthouses in the area. These Spring attractions in Traverse City are perfect for individuals, couples, and the whole family. Plan a little extra time to explore the grounds, take in the view of the Bay and in some cases climb to the top of the tower.

Explore Our Regions

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Take a road trip or plan your stay in one of the quaint villages, and port towns around the area. Close to lighthouses, beaches and plenty of natural areas Benzie and Leelanau counties are full of things to do in Traverse City in the Spring! Be sure to check our suggested itineraries for each region before heading out! 

Hit the Green

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The air is cooler, the scenery is incredible, and spring is a glorious time to play at one of our distinguished courses. Our championship courses, make it easy to start planning your next golf getaway. 

Cast a Line

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This region is rapidly gaining fame among freshwater sport enthusiasts. Lake Michigan’s clear blue waters along with scores of pristine inland lakes make Traverse City a top destination for fly fishing and charter fishing

Go For a Bike Ride

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This region has likely been put on the map for biking because of the well-known Ice Man Cometh Challenge. While this is certainly an impressive race, it is not the only opportunity or event for biking enthusiasts. Cyclists will find themselves in awe of the endless country roads while mountain bikers will face new challenges on the VASA Trail and leisure riders can enjoy a cruise on the TART trail. 

Watch a Sunset

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The days get a little longer and there's more time to plan a sunset outing! Pack a picnic (we encourage local snacks and beverages), grab a blanket and a few extra layers and head out to one of our beaches or open spaces to see nature's display. Some of our favorite spots include: Bryant Park, Esch Road Beach, Frankfort Beach and the Open Space Park. 

Eat Like a Local

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When you find that perfect meal, it's like someone suddenly stops the clock and you are in a state of pure dining bliss. And on vacation, that's exactly where you want to be. How do you know where to go? Trust a local, their recommendations are sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Explore All Spring Events

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In addition to the incredible activities and things to do that Traverse City offers year-round, spring promises an array of events for families, friend groups and couples looking for a getaway. Find a complete list of everything happening this season on our Spring Events Page.

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