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Kids' Activities

After a long winter, kids (and parents!) are itching to get outside. Tap into your inner explorer with a visit to the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve where you can explore seven miles of trails meandering through this 500-acre park. Stop into the Boardman River Nature Center nestled on the banks of the Boardman River after your hike to experience interactive displays and seasonal exhibits. 

Then hop on your bikes (or rent them at Brick Wheels or McLain Cycle & Fitness) and take to the trails! The area’s amazing TART Trails system includes a 10.5-mile paved trail running from Acme through Traverse City and connecting with the Leelanau Trail. Bike along Grand Traverse Bay, stop for a bite to eat in Downtown Traverse City, and then wind through the beautiful countryside of Leelanau County.

If spring showers make hiking less than ideal, head inside to the Dennos Museum Center, the Great Lakes Children’s Museum or the beautiful Traverse Area District Library overlooking Boardman Lake.