The big schooners 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 excursions on Grand Traverse Bay -- including cruises where you can enjoy local microbrews, wines and savory cuisine. 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 that are available for dockside tours.