They don’t call Traverse City a four-season playground for nothing! Choosing the adventure is half the fun, the other half just comes together when you find yourself in a pretty great place.
In summer, the sugar sand beaches make for ideal sandcastle building, and the crystal clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay and the area’s many inland lakes are perfect for water sports including kayaking and canoeing.
Early July brings the National Cherry Festival. Parades, dog-jumping contests and even turtle races offer hours of free fun. And the last week of July celebrates movies with the Traverse City Film Festival. Kid-friendly shows are sprinkled throughout the week, and each night a giant inflatable screen is set up at the Open Space where you can lay on your blanket and watch a film under the stars.
Colorful pumpkin patches, apple orchards and corn mazes are quintessential for family fun in the fall. And when you can bite into a fresh caramel apple, the memory just gets a whole lot better!
When winter arrives, and the snow starts to fly, the fun doesn’t end in Traverse City. In fact, kids + snow naturally ramps up the fun factor. Race down the hills on skis, snowboards or tubes or slow things down a bit on cross country skis or snowshoes.
In spring, the cherry blossoms appear, and Petoskey stones begin to wash up on the shores of Lake Michigan. Both are delightful surprises for kids and adults alike. And when the rain showers persist, there’s always and indoor pool to splash around in, a museum to expand your knowledge at, or a movie to watch at a local theater.