Traverse City offers a wide variety of tours for visitors who want to explore the area's natural beauty and rich history. Visitors can take a scenic driving tour around the nearby Leelanau Peninsula, where they can enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the rolling countryside. Guided walking tours of Downtown Traverse City provide visitors with an up-close look at the city's historic buildings and landmarks.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital, is a must-visit attraction for those interested in history and architecture. Once a mental health facility designed by famed architect James Kirkbride in the late 1800s, the beautifully restored historic buildings now serve as a vibrant mixed-use development, featuring shops, and restaurants. Guided tours highlight the unique architectural features of the Kirkbride buildings, providing visitors with a glimpse into the hospital's history.
Traverse City offers a range of boat tours for visitors to experience the beauty of the Grand Traverse Bay. One unique option is the Tall Ship Manitou, a replica of a 19th-century cargo schooner that offers day and evening sails. Another popular tour is offered by Discovery Cruises, a beautifully remodeled vessel featuring two climate-controlled decks offering stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay in comfort. Inland Seas Education Association provides another unique experience, offering educational tours to learn about the Great Lakes and their ecosystems aboard their floating classroom. Their programs cater to individuals and families of all ages, from hands-on experiences such as plankton sampling to sail handling.
Traverse City is also a paradise for art enthusiasts, with a diverse range of galleries to explore. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is a must-visit destination for its rotating exhibits from local and national artists, covering a wide range of art forms and styles. For a more extensive collection of art, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College boasts a permanent collection of over 3,000 works from around the world, including Inuit and Alaska Native art, contemporary Japanese prints, and modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures. The city is also home to numerous other art galleries showcasing the works of both established and up-and-coming artists.
Check out our calendar below of daily tours and exhibits!