Traverse City is a minor urban area located on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. With outdoor recreational activities, culture, and plenty of social opportunities, it has quite a bit to offer. Highlighted in this post are some of the best things to see and do during your visit. 

Best Known For

Annual National Cherry Festival 

screen filled with nothing but cherries

Did you know? Michigan’s sandy soil and mild climate make it the perfect place to grow fruit? In particular: Cherries. Traverse City is the Cherry producing capital of the world. It turns out 250 million pounds and 75% of the cherries in the United States.  
So, they host an annual festival to celebrate! At the festival, expect to enjoy a variety of activities including bike races, parades, and art competitions. Plus, there is a Cherry style Farmer’s Market where you can shop for every kind of cherry product including pies, teas, honey, and more.
This museum is what you would expect but also much more. In addition to the art murals displayed on their walls, they host a variety of performances and interactive programs. Their mission is to cultivate a raw appreciate of art. They educate and captivate their visitors with a well-encompassed presentation. 

Victorian City Opera House

female and male opera singers performing classical opera

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Forty-eight victorian style Opera Houses were built in Michigan between the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, only 7 of these structures are open. The location in Traverse City is one of them. Because of this, it is a destination attraction for many. Especially those with a love of arts and cultural entertainment.


Traverse City State Park 

This park has close proximity to the beach and also downtown Traverse City. Also, there are plenty of trails for walking and biking. If you’re traveling by a Recreational Vehicle, there are designated parking and camping spots. Great for picnicking and outdoor fun. 

Wuerfel Park

a tethered baseball sitting on a baseball field

If you love baseball, catch a game at Wuerfel Park. This stadium, built in 2004, is home to the Beach Bum’s; Traverse City’s first professional baseball team in 90 some years

Places to Eat 

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Sunday Brunch❤️

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A day of exploring a new city is sure to work up an appetite. Find the best Sunday brunch, slathered in syrup, at the Amical, or any day brunch at Patisserie Amie.If it’s all American burgers and sandwiches you’re craving, head to Slabtown Cafe and Burgers. Get stir crazy with a little latin/asian fusion at Georgina’s Cusine. For a fun, creative bite, stop by Poppycocks.


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