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Best things to do in Grand Traverse Bay

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Lighthouse
“A little history of the Great Lakes and Traverse City. Beautiful drive up the peninsula, with many winery's, orchards.”
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Lighthouse
“You can't say you've been to the tip unless you go here. Enjoy the rich history in the museum.”
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American Restaurant
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“A bit of a drive from Red Gate Farm, but it's got a water view with a reasonably priced menu. It's a nice drive to get there, and there's winery next door. ”
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Park
“The home to the Grand Travers Lighthouse! It also has camping directly on the tip of the peninsula! ”
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Bar
“A moment's walk from Sunset Lodge, beautiful tasting room on the waterfront of Omena Bay. Open daily until 6 pm.”
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Park
“Beautiful walk along Mud Lake, through the forest. It has varying trails to make it as long or short as you want. You can wander just in the forest or head straight to Cathead Bay, Lake Michigan.”
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Art Gallery
“Iconic art gallery in Omena, MI. If you want to take home something really special, try here. ”
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Natural Feature
“Best bicycling in Michigan. Visit Suttons Bay and Northport--lovely lakeside communities with much to do. Eat goat cheese at Idyll Farms. Go wine tasting and much more.”
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Park
“Easy hiking near a peaceful, quiet lake. Also great for kayaking, fishing, and birding. No motorized boats.”
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Park
“Tip of the Old Mission Peninsula where a disused lighthouse stands. Wonderful view of Grand Traverse bay and beautiful drive.”
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Route
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Route
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Park
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