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Set within the campus of the Northwestern Michigan College and opened in 1991, the Dennos Museum Center beckons to families, friends and visitors to come and partake of its wide offerings which span architecture, installations, sculptures, artifacts, paintings, etc. Lectures, workshops, classes and similar events are organized for adults while toddlers and preschoolers have their own educational program. The performing arts too are suitably represented in their fabulous auditorium. Check website for more details.
While Traverse City offers no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy, the Traverse City State Park stands out as a must-visit for all nature lovers, visiting or local. Located along the East Grand Traverse Bay, the park is a great place for lounging on the beach or setting up the grill for a family picnic. Though visiting the park is free, camping facilities are offered for a fee. Check the website for more details.
City Opera House is one of the three remaining oldest Victorian opera houses that still stand today in the state of Michigan. It has constantly been in the forefront of artistic collaborations and educational programs in the fields of the performing arts. Each season boasts an eclectic repertoire of events that see regional, national and international performing troupes. This charming 700-seater theater boasts state-of-the-art facilities in terms of seating, decor, stage and lighting. Check website for details.
Connoisseurs of wine and hard cider in Traverse City certainly can't miss a visit to Left Foot Charley. Located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, this one-of-kind winery offers a wide array of sumptuous wines and hearty ciders--all made from fruit locally sourced in Michigan. The space offers tastings throughout the week as well as private events and tours.
Children have yet another great option for fun and wholesome education in Traverse City at the Great Lakes Children's Museum. Open since 1998, this museum takes seriously its mission to provide families and children with a place to participate with others to explore and learn together. Most exhibits are hands-on and interactive, ensuring that children (and adults!) have fun while getting a worthwhile education at the same time.
Set along the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, Black Star Farms easily stands as one of the more formidable vineyards Michigan has to offer. Focusing on white wine production, Black Star Farms has been a popular destination for local and visiting wine connoisseurs alike for over a quarter of a century. Tastings are offered throughout the week and group tours can also be scheduled in advance. Check the website for more details.
A visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a truly memorable experience. The dramatic dune formations, white sand beaches, deep blue waters and deeper blue skies will totally astound you. Regardless of whether you are an adventure freak or a person who likes to lounge about and enjoy a slow day, there's something at Sleeping Dunes for everyone. The park is so vast that you can enjoy a range of activities like hiking, water sports, winter sports or visiting the various historic houses in the park. Accommodations include anything from luxury lakeside hotels, to more modest campgrounds.
Located inside an iconic 1916 building, State Theatre has become a national icon for film lovers after being listed by the Motion Picture Association of America as the #1 movie theater in the world. The interior boasts of majestic art deco decor, combined with state-of-the-art sound and visual equipment--it's easy to see how this theater has risen above the rest. Visitors to Traverse City shouldn't miss an opportunity to screen a film at the State Theater.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse is a functional lighthouse, though currently used only for demonstration. There is a museum housed within the lighthouse that has historical exhibits pertaining to the keeper and his family. The landmark has been given the National Historic status and is truly a sight to behold. If you want to immerse yourself in day full of local history and culture, then time spent at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse will truly be a good experience.
More than just a shopping center, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is located in a preserved historical area that used to be the Traverse City State Hospital. There are plenty of dining and shopping options, making for an enjoyable day out.