Northwest Michigan Area
Things to Do

There is no end to the variety of activities available to Northwest Michigan area visitors and residents alike. In addition to the beaches and lighthouses, antiques, art galleries, casinos and wineries and breweries, be sure to visit some of the following attractions.

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Beach Bums Professional Baseball
333 Stadium Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, (231) 943-0100
A professional minor league baseball team which plays its home games at Wuerfel Park, near Chums Corner south of Traverse City.
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Beachnut Surf Shop
1100 Main St., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-5249
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Benzie Area Historical Museum
6941 Traverse Ave., Benzonia, MI 49616, (231) 882-5539
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Brick Wheels
736 E. 8th Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 947-4274
A bicycle specialty shop, offering sales, service and rentals.
Carferry Cruises
Crossing Lake Michigan? Take a cruise on the S.S. Badger, the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes. Enjoy a relaxing four-hour, authentic steamship experience, crossing Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The S.S. Badger has the capacity to carry 600 passengers and 180 automobiles vehicles.
Champion Hill Golf Course
501 North Marshall Rd., Beulah, MI 49617, (231) 882-9200
Cherry Bowl Drive In Theater
9812 Honor Hwy., Honor, MI 49640, (231) 325-3413
City Opera House
106 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49685, (231) 941-8082
Crystal Gardens
1299 Pilgrim Hwy., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-9321
Dennos Museum Center
1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 995-1055
East Bay Parasail
1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49685, (231) 929-7272
Elberta's Waterfront Park
Furnace Ave., Elberta, MI 49628
Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
402 Forest Ave., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-6213
Fishtown
Fishtown in downtown Leland preserves the heritage of the Northern Michigan commercial fishing industry. The Leland riverwalk area features weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, fishing nets drying on racks and fish tugs. Several of the former shanties are home to gift and clothing boutiques, art galleries and specialty food shops.
Glider Rides
NW Soaring Club, Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-6123
Grand Traverse Balloons
225 Cross Country Trail, Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 947-7433
Grand Traverse Commons
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Buildings of the former Northern Michigan Asylum for the mentally ill are being preserved and renovated. Siturated on wooded grounds, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons includes restaurants, retail shops, wineries, brick oven bakery and much more.
Great Wolf Lodge
3575 N. US 31 South, Traverse City, MI 49684, (231) 941-3600
Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum
11060 US 31, Williamsburg, MI 49629, (231) 264-5597
Lifesize displays of Indian artifacts and Michigan animals.
Hickory Hills
2000 Randolph St., Traverse City, MI 49684, (231) 922-4910
Close to downtown Traverse City, Hickory Hills features hiking trails in the summer and a ski area during the winter. A disc golf course is also located here.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
4700 Highway 137, Interlochen, MI 49643, (231) 276-7200
Quality art presentations and concerts as well as being a training camp for young musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and writers.
Intimidator Sport Fishing Charters
212 Frankfort Ave., Elberta, MI 49628, (231) 651-9995
Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre
413 Park St., Frankfort, MI 49635, (312) 576-5037
Leelanau Historical Museum
203 E. Cedar St., Leland, MI 49654, (231) 256-7475
Features exhibits and archives about the settlement and development of the Leelanau Peninsula and nearby islands. Items by local artists are available in the museum store.
Lucky Jack's Family Fun Center
1705 S. Garfield Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 947-2610
Indoor fun for the whole family includes bowling, arcade, bumper cars and gaming center.
Manitou Island Transit
207 West River Street, Leland, MI 49654, (231) 256-9061
Michigan Legacy Art Park
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI 49683, (231) 378-4963
Music House Museum
7377 US 31 North, Acme, MI 49610, (231) 938-9300
A collection of the classic and rare automatic musical instruments used in live performance.
Oliver Art Center
132 Coast Guard St., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-4151
Pirate's Cove Adventure Park
1710 US-31 North, Traverse City, Mi 49686, (231) 938-9699
A miniature golf park with a pirate theme.
Platte River State Fish Hatchery
US 31, Honor, MI 49640, (231) 325-4611
Point Betsie Lighthouse
3071 Point Betsie Rd., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-7644
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front St M-72, Empire, MI 49630, (231) 326-5134
A hidden gem no more, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America. Boasting 35 miles along Lake Michigan, dunes that peak over 400 feet, two islands and 21 inland lakes, this national park brings in over a million visitors every year.
Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum
Sleeping Bear Road, Glen Arbor, MI 49630, (231) 326-5134
Restored lifesaving station and displays about the history of the Life Saving Service and daily life at the rescue station.
Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak
10228 W. Front Street, Empire, MI 49630, (231) 326-9283
The Bay Theatre
214 St. Joseph Street, Suttons Bay, MI 49682, (231) 271-3772.
The Garden Theater
301 W. Main St., Frankfort, MI 49635, (231) 352-7561
The Vogue Theatre
383 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 508-8005
The newly renovated historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee offers a movie experience unlike any other! Relax in our comfortable theater chairs and enjoy a first-run movie, weekly $2 classics or $.25 kids movies! Our ticket and concession prices are family-friendly! Call or check online for our movie schedule.
Traverse Bay Parasail
1773 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686, (231) 929-7272
Traverse Tall Ship Company- Schooner Manitou
13258 S. West Bay Shore Dr. (M-22), Traverse City, MI 49686, (800) 678-0383
Different specialty cruises of varying lengths are offered during the week aboard the schooner Manitou sailing out of Traverse City.
Vasa Trail
4450 Bartlett Road, Acme, MI 49610, (877) SKI-VASA
Offering a groomed cross country ski course for skating and striding with 3K, 5K, 11K and 25K loops. Beautiful scenery and skiing challenge.

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Things to Do in Benzie County -- In addition to sandy beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the county is home of part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, lighthouses at Point Betsie and Frankfort, and the Betsie Valley Trail for hiking and biking along 22 miles from Elberta to Thompsonville.
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