Fun Things to Do in Traverse City


Whatever your idea of fun, Traverse City definitely has a way for you to experience it. From hot air balloon rides to delicious adult beverages, here are the best things to do in Traverse City.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

The natural environment surrounding Traverse City includes breathtaking views of lakes, bays, shorelines, and cherry orchards. It can be a wonder to take in, one by one, so imagine what rising a few thousand feet to see it all at once can do! Balloon rides in Traverse City give you a special bird’s eye view of the geographically rich region, for an aerial tour unmatched in adventure and romance. It’s one thing to do in Traverse City that you will never forget!

Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes Natural Lakeshore

About 28 miles west of Traverse City, in Maple City, you’ll find one of the area’s most memorable geographic features in Sleeping Bear Dunes. The vast slope of sandy beaches characterized by dunes that dramatically rise 400 feet up from the surface of the great Lake Michigan to create a small natural wonder. Grab a comfortable, scenic perch overlooking the huge lake on a sunny day, and imagine what the stunning landscape must look like from a hot air balloon ride.

Take a Winery Tour

The northern hemisphere’s 45th parallel passes through at least three celebrated wine regions: France’s Bordeaux region, Italy’s Piedmont, and Michigan’s lower peninsula. Though lesser known than its European counterparts, the underrated Traverse Wine Coast offers exquisite wine tasting tours, particularly along the Old Mission Peninsula, which splits Grand Traverse Bay in two. With dozens of wineries to choose from, we recommend starting with the beautiful wines and bay views of 2 Lads Winery, and making your way south along the peninsula, visiting places like Chanteau Chantal, Brys Estate, Peninsula Cellars, and Mari Vineyards.

Go Craft Beer Tasting

One of the best things to do in Traverse City without actually leaving the city is trying the local craft beer. Downtown Traverse City alone features eight craft breweries, with several other highly regarded brewers in the surrounding areas. In town, start with community oriented The Workshop Brewing Company; The Filling Station Brewing Company, which occupies a former rail station; or the venerable North Peak Brewing, which has been at it for two decades. Just south of the city, Brewery Terra Firma offers farm to pint brews using locally sourced ingredients, while the nationally renowned Jolly Pumpkin operates a brewpub on the Old Mission Peninsula.

Take a Scenic Bike Ride

A less thrilling thing to do in Traverse City than balloon rides, taking a scenic bike ride nevertheless allows you to take in the area’s surrounding nature from a ground view perspective. Part of the paved, eleven mile TART Trail (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation) passes through downtown Traverse City, and connects to several other bike paths, including one along Boardman Lake to the south, and another along the shore of Old Mission Peninsula to the north.

Give the Gift of Hot Air Balloon Rides

With plenty of great things to do in Traverse City, people easily forget to set time aside to afford themselves the pleasure of hot air balloon rides. That’s why we offer gift cards for Traverse City Balloon Tours. These amazing gifts offer all the nudge anyone needs to go on that adventure, and check taking balloon rides over Traverse City off their bucket lists. Contact us today to inquire about gifting someone the experience of a lifetime.