Spring Break in Traverse City


How to Rock a Traverse City Spring Getaway

1) Get out and Explore, Explore, Explore

One of great things about Traverse City is that, while it’s grown a lot over the years, it still has that small town, friendly feel.

It’s very easy to get in and out of places. Parking, traffic, and way-finding aren’t overwhelming.

With that said, here are a few stops to put on your Traverse City spring trip list:

Downtown Traverse City

There are a ton of unique shops to explore in Downtown Traverse City. Boutiques, specialty shops, toy stores, restaurants, and more make up the businesses you can visit here.

Cherry Republic

154 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
GREAT FOR: SPRING BREAK FAMILY TRIP, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY, foodie experience, Wine tour weekend

Be sure to stop in for samples at the Traverse City Cherry Republic location. Here, adults can do a little wine tasting while kids taste test soda pops in the Cherry Republic Winery. 

Other sample stations offer cherry candies, jams, salsas, trail mixes, and more. After you’ve made your selections, eat lunch in the Cafe at the back of the shop.

Cherry Republic Traverse City
Stop in for samples at Cherry Republic


129 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Next, grab an ice cream cone at Kilwin’s (their caramel apples are pretty wonderful, too!).

Fustini’s School of Cooking

141 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Traveling with an adult crew? A cooking class at Fustini’s is a treat.

Book a spot in an interactive cooking class and you’ll experience a cook-as-you-go dinner experience, learning new cooking tips and techniques along the way.

Fustini's cooking class Traverse City

Handz On Art

144 Hall St., Warehouse MRKT, Suite 110, Traverse City, MI 49684
Great for: spring break family Trip, girlfriend’s getaway

If you have time, consider dropping by Handz On Art, a paint your own pottery studio. There is no hourly charge so take your time, relax and have fun. 

traverse city handz on art

Pro Tip: Sign up for TC’s FREE Northern Michigan Scavenger Hunt Pass before your visit.

Use the pass as a guide to your Traverse City adventure, and don’t forget to check in along the way.
Checking in gets you closer to earning prizes!

Pro Tip: Sign up for TC’s FREE Northern Michigan Scavenger Hunt PassSpring Into Activity Pass before your visit.

Use the pass as a guide to your Traverse City adventure, and don’t forget to check in along the way.
Checking in gets you closer to earning prizes!

Grand Traverse Commons

The Grand Traverse Commons is a perfect addition to any adults-only Traverse City itinerary. Foodies will love the great selection of restaurants on the village campus.

Once a state mental asylum, many of the historic buildings have been reclaimed. Definitely peruse the cute shops in the Mercato!

Restaurants, shops, and residences have popped up across the campus. There are also hiking trails in the woods here, too.

Grand Traverse Commons

Village Grounds Tours

830 Cottageview dr, suite 101, Traverse City, MI 49684
GREAT FOR: Outdoorsy adventure, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY

Adults will also want to sign up for the Guided Historic Walking Tunnel Tour or the Asylum Flashlight Tour to get the inside scoop on this historic place.

Traverse City Tunnel Tour

Left Foot Charley

830 Cottageview dr, suite 101, Traverse City, MI 49684
GREAT FOR: wine tour weekend, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY

Pencil in time for a stop at Left Foot Charley. If you have kids along, they can enjoy the outdoor patio while adults do a little wine & hard cider tasting.

Left Foot Charley Winery Traverse City

Sugar 2 Salt 

1371 Gray Drive, Suite 300 Traverse City, MI 49684
GREAT FOR: Foodie experience, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY

Sugar 2 Salt is a delightful breakfast adventure. Arrive early to snag a table. Will it be the Bread Pudding with crisp pork belly and hollandaise or the Risotto with Bacon and Basil Walnut Pesto?

Spent Grain Pancakes at Sugar 2 Salt

Trattoria Stella

830 Cottageview Drive, Suite G-01
GREAT FOR: Foodie experience, wine tour weekend, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY

One of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America, Trattoria Stella specializes in house-made pastas, fresh cheeses, charcuterie, breads and desserts.  A perfect choice for date night or a trip with the girls.

Trattoria Stella Traverse City

TART Trail

Traverse Area Recreation Trail

GREAT FOR: SPRING BREAK FAMILY TRIP, Romantic escape, GIRLFRIEND’S GETAWAY, outdoorsy adventure, wine tour weekend

If bike riding is up your alley, check out the TART Trail system.

The main TART trail stretches from East Bay into downtown Traverse City and runs up the Leelanau Peninsula, making it easy to access with bikes, rollerblades or strollers.

You can even rent bikes and do a pedal-powered wine tour if you’d like.

Ride the trail and you’ll roll past sweeping bay views, parks, playgrounds, ice cream shops and more.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located west of Traverse and along the shores of Lake Michigan, is a treasure to behold.

Majestic lake views, fantastic hiking, and sweeping dune panoramas await you.

A national park pass is required for entry to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Empire Bluff Trail

Wilco Rd, Empire, MI 49630

The Empire Bluff hiking trail is probably my favorite hike, especially at sunset.

It’s an out-and-back 1.5-mile hike that starts with a climb and then takes you over a rolling, wooded pathway. Once you reach the Lake Michigan overlook, there’s a boardwalk with great photo ops all around.

Empire Bluff Trail at Sunset in the Fall

Dune Climb or Starry Dark Park

6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Visit the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb – open 24 hours a day – for a one-of-a-kind experience.

During the day, climb the dune, run down as fast as you can, and then do it again.

sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore dune climb

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

M-109, Empire, MI, 49630

This 7-mile scenic driving route takes you to spectacular overlooks of Lake Michigan, Glen Lake, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Two picnic areas are also on the route. Get a brochure at the entrance to the drive and be sure to stop at #9, the Lake Michigan Overlook (photo below).

And yes, you can bike the route if you’re looking for outdoor adventure!



2) Discover Incredible Restaurants – TC is a Foodie’s Delight!

Looking for an excuse to hunt down delicious eats and fun activities? Here’s your invitation!

Head to Traverse City to explore the growing number of restaurants popping up all over the Cherry Capital and taste your way through the city.

Here are some of the greats in the Traverse City restaurant scene that we hope you get to try:

The Good Bowl 

328 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

If you’re looking for something warm and satisfying, The Good Bowl, a Traverse City restaurant focused on Vietnamese cuisine, is the perfect solution.  

The Good Bowl – Vietnamese Dumplings & Saigon Mules

Mama Lu’s Taco Shop

149 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49684

This is the spot for guac in Traverse City.

And the word is out about Mama Lu’s. Arrive early to get a table or be ready to wait a bit.

Once you’re seated, fill your table with tacos (Pescado and Beef), guacamole & the deliciously salty tortilla chips, and finally, the infamous Street Corn.

Once home, you’ll be dreaming of this meal for months to come.

Street Corn at Mama Lu’s Taco Shop


229 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI, 49684

Amical is a classy place for date night.

If you’re looking for a dinner that lends itself to lingering, make reservations here, especially for their monthly Cookbook Dinner series. 

One thing that I crave when it comes to an amazing date night experience? Ambiance. Give me the linen tablecloths, candles, quiet conversation…I want it all.

And count on Amical to deliver a beautiful, warm space to relax. And cook up unique dishes, like Jerusalem Artichoke soup and Miso-Marinated Hanger Steak, from the NOPI Middle Eastern cookbook, to take you on a fun culinary adventure.

Amical Traverse City

Low Bar

128 S. Union St. Traverse City, MI 49684

The Low Bar is where I want to be every Friday night. And if you’re in town for a romantic escape or a girlfriend’s getaway, we think you’ll want to be there, too.

A speakeasy under 7 Monks Taproom, the Low Bar is a swanky place to cap off your evening. We loved sitting in one of the small, intimate seating areas they have scattered all over the Low Bar.

The extensive menu had my Bourbon-loving husband doing a happy dance. And I was thankful for our bartender who made narrowing down my choices easier. I’ll be back for the upscale vibes and the Cerberus cocktail soon.

Sleder’s Family Tavern

717 Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Sleder’s is the oldest restaurant in Michigan! Opened in 1882, Sleder’s has been serving up family food for generations.

This is where you go when you want a great burger. Big portions all around ensure that no one leaves hungry. Count on down-to-earth friendly service that you’d expect from a place like this.

Sleders Family Tavern Traverse City

3) Squeeze in Late Season Snow Fun

Snow is often still king in Traverse City in spring. It’s a great opportunity to get a few more thrills out of winter.

There’s also a good chance you’ll find snow at the ski resorts.

One of the most favorite snow activities in Traverse City, though, is snow tubing.

Snow Tubing at Timberlee Hills

10484 S Timberlee Dr Traverse City, MI 49684

Sign up for daytime snow tubing spots or get energized at one of their special nighttime glow tubing events!

Timberlee Hills Snow Tubing
Timberlee Hills Snow Tubing Glow Tubing Traverse City Michigan
Glow Snow Tubing at Timberlee Hills

Snow Tubing at Mt. Holiday

3100 Holiday Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

Another snow tubing location local to Traverse City is Mt. Holiday.

It’s a great place for kids to learn to ski and snowboard and go snow tubing as well.

You don’t need special equipment to go snow tubing. Just dress for the weather and it’s something almost everyone can enjoy.

Traverse City Mt Holiday Tubing
Snow tubing at Mt Holiday

4) Book a Hotel With a Pool or Hot Tub

If you’re traveling with kids for a Traverse City spring getaway, make sure to book a hotel with a pool.

If you’re an adult group, check out the hot tub situation.

Cherry Tree Inn

2345 US 31 N, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

I loved the Cherry Tree Inn’s pool – it’s right next to the hot tub, so I could leisurely unwind while keeping one eye on the kids. We brought our youngest’s life jacket along and that gave even more peace of mind.

The Cherry Tree Inn was great for our family, not just because of the pool, but because it had enough room for us to relax and unwind.

Rooms at the Cherry Tree Inn were spacious enough for all five of us; we could get a studio room with two queen beds and add a roll-away bed without any difficulty.

There’s a nice little waiting room in the lobby area with a fireplace and a wonderful selection of coffee and tea available all day long, as well.

Cherry Tree Inn Traverse City Pool

Great Wolf Lodge

3575 N U.S. 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684

Great Wolf Lodge is the only Michigan Hotel Waterpark in Traverse City.

It’s a fantastic place to stay if you have kids along and are looking for a family spring break getaway.

Bonus: Kids of all ages love trying to master the MagiQuest game here.

Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City Waterpark hotel

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610

Stay at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with or without kids. Kids will enjoy the water play areas. Adults will savor the outdoor, adults-only hot tub.

The resort has a variety of rooms, suites, and condos available, plus onsite restaurants and shopping.


Crystal Mountain Resort

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683

Choose to stay at Crystal Mountain in the late spring for skiing, friendly staff, a variety of activities, spacious accommodations, and amenities that provide what your family needs to relax and have fun together.

Outdoor Hot Tub at Crystal Mountain Resort

5) Find Indoor Fun

Any parent knows things don’t always go as planned.

Once you have your hotel in place, craft a loose agenda and then go with the flow. Traverse City is such a fun place to explore and discover it’s hard to go wrong.

Here are a few more places that are fun for families in Traverse City:

Indoor entertainment is also on tap at the COGnition Discovery Center where little kids get hands-on at this fun museum.

Older kids will have a blast trying to conquer the Grand Traverse Resort’s multi-chamber Pharoah’s Revenge Escape Room.

  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum. Small, but good for the little ones.
  • Incredible Moe’s. Large entertainment center with restaurant, bowling, bocce, arcade, laser tag, kid zone and more.
  • Lucky Jack’s. Family entertainment center that offers bowling, laser tag, arcade, and a full restaurant with a bar and grill.
  • Ice Skating. For just a few dollars, rents skates and have fun!

Have you spent spring break in Traverse City? What were your favorite things to do?

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