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We hear it all the time: “I had no idea you offered so many things."

Golf, gaming, hiking, biking, and tennis. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Tall Ship excursions and catamaran cruises. Wine tours, orchards, port towns, and festivals. Fall color tours and snow sports galore. There’s something for everyone.


Watersport Rentals at Blue Sky RentalsFamily Paddleboarding

Head down to our private beach (located across US 31 along East Grand Traverse Bay) and rent paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, and more. Blue Sky Rentals is our watersport provider with tons of water fun options, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am-dusk.




Turtle Creek Casino

Visible from the Grand Traverse Resort Tower, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel provides year round excitement and fun.

Turtle Creek CasinoOwned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Vegas-style casino has all the latest slots in all the denominations you want most. With Turtle Creek’s signature table action, you’ve got twice the winning potential and twice the fun. You’ll find everything you want for a grand time on the 56,000-square-foot gaming floor with more than 40 game tables and 1,300 slots. The gaming floor features two blackjack tables, 42 high-limit slot machines, numerous LCD flat-panel televisions, and a private cashier.

Shuttles to Turtle Creek Casino from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are available. Contact 231-534-6431

Leelanau Sands Casino

Turtle Creek's sister property, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, is located 25 miles northwest of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.


The Pit Spitters are a minor league baseball team from Traverse City, Michigan with the best mascot in the business, Monty! The Pit Spitters are part of the Northwoods League and are currently the defending league champions. A collegiate wooden bat baseball team, Pit Spitters games are a great place to go for fun all summer long.

For tickets and scheduling, click here.


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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect summertime Northern Michigan family destination. With tons of on-site activities to keep the family busy and even more adventures just outside our doors, it won’t be hard to keep the family entertained.

Read on to learn about some of the things to do at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and in the surrounding area in the summer.


We do much more than golf and tennis! Check our events calendar to see if we have upcoming kid-friendly events—these include movie nights, scavenger hunts, and more!

  • The Den
    Traverse City’s brand-new entertainment hub is located right inside Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s main lobby! Get the family together for virtual reality, arcade games, and more!

  • Rent a Kayak or SUP (stand-up paddleboard)
    The team at Blue Sky Rentals is happy to outfit your family with SUPs or kayaks for a paddle along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

  • Indoor Water Park
    Head to our indoor water park to relax with the family while the kids have a blast on water features and slides.

  • Golf Lessons
    The Resort offers golf lessons for all ages at our Golf Academy. Our golf pros tailor each lesson for a fun few hours out on the green!


Traverse City is so kid-friendly we don’t have enough room to write about all the things to do. Below are just a few to keep you and the little ones busy outside of the Resort:

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    You can’t visit the Traverse City area without heading to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Pick up a park pass (required for entry) at the base of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive before heading out on a scenic drive with the multiple pullouts and picnic areas along the way. Once you’re done, head to the dune climb for some fun in the sand, and end it with a dip in Lake Michigan at Glen Haven, which is just up the road.
  • Berry Picking
    Berry picking is a fun way to get everyone outside and fill your bellies. Traverse City has many U-pick options, from cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and even exotic Canadian Saskatoons.
  • Movies
    Grab a flick at the historic State Theatre with the kids in downtown Traverse City during their 25-cent matinees. This is a perfect activity when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum
    Just off downtown Traverse City, this fun children’s museum has fun science-based exhibits and features daily nature programs, activities, events, and more.
  • Butterfly House
    Just up the road from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is an indoor garden filled with butterfly’s, flowers and more. Be sure to check out the Bug Zoo and frog exhibit, too!
  • The Music House Museum
    Listen to the sounds and history of Northern Michigan at The Music House Museum. This museum has a unique collection of instruments which provide guests a walk through the history and beauty of music in this area.
  • Busy Bodies Bounce Town
    If the weather isn’t cooperating, then head to this indoor playground filled with toys, games, bounce castles and more!


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for your family’s next vacation up north. With kid-friendly activities inside and outside our doors, there’s something fun for everyone. Book a room online or give us a call at 800-236-1577 to make a reservation.

Spring Break Packages

Spring Break Packages

Unwind with us this spring and stay with us on our one or two-night spring break packages. Click below to book your getaway.

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Winter Golf

Head to the Clubhouse all season long and practice your swing game on our TrackMan simulators. Click below to learn more.

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Traverse City Restaurant Week

Traverse City Restaurant Week

Join us in Aerie Restaurant & Lounge for Traverse City Restaurant Week February 25 - March 2. Click below to learn more and book your table.

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Barefoot Podcast

The official lifestyle podcast of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

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Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel offers the perfect Northern Michigan getaway

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Leelanau Sands

A 25-mile drive along the scenic M-22 on West Grand Traverse Bay, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is the entertainment hub of Leelanau County

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