Summer Activities at Grand Traverse Resort
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.
On Property Summer Activities
Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School
Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools combine Northwoods beauty and classic elegance at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. After matching the hatch on Michigan’s famed Manistee or Boardman Rivers, you can choose to relax at the beach, play some golf or tennis, or explore the beautiful sand beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is home to Orvis two-day fly fishing schools which include wading the Boardman River where the Adams fly was invented. Miles of streams are available after class, or take in the sun on the Resort’s private Lake Michigan beachfront.
Schools utilize private trout ponds and classrooms, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River only a few minutes away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. From knots to entomology, casting to tackle, the instructors at Orvis Michigan will fully prepare you to step into the stream. Learn more
Watersport rentals at Blue Sky Rentals
Head down to the Beach Club and rent paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, and more. Blue Sky Rentals is our watersport provider with tons of water fun options.
The newest addition to the Blue Sky Rental family is the Polaris Slingshot! They offer two different styles that can be rented for varying lengths of time. Whether you are looking for a fall drive to see the amazing colors of Northern Michigan or to enjoy the summer breeze while cruising around the bay, the Slingshot will meet all of your needs.
Off Property Activities
Visible from the Grand Traverse Resort Tower, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel provides year round excitement and fun.
Owned 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
Turtle Creek's sister property, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, is located 25 miles northwest of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
25¢ Saturday Kids Matinee Downtown
Share the magic of the movie palace experience with the children in your life at prices everyone can afford! Every Saturday at 10 a.m., the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City shows the latest animated and live-action sensations for only 25¢ per child!
For current movie listings, click here.
Some amenities are not available due to COVID-19. Click here for the latest information.
For groups looking to build greater camaraderie in a fun and relaxing way, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa can also help organize teambuilding events and activities such as on-site fitness programs, 5K runs, yoga on the beach, and other strategically-designed games, challenges, and adventures.
Our on-site amenities include:
- 900 acres of Northern Michigan landscape
- 86,500 square feet of versatile meeting space
- 7,000-square-foot Spa Grand Traverse
- Nearly 600 guest rooms and condominiums
- Five restaurants and lounges, including Aerie Restaurant & Lounge on the 16th floor
- Gallery of Shops
- Three championship golf courses including The Bear by Jack Nicklaus, The Wolverine by Gary Player and Spruce Run by William Newcomb
- Four indoor/outdoor pools and several indoor/outdoor hot tubs
- Indoor Water Playground
- 100,000-square-foot Health Club with five indoor tennis courts
- Nearby Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Leelanau Sands Casino
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