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Some holidays seem to sneak up on us out of nowhere, giving us little time to prepare. Father’s Day can occasionally fall into that grouping, resulting in a quick dinner for your dad. This year, skip out on the quick and uneventful plans and instead book a wonderful vacation getaway for you and your dad. Father’s Day will be here before we know it, so timing is of the essence. There is no place more exciting for Father’s Day than Traverse City. You will find that Michigan is full of sunshine and exciting activities right here in June. Take a look at our Father’s Day guide to Traverse City, MI.

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Father’s Day Guide to Traverse City, MI

If your father or dad to be is an art fan they will want to make sure a visit to the Grand Traverse Bay Father’s Day Art & Craft Show is on the itinerary. This is the annual art show available each year located at the Civic Center. A variety of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand so you can show dad something cool or pick up a last-minute Father’s Day gift. Some items that dad may like include whiskey barrels cut down into the shape of wooden guitars and unique metal work. Regardless of what kind of art he is into there is sure to be something here that speaks to him. The 2024 Grand Traverse Bay Father’s Day Art & Craft Show at Civic Center will take place on June 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Admission is always free for this event.

Sail the Grand Traverse Bay

There is nothing more exciting for your father to do here in Traverse City than to take a sailing journey upon the waters of the Grand Traverse Bay. You will find the water is always a bright blue and the sun is shining here in June. You will find plenty of wind sailing charters available to book in the area but none are as fun as The Wind Dancer Experience. Their day sailing experience is 2.5 hours out on the water as you get to help sail or unwind and enjoy the view. This fully immersive experience is perfect for friends and family to join in on the fun as there is plenty of room on the 63-foot schooner. The experience starts by helping the captain hoist the sails and let you sit at the helm to prepare for the journey. The captain and crew of The Wild Dancer will provide a history of the Grand Traverse Bay and help you relax by offering a variety of food and drink. The Food, Wine, & Cocktails Tour is perfect for the adults to hit the water and be worry free. Book your experience today to truly enjoy the Grand Traverse Bay.

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

If your dad is an outdoorsy kind of guy, head on over to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is one of the country’s most beautiful national parks and is close to Traverse City. As the name implies it is a stretch of national lakeshore that offers sandy beaches and winding hiking trails. There are plenty of flora and fauna that live on the lakeshore while high dunes provide incredible views of the lake. Stop by the island lighthouse for a look into the rich history of the lake. If you prefer to just unwind instead of hiking around you can always take a drive on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive that takes you through both the dune and forest areas. If your dad is a national parks lover, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Hit the Breweries

Don’t stop at just the outdoor activities when you stop here in Traverse City. Take your dad out for a guy’s night out at the breweries. Traverse City has plenty of local craft breweries to stop at for a quick pint or tasting flight. Local favorites in the area include Silver Spruce Brewing Company, Right Brain Brewery, and Fresh Coast Beer Works. Each spot creates their own handcrafted beers with a variety of styles available. Order up your classic go-to options such as IPAs, lagers, wheat ales, and more, or try out seasonal favorites that are perfect for a crisp summer day on Father’s Day.

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Get Ready for Father’s Day in Traverse City

The fun never ends here in Traverse City making it the ideal spot for your next Father’s Day adventure. Contact us to book one of our vacation home rentals here in the area to find the most comfortable stay in town. Dad will how much you care when you treat him to a trip here!