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Things to do in Leelanau County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Hiking, picnicking, swimming, Take water bottle, it can be very warm during the summer, cold during winter month. Beautiful!”
  • 104 locals recommend
National Park
“Most popular destination in the Leelanau Peninsula with mountainous dune climbs and scenic hiking trails. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tiny eatery & ice cream shop serving delicious, fresh breakfast & lunch. The biscuits & gravy and house made cured salmon are DEFINITELY worth the wait.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Mission Point Lighthouse has been a Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula icon for decades. Located at the north end of a picturesque drive along M-37 through cherry orchards and vineyards, Mission Point Lighthouse stands as a classic piece of Michigan history. While it no longer guides mariners through West Grand Traverse Bay as it did from September 10, 1870 until it was decommissioned in 1933, Mission Point Lighthouse now offers visitors a peek into what life was like around the turn of the century for lighthouse keepers and for others who lived and worked in the area at the time.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“A four-seasons microbrewery and beer garden with on-site hop garden, patio and tasting room. In the summer they have outdoor seating and live music and in the winter they have fire pits and heated igloos to sit in. By the way, their tacos and nachos are to die for!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A bar and a restaurant with beer and wine from in house as well as fantastic food. We love the perch. It is a lovely drive up Old Mission Peninsula too!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Winery
“Chateau Chantal has one of the best views of any winery on Old Mission Peninsula, as well as amazing wine and fine dining.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“A locally owned and operated cozy pub in the heart of Glen Arbor that features American bar food & beer along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Known for their burgers, tater tots, and great service. Make sure to try one of the local beers from Short's Brewing Company. It is cash only - ATM located at the shop next door. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern has delicious food and a great calm atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to unwind and have dinner or a cocktail.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“You can't visit Fishtown without grabbing a sandwich from the Village Cheese Shanty. Call ahead and order if you can because lines can get crazy in the summer. Cash only. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Come to the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and explore the historic Lighthouse. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Winery
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“If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or you just love wine; then you’ll have to check out this local favorite! You won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Located on the water, with a stunning view of Grand Traverse Bay, the Apache Trout Grill is still one of the best restaurants in Traverse City”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy the park above with grills, a playground and bathrooms. Follow the stairs to the bottom and find a rock hunters paradise. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Just a few short miles from Shady Lane Cellars is L. Mawby Vineyards where the view is great, but the bubbly is phenomenal! Side Note: L. Mawby’s “Sex” is their most popular bubbly and it is all around town! If you are someone who enjoys champagne, almost every restaurant in the Traverse City area has it as an option!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“European cafe & bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All dishes are made from scratch with emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients. Martha even hosts culinary excursions to Europe! A must visit in Leelanau County. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Tiny eatery & ice cream shop serving delicious, fresh breakfast & lunch. The biscuits & gravy and house made cured salmon are DEFINITELY worth the wait.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“A four-seasons microbrewery and beer garden with on-site hop garden, patio and tasting room. In the summer they have outdoor seating and live music and in the winter they have fire pits and heated igloos to sit in. By the way, their tacos and nachos are to die for!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
“A bar and a restaurant with beer and wine from in house as well as fantastic food. We love the perch. It is a lovely drive up Old Mission Peninsula too!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“A locally owned and operated cozy pub in the heart of Glen Arbor that features American bar food & beer along with an outdoor patio for people-watching. Known for their burgers, tater tots, and great service. Make sure to try one of the local beers from Short's Brewing Company. It is cash only - ATM located at the shop next door. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“You can't visit Fishtown without grabbing a sandwich from the Village Cheese Shanty. Call ahead and order if you can because lines can get crazy in the summer. Cash only. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Winery
“If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or you just love wine; then you’ll have to check out this local favorite! You won’t be disappointed. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Located on the water, with a stunning view of Grand Traverse Bay, the Apache Trout Grill is still one of the best restaurants in Traverse City”
  • 25 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“European cafe & bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All dishes are made from scratch with emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients. Martha even hosts culinary excursions to Europe! A must visit in Leelanau County. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

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