Get on the Water Nauticat
A sunset cruise aboard this catamaran tour boat is by far one of the most memorable ways to experience the bay. Four cruises daily; or rent the whole boat for you and up to 45 of your closest friends. Cash bar and bathroom on board. 231.947.1730, NAuTI-cAT.cOM. Get Nauticat ticekts at MyNorthTickets.com.
Float up to 80 feet above Grand Traverse Bay for a seagull’s view of one of the biggest, cleanest, freshwater bays on earth. Try East Bay Parasail (EAsTBAyPARAsAIL.cOM) or Traverse Bay Parasail (TBPARAsAIL.cOM) for solo and tandem flights.
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If you love speed and don’t want to miss an inch of Grand Traverse Bay’s 300 square miles, a powerboat is a must. Sail & Power Boat Rental has ski boats, pontoons and jet skis—plus all the kneeboarding, tubing and waterskiing paraphernalia you’ll need for a perfect afternoon. 231.922.9336, THEBOATRENTAL.cOM.
A sailboat is still one of the most nostalgic and romantic ways to experience the water. Bay Breeze Charters has a fleet of more than 20 yachts you can rent. Not a captain? You can hire one there too. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 231.941.0535, BByc.cOM.
Tall Ship Manitou
This 114-foot-long, 1800s-replica schooner seems to have cruised straight out of a Great Lakes history book. The deck beneath your feet, the sails billowed above: unforgettable.
Choose from three daily tours (noon, afternoon and the popular evening cruise), each two hours long. 231.941.2000, TALLsHIPsAILING.cOM.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Paddling the shoreline of Traverse Bay is a summer classic. But if you’re up for something new, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding: a hot sport that’s akin to surfing on still water. Whatever your paddling pleasure, The River at Clinch Park can connect you with rentals by the hour or day. 231.883.7890, THERIvERTRAvERsEcITy.cOM.
Charter Fishing on Grand Traverse Bay
For the outdoorsman, there are few thrills like chasing game fish on the Great Lakes. Traverse City offers options right at the docks, with the bonus that fishing amid the protection of Grand Traverse Bay offers more assurance of smooth waters. With nearly 300 square miles, a depth of 600 feet, and an abundance of lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and salmon, the bay offers fisherman all the species of desire. Charter fishing need-to-know: All bait and tackle are usually provided; a typical half-day trip runs about four hours; and anyone over 17 who plans to fish will need a valid Michigan fishing license (day licenses run about $10). Three charters to try in TC: Big Kahuna (BIGkAHuNAcHARTER.cOM), Daydreamer (FIsHDAyDREAMER.cOM), and Reel Fun (REELFuNFIsHINGcHARTERs.cOM).
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Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.