Clinch Park: Clinch Park’s prime location just off downtown’s main drag makes it one of the area’s busiest beaches. But with 1,500 feet of sandy shoreline, you won’t have to jockey for real estate—even during peak season. Look for a top-tobottom reno of amenities and facilities this summer. Cross busy Grandview Parkway via the pedestrian tunnel on Cass Street. Bryant Park: If you’ve got the family in tow, the beach at Bryant Park is a top pick, with a playground, picnic tables, charcoal grills and shallow water for young swimmers. For the sun-cautious, Bryant’s tall pines cast cool shade for book reading and watching the kids. Located at the base of Old Mission Peninsula where Garfield Avenue meets Peninsula Drive.
Long Lake Township Park: If
the beaches on Grand Traverse Bay are packed, this park west of town might give you a more secluded swim. Long Lake is one of the area’s most lovely inland lakes, and because it’s quicker to warm up than the bay, it’s a good bet for early-
season swimming. Grab all the makings of a picnic lunch just across the street at Long Lake Grocery. Located 10 minutes west of TC on North Long Lake Road.
rooms. Enter just south of the intersection of U.S. 31 North and M-72.
Arbutus Lake Beach: Don’t let the
hideout away from main roads, the beach at East Bay Park is the in-town place for a quiet afternoon at the beach. Enjoy picnic tables, restrooms, and water so shallow many locals park their lawn chairs right in the water. Great views of the tree-lined hills that line the eastern shore of Grand Traverse Bay. Located where East Front Street meets the water on East Bay.
glory of Lake Michigan become an excuse for not exploring some of the region’s inland lake systems. One of the best? Sprawling Arbutus Lake, about 10 miles southeast of Traverse City. The public beach at the north end isn’t huge, but neither are the crowds, and the little brook that empties into the lake will fascinate the kids for hours. Superb picnic area, fun fishing, and a campground nearby if you decide to stay awhile.
Bayside Park: Credit the residents
Interlochen State Park: One park,
East Bay Park: A true locals-only
of Acme for giving the region one of its most natural urban beaches. Back in 2006, locals envisioned opening up a mile-long stretch of beach on East Bay, where natural beach grasses and humans could enjoy the sand in harmony. Last summer, the newly expanded Bayside Park finally opened to the public, with amenities like picnic tables, basketball and shuffleboard courts, and public rest-
two lakes: located on an isthmus that runs between Green Lake and Duck Lake, Interlochen State Park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic areas and a campground. Plus you’ll be treading on hallowed ground: Interlochen State Park was Michigan’s first state park—christened in 1917 to preserve one of the state’s last virgin pine stands. 4167 M-37, Interlochen, 231.276.9511. MyNorth 2013 Vacation! 5