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Northern Michigan Vacations: Looking for a secluded spot on a calm inland lake? A popular downtown hangout close to picnic provisions? Shallow water and kid-friendly play areas? Traverse City has it all. Bring a book, stroll along the shore, or start a pick-up game of beach volleyball at these favorite Traverse City beaches.
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-to-bottom reno of amenities and facilities this summer. Cross busy Grandview Parkway via the pedestrian tunnel on Cass Street.
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.