Traverse City Attractions: Northern Michigan Father's Day 2012

Traverse City Attractions: This Sunday is Father's Day, but here in Traverse City the entire weekend is a celebration. From a festival devoted entirely to ice cream to a hot air balloon ride over the bay, we've got some great ideas for making the most out of your Northern Michigan weekend.

The 23rd Annual Parade of Homes
June 16-24, 2012

For the 23rd year in a row the Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area welcomes the Northern Michigan community into some of area's most beautiful homes. The week long tour includes 15 new homes, and tickets are $12 at the event venues, or available in advance for $10 at various Northern Michigan establishments.

TBA Credit Union Branches Oleson’s Food Stores
Floor Covering Brokers
Pure Water Works
Twin Bay Glass
TC Convention & Visitors Bureau
Traverse Area Association of Realtors
McCardel Culligan
Van Drie Home Furnishings
Benzie County Visitors Center
Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce HBAGTA office, located at 3040 Sunset Lane in Traverse City

HBAGTA is a professional trade association representing Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Over the years, they have donated over $260,000 to local non profit organization- funds raised primarily through the Parade of Homes .

To purchase ticket vouchers online, and for more information about the Parade of Homes or HBAGTA, visit

Traverse City Scoop Festival
June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
F&M Park

Doing good never tasted so sweet! Take the family to the TC Scoop Festival at F&M Park, a benefit for Big Brothers/Big Sisters featuring ice cream and food from Moomers, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Maui Wow Coffee and Smoothies, Jimmy Johns, and House of Dogs. The event kicks off with a fly-over by the U.S. Coast Guard, and make sure you stick around to see the hundred pound smoothie.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, $20 for a family of 5 and $5 per adult. Kids under 8 receive free admission!
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Take a Hot Air Balloon Tour

See the Grand Traverse Bay Area from a whole new angle. Rent a 7-story tall, multi-colored hot air balloon from Grand Traverse Balloon for an hour tour of the Traverse City skies. An FAA certified pilot will take you and your family through the Grand Traverse Area, before landing to enjoy the traditional post-voyage champagne celebration. Along with a helmet, long pants and closed toed shoes, we recommend that you bring a long a camera to capture a view that you won't find anywhere else.

For more information, call 231.947.7433 or visit thier website!

Father's Day Activities

Still need some ideas for this weekend's itinerary? Check out our list of ten Northern Michigan activities you and your Dad will love, ranging from the relaxing to the exhilarating. Read the article here!

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