What to Do in Traverse City on a Rainy Day

February 13, 2023

what to do in traverse city on a rainy day

If the weather isn't cooperating during your Northern Michigan vacation, don't worry. Traverse City has plenty of options for you and your family to have a good time no matter the weather. Here are our top five things to do in traverse city on a rainy day:

1. Watch a movie at The State Theatre (right downtown)

This is a fun, family-friendly option that's sure to keep your little ones happy. The theatre has a great selection of movies, including classics and new releases.

2. Drink some cider at Taproot Cider House

A Traverse City staple, Taproot is known for its unique apple and pear ciders as well as their delicious farm-to-table food. You can find a variety of ciders, along with their own take on traditional favorites like the Root Salad and Loaded Mac N Cheese.

3. Tour A Tall Ship

One of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon is by taking a sail on a schooner in Traverse City. During summer sailing season, families can jump aboard these replica 1800s-era coasting cargo schooners for a fun-filled cruise on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay.

4. Play at Incredible Mo's or Lucky Jack's Bowling Center

A trip to TC wouldn't be complete without an adventure at one of these two fun, family-friendly bowling centers. Both locations feature a range of bowling lanes, laser tag, arcades, and even an Egyptian escape room to keep your little ones entertained.

5. Shop at West Bay Handmade

This cutesy shop, located across from Clinch Park, has a great selection of local art and handmade home goods. The shop is run by a family who loves to promote local artists and makers.


Tornado Dave is the best place to learn more about severe weather and climate science. He's a veritable tornado of information, and he loves nothing more than educating others about the importance of being prepared for extreme weather events. Make sure to check in with Tornado Dave often, as he's always updating his blog with the latest news and information!
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