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Alcona County

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

(231) 732-2647

Otsego County Parks & Recreation (Community Playgroup)

(989) 732-6521

Otsego County Sportsplex

(989) 731-3546

Antrim County

Head Start

(231) 587-0421

Health Dept. of NW Michigan

(231) 533-6255

Alden District Library

(231) 331-4318

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Bellaire District Library

(231) 533-8814

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Central Lake District Library

(231) 544-2517

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Elk Rapids District Library

(231) 264-9979

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Mancelona Township Library

(231) 587-9451

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Way to Grow (Elk Rapids Schools)

9039 Old State Hwy 72, Williamsburg MI 49690

(231) 649-9898   |  (231) 264-8289 Ext:4153

For families with children birth to age 5. Play groups at both Lakeland and Mill Creek Elementary provide opportunities for parents to connect with each other, children to socialize and play and information to be shared. Home visits are also available and include fun, interactive ways to learn about your child's development and growth. Please note that if Elk Rapids Public schools are closed Way to Grow activities will also be cancelled. All Way to Grow programs are FREE!

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Ringler Road Park/Elk Lake

(231) 392-2389

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William K Good Day Park

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Palmer Park

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Railroad Park

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Raven Hill Discovery Center

(231) 536-3369

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Richardi Park

(231) 533-8213

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Lake Bellaire Public Access - Cottage Dr

(231) 533-8213

Mancelona Early Childhood Programs

(231) 587-9021

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Mancelona Elementary School

(231) 587-8661

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Milton Township Park - Cairn/Indian

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John R Rodger Elementary

(231) 533-8916

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Jordan River Fish Hatchery

(231) 584-2461

Jordan Valley Pathway

(989) 732-3541

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Ellsworth Public School

(231) 588-2544

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Ellsworth River Park

Forest Home Township Park

(231) 533-8213

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Grass River Natural Area

(231) 533-8596

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Eastport Torch Lake Access Site

Cherryland Middle School

(231) 264-8991

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Chestonia Township Ball Diamond

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Concord Academy

(231) 584-2080

Elk Rapids Dam Fishing Park

(231) 392-2389

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Elk Rapids Day Park

(231) 392-2389

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Elk Rapids Memorial Park

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Ellsworth Community School

(231) 584-2080

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Ellsworth Park

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Central Lake Elementary

(231) 544-3141

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Alba Public School

(231) 584-2000

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Barnes Park and Campground

(231) 599-2712

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Wetzel Lake Park

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Thurston Park

(231) 544-6854   |  (231) 544-6483

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Torch Bay Nature Preserve

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Benzie County

5toOne

(231) 922-6437

5toOne is an innovative project of the Great Start Collaborative that brings together families and local partners to ensure that all children reach their highest potential.

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Benzie/Leelanau Health Department

(231) 882-2115

Benzie Shores Library

630 Main St., Frankfort MI 49635

(231) 352-4671

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Benzonia Public Library

891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia MI 49616

(231) 882-4111

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Darcy Memorial Library of Beulah

7228 Commercial St., Beulah MI 49617

(231) 883-4037

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Story Hour at Benzie Shores Library

630 Main St., Frankfort MI 49635

(231) 352-4671

Story hour with songs, puppets, and crafts. Times vary, check schedule.

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Park at Water’s Edge

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville MI 49683

(800) 967-7686

Pool with pipe falls, crawl tub, water cannon and slide, and children’s activities. Daily admission and memberships available.

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Peterson Beach

Within the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore National Park

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Platte River Elementary School

11434 Main St., Honor MI 49640

(231) 325-3063

Platte River Point

Within the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore National Park

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Platte River State Fish Hatchery

15210 US Hwy. 31, Beulah MI 49617

(231) 325-4611

Visit the hatchery from mid-September to late October to see salmon in the weir harvest facility and egg-take station.

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Lost Lake Pathway

US-31 & Wildwood Road, Interlochen MI 49643

(231) 922-5280

Part of Pere Marquette State Forest. 6 mi of flat hiking and biking trails.

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Michigan Legacy Art Park

12500 Crystal Mtn Dr., Thompsonville MI 49683

35 works of Michigan art line 1.6 miles of trails that loop through a serene densely wooded forest. (Not stroller friendly)

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Inland Township Park

Lake Ann Rd., Interlochen MI 49643

(231) 275-6568

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Lake Ann Pathway

Starting at Lake Ann State Forest Campground Almira & Reynolds Rd., Lake Ann MI 49650

(231) 922-5280

5.8 miles of hiking trail starting at Lake Ann State Forest Campground

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Esch Road Beach

Esch Rd., Honor MI 49640

Beach is at the end of Esch Road. Also known as Otter Creek Beach. Unpaved parking.

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Frankfort Beach

End of Main St. downtown, Frankfort MI 49635

Frankfort/Elberta Elementary School

613 Leelanau St., Frankfort MI 49635

(231) 352-7601

Crystal Lake Elementary School

7048 Severance, Benzonia MI 49616

(231) 882-4641

Elberta’s Waterfront Park

Furnace Ave., Elberta MI 49625

Elberta’s Waterfront Park

Furnace Ave., Elberta MI 49625

Betsie Valley Elementary School

17936 Cadillac Highway, Thompsonville MI 49683

(231) 378-4164

Betsie Valley Trail

(231) 882-9605

22 miles of hiking and biking trail from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville. Trail map available at the website or call.

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Beulah Beach Park

Downtown Beulah on Crystal Lake, Beulah MI 49617

Beulah Beach Park

Downtown Beulah on Crystal Lake, Beulah MI 49617

Almira Historical Society

19440 Maple St., Almira MI 49650

(231) 275-7362

Blacksmith shop, 2 historic homes, boat house, equipped fire barn.

Betsie River Pathway

Starts 6 miles W of Thompsonville via M-115, King Road & Longstreet Road, Thompsonville MI 49683

(231) 922-5280

10 miles of hiking and biking trail. Part of Pere Marquette State Forest.

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Charlevoix County

Munson Medical Center

(231) 935-9180

Charlevoix County Women's Resource Center

(231) 347-0067

Crawford County

Crawford County Playgroup

(989) 275-9537

Grand Traverse County

5toOne

(231) 922-6437

5toOne is an innovative project of the Great Start Collaborative that brings together families and local partners to ensure that all children reach their highest potential.

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Kingsley Branch Library

213 Brownson, Kingsley MI 49649

(231) 263-5484

Wigglers Story Time. Call for schedule.

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Peninsula Community Library

(231) 223-7700

Little Amigos Spanish Story Hour. Call for times.

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Playgroup at Salvation Army

(231) 946-4644

Mothers and preschoolers invited to play and socialize weekly.

Traverse Area District Library - Main Branch

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 932-8500

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Boardman River Nature Center

1450 Cass Rd., Traverse City MI 49684

(231) 941-4263

Peepers program includes indoor & outdoor activities for preschoolers age 3+.

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Cherub Tales

130 E. Tenth St., Traverse City MI 49684

(231) 946-5961

Faith filled story time and guests are invited to pay and stay for lunch in the Dining Hall.

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Way to Grow (Elk Rapids Schools)

9039 Old State Hwy 72, Williamsburg MI 49690

(231) 649-9898   |  (231) 264-8289 Ext:4153

For families with children birth to age 5. Play groups at both Lakeland and Mill Creek Elementary provide opportunities for parents to connect with each other, children to socialize and play and information to be shared. Home visits are also available and include fun, interactive ways to learn about your child's development and growth. Please note that if Elk Rapids Public schools are closed Way to Grow activities will also be cancelled. All Way to Grow programs are FREE!

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East Bay Branch Library

1989 Three Mile Rd., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-2085

Wigglers Story Time and special programs. Call for schedule.

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East Bay Branch Library

1989 Three Mile Rd., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-2085

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Fife Lake Public Library

77 Lakecrest Ln., Fife Lake MI 49633

(231) 879-4101

Tot-time. Call for schedule.

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Great Lakes Children’s Museum

13240 S West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City MI 49684

(231) 932-4526

Hosted activities free with museum admission.

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Interlochen Public Library

9700 Riley Rd., Interlochen MI 49643

(231) 276-6767

Pre-school Story Hour. Call for schedule.

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Sayler Park

Yuba Park Rd., Acme MI 49686

Whitewater Recreational Facility

5777 Vinton Rd., Williamsburg MI 49690

(231) 267-5141

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Whitewater Recreational Facility

9500 Park Road, Williamsburg MI 49690

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Woodland Creek Furniture

4290 N. US N Hwy. 31, Acme MI 49686

Old Mission Lighthouse Park

At the tip of Old Mission Peninsula on M-37, Old Mission MI

(231) 645-0759

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Picnic Area

N side of Keystone Pond, W of the Boardman Dam on Cass Rd.

(231) 941-0960

On the north side of Keystone Pond, just west of the Boardman Dam on Cass Road. There is a boat launch and parking area, and a short trail along the north side of the Pond.

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Pine Grove Park

922 Hemlock St., Traverse City MI 49686

Power Island

Accessible only by boat, this beach on West Grand Traverse Bay’s Power Island, off Bower’s Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula, feature picnic facilities, restrooms and hiking trails.

Pyatt Lake Natural Area

(231) 929-7911

Thousands of years ago, Pyatt Lake was part of Grand Traverse Bay. 20 minutes from Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula. Take Peninsula Dr. north approximately 10 miles. Just past Bowers Harbor Marina, turn left on Neahtawanta Rd. Follow Neahtawanta Rd. 1/2 mile to Pyatt Rd. Turn right on Pyatt Rd. The parking area is 1/4 mile down Pyatt Rd. Bring the bug spray in summer and a sled for tots in winter.

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Long Lake Township Park (Haywood Park)

Off Hwy 610 on Long Lake, Traverse City MI

(231) 946-2249

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Maple Bay Farm and Natural Area

(231) 929-7911

A short trail through hemlock forests will lead you to a day at the beach. During warm weather remember mosquito repellent for the walk. Approximately 5 miles north of Acme along US-31. The entrance to the Conservancy parcel and parking area is located approximately one mile north of Angel Road on the west side of US-31.  Drive the dirt road through the farmland, park and enter the foot trail through the gate.

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Maritime Heritage Alliance

(231) 946-2647

Dockside visits of traditional boats.

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Maurice E Haywood Township Park

8870 N Long Lake Rd., Traverse City MI 49685

Mayfield Pond Park

2200 Mill St., Kingsley MI 49646

Meadow Forest Trails

(231) 929-7911

A wonderful expanse of forest and meadow newly enhance with trails on Old Mission Peninsula. Enter on the meadow just past Homestead Ct parking lot.  Or enter the forest: from Peninsula Dr turn right on Homestead Ct, left on Homestead Ln, left on Mission Ridge Circle.

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Medalie Roadside Park

1910 W S Airport Rd., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-4818

A 15 acre park on the south side of Boardman Lake featuring a picnic shelter, restrooms, paved walking path, 3 overlooks/fishing platforms, and a canoe launch.

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Muncie Lake Pathway

13 mi SE of Traverse City via Garfield Rd., Hammond Rd., High Lake Rd., Supply Rd., and Rennie Lake Rd.

(231) 922-5280

11 miles of hiking and biking trail.

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GT Children’s Garden

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City MI 49686

Hannah Park

At the corner of Union and Sixth Sts., Traverse City MI

Haserot Beach

4064 Swaney Rd., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 223-7322

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Haserot Beach

4064 Swaney Rd., Traverse City MI 49686

Hickory Meadows

2000 Randolph St., Traverse City MI 49684

(231) 941-0960

Paths meander through meadows and upland forests to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and dog walking.

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Indian Woods Park

Indian Woods Dr. at Comanche St., Traverse City MI

Interlochen State Park

9375 Park Entrance, Interlochen MI 49643

Michigan State Park entrance fee required.

Keystone Park

Keystone and Birmley Rds., Traverse City MI

F&M Park

221 Cass St., Traverse City MI 49684

Gen’s Park

2263 US 31 North, Traverse City MI 49686

George and Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve

(231) 929-7911

A natural getaway right in the middle of Traverse City! There is a 1.7 mile loop trail and boardwalk around the preserve. From Munson Ave (US 31 N), turn south on Three Mile Rd. Turn right on Parsons Rd. (at the light) and park immediately on the left (next to the TART trail). The Reffitt Nature Preserve trail starts immediately south of the railroad tracks on the left (east) side of Three Mile Rd.

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Grace MacDonald Park

(Forest Lake Park), Traverse City MI 49696

Green Lake Township Memorial Park

5435 Karlin Rd., Interlochen MI 49643

Darrow Park

Monroe St at W Grandview Parkway, Traverse City MI

East Bay Park

Base of E Grand Traverse Bay, foot of Front St., Traverse City MI

(231) 922-4700

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Civic Center

1213 W Civic Center Dr., Traverse City MI 49686

Clancy Park

West Orchard Dr at Sheridan Dr., Traverse City MI

Clinch Park

E of Union St on Grandview Parkway, Traverse City MI

(231) 922-4700

Beach with lifeguard and splash pad playground. Changing rooms and bathrooms onsite. Food available for purchase.

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Blair Township Park

2121 County Rd. 633, Grawn MI 49637

Baseball fields, walking path, splash pad, playground and pavilion.

Boardman Lake Trail

148 E. Front St., #201, Traverse City MI

(231) 941-4300

2 mile paved wooded trail along the north and east side of Boardman Lake.  Access the trail from behind the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City or from Oryana Food Coop at 610 E 10th St.

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Boardman River Nature Center

1450 Cass Rd., Traverse City MI 49685

(231) 941-0960

The headquarters of the Natural Education Reserve along the Boardman River.  The Nature Center features an exhibit gallery, theater room, craft area for kids, and houses a weekly educational program for preschoolers called “Peepers”, as well as an environmental education program for homeschoolers age 5 to 12.  Step outside the nature center to enjoy the 7 miles of trails, boardwalks, bridges, canoe portage sites, boat launch and picnic area.

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Boon St Tot Lot (Arbutus Court Park)

939 Boon St, Traverse City MI

Bower’s Harbor Township Park

2740 Bowers Harbor Rd., Traverse City MI

Bowers Harbor Beach

15 mi N of Traverse City on Peninsula Dr., Traverse City MI

(231) 872-8377

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Brown Bridge Quiet Area

3408 Brown Bridge, Traverse City MI 49696

(231) 941-0960

The backwaters of the Brown Bridge Dam (built in 1921) form the Brown Bridge Quiet Area which features designated trails and boardwalks, fishing, no wake boating, and wildlife observation.

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Brownson Memorial Park

301 South Brownson Ave., Kingsley MI 49646

Bryant Park

1101 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-4700

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Bryant Park

1101 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City MI 49686

Acme Township Park

Four miles north of Acme off US-31 N, 12 mi E of Traverse City, Acme MI 49610

(231) 872-8377

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Arbutus Lake

30 minutes N of Traverse City off Garfield Rd.

(231) 872-8377

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Archie Park

M-37 Near Gray & Bluff Roads, Traverse City MI

Ashton Park

Entrance at South end of N Madison St., Traverse City MI

Bayside Park

On E Grand Traverse Bay off US-31 N, S of M-72 junction in Acme, Acme MI 49610

(231) 872-8377

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Silverlake Recreation Area

East Silver Lake Rd., Traverse City MI

Paved track surrounding a ball field and playground, also a forested trail system surrounding the developed recreation area.

Sunset Park

635 E Front St., Traverse City MI 49686

TART Trails, Inc.

148 E. Front St., #201, Traverse City MI

(231) 941-4300

Paved urban trail could be referred to as “the boardwalk”. It begins at Bates Rd in Acme and ends at M-22/M-72 intersection in west Traverse City.  Strollers, bikes, skates, and just plain feet travel this path to enjoy the lakeside.

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Village of Kingsley South Property

South end of Clark St., Kingsley MI 49646

West End Beach

Foot of Division St. on Grandview Parkway, Traverse City MI

(231) 922-4700

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Tony Gilroy Township Park

On US-31 in Acme on East Grand Traverse Bay, Acme MI 49610

Traverse Bay Area Public Library Playground

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City MI 49686

Traverse City Fish Weir

On Garland Street across the river behind By Candlelight at 336 W Front St, Traverse City MI 49684

Visit the fish weir from mid-September to late October to see salmon and trout in the weir harvest facility.

Traverse City State Park

1132 US-31 N, Traverse City MI 49686

Includes beach access. Michigan State Park entrance fee required. “Universally accessible” playground for people of all abilities, including wheelchairs.

Twin Lakes Park

6800 N Long Lake Rd., Traverse City MI 49685

(231) 922-4818

Enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing and hiking near the crystal clear spring water of North Twin Lake. NEW universally accessible playground is now a feature of this property.

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Vasa Pathway

Bunker Hill & Bartlett Rds., Traverse City MI 49686

(231) 922-4818

21 miles of loops and paths can be enjoyed in all seasons. Walking, biking, and cross country skiing.

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Vasa Trail

7 mi E of Traverse City via US-31, Bunker Hill Rd. & Bartlett Rd.

(231) 922-5280

17 miles of hiking and biking trail.

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Iosco County

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

(231) 732-2647

Otsego County Parks & Recreation (Community Playgroup)

(989) 732-6521

Otsego County Sportsplex

(989) 731-3546

Kalkaska County

Cherry Knoll Children Center, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

(231) 922-7811

Imagination Station / Chalker Park

Laurel St and Chestnut St, Kalkaska MI 49646

KART (Kalkaska Area Recreation & Transportation Trail)

Starts at 1905 Fairground Dr, Kalkaska MI 49646

2 mile long 8 ft wide trail is perfect for easy strolling.

Log Lake Campground

2475 E Log Lake Rd NE, Kalkaska MI 49646

(231) 258-2940

Electricity, toilets, swimming, and camp store.

Rapid City Elementary

5258 River St, Rapid City MI 49676

(231) 331-6121

Rapid River Township Community Park

Just W of US-131 on Phelps Rd, Rapid City MI 49676

Sand Lake Quiet Area Pathway

8 mi W of Kalkaska via Island Lake Rd & Campground Rd, Kalkaska MI 49646

(231) 922-5280

Part of Pere Marquette State Forest. 10 miles of hiking and biking trails

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School Forest

M-72 and Birch Street, Kalkaska MI 49646

Open space and trails. Located just off of M-72 and Birch St in Kalkaska.

Seven Bridges

On Valley Rd between Kalkaska and Rapid City (directions at website), Kalkaska MI 49646

A picturesque short hike with running water and tranquil sitting areas.

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Skegemog Swamp Pathway

From M-72 turn Rt on CR 597, proceed 3 mi to parking area on W side of road, Rapid City MI 49676

(231) 922-5280   |  (231) 258-2711

Extensive wooden boardwalk winds through a cedar swamp, crosses a small creek, and makes its way to Skegemog Lake

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Springfield Recreation Area

From Kalkaska take M-66 S 13 mi to Lund Road. Turn W and go 4 miles to Creighton Road. Turn lt into the Springfield Recreation Area.

Trails, farmers market, pavilion, and other fun activities.

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Springfield Recreation Area

From Kalkaska take M-66 S 13 mi to Lund Road. Turn W and go 4 miles to Creighton Road. Turn lt into the Springfield Recreation Area.

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Torch Lake Beach Access Sites

Crystal Beach Road, Kalkaska MI 49646

Seven swimming access sites on Crystal Beach Rd.

Kalkaska County LIbrary

247 S Cedar, Kalkaska MI 49646

(231) 258-9411

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Birch Street Elementary School

309 N Birch St, Kalkaska MI 49646

(231) 258-8629

Freedom Park (East and West)

5123 Freedom Park Dr, Rapid City MI 49676

(231) 331-6249

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Heritage Park

Leelanau County

5toOne

(231) 922-6437

5toOne is an innovative project of the Great Start Collaborative that brings together families and local partners to ensure that all children reach their highest potential.

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Suttons Bay/Health Dept

(231) 735-1116

Parenting Communities

(231) 866-1969

Weekly playgroups.

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Glen Lake Community Library

10115 West Front St., Empire MI

(231) 326-5361

Children's programs.

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Leelanau Township Library

119 East Nagonaba St., Northport MI 49670

(231) 386-5131

Children's programs.

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Leland Township Public Library

203 East Cedar St., Leland MI

(231) 256-9152

Children's programs.

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Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library

416 Front St., Suttons Bay MI 49682

(231) 271-3512

Children's programs/Story Time.

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North Bar Lake

A favorite swimming spot for tots. Shallow and warm. From Empire go north on LaCore Street. Turn right on Voice Rd and then left on Bar Lake Rd, which is gravel.

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North Park

Intersection of M-204 and M-22, Suttons Bay MI 49682

1500 ft. of shoreline, boat launch, parking, picnic shelter and restrooms.

Old Settlers’ Park

South Dunns Farm Road (CR 675), Maple City MI

Facilities include: chapel/meeting room, gazebo with seating, playground, boat launch (non-motorized), picnic tables, grills. Annual event: Old Settlers Picnic.

Omena Beach

Omena Point Rd., Omena MI

Public access to Omena Bay. Swimming, picnic tables, and playground equipment, unpaved parking lot across Omena Point Rd.

Parks and Recreation in Leelanau County

Website includes information on State, County, Township, and Village Parks. Also, information on Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Leelanau Trail, and Leelanau Conservancy.

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Peterson Park

10001 E. Peterson Park Rd., Northport MI 49670

Public access to approx. 1000 ft. of beach on Lake MI. Excellent spot for finding Petoskey stones. Playground, picnic tables, grills, parking lot.

Lake Michigan Beach Park aka Empire Village Park

Lake Michigan Dr., Empire MI

West of downtown area. Public park with a pavilion that is available on a first come first serve basis. One of the newest working lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

Leelanau State Park

15310 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport MI 49670

(231) 386-5422

8.5 miles of hiking trails.

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Leland Harbor

107 N. Lake St., Leland MI

Full-service marina, public boat launch, picnic area. Located next to Historic Fishtown - shopping, dining, lodging and beaches are just steps away.

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Lover’s Lane Park

Stoney Point Rd, Suttons Bay MI 49682

Access to Suttons Bay. Ideal for kayak access or just enjoying the sandy beach, water and sun. Limited parking and no amenities.

Myles Kimmerly Recreation Park

W. Co. Rd. 616, Maple City MI

Patrick Hobbins Hiking Trail, soccer fields, picnic tables, playground, tennis and basketball courts, ball diamonds, driving range, and disc golf course.

North Bar Lake

1030 N. Bar Lake Rd., Empire MI

A small inland lake that drains into Lake MI. Unpaved parking and basic facilities.

Greilickville Harbor Park

13132 S. W. Bay Shore Dr., Elmwood MI

Waterfront park has a beach area, grills, restrooms, and playground equipment.

Grove Park

E. Duck Lake Rd. (204), Lake Leelanau MI

Tennis courts, picnic tables, shelter, playground, parking, water, basketball court.

Hall Beach aka Van's Beach

Cedar Street, Leland MI

Also known as Vans Beach. A perfect sandy beach. The trailhead to the beach is just beyond Van's Garage at the end of Cedar Street.

Hancock Park

Union Street, Leland Township MI

Recreation area includes ice skating, softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, skateboard ramp, picnic pavilions, drinking water, parking.

Haserot Park

298 East 3rd Street, Northport MI 49670

Northport's municipal beach-located right downtown.

Houdek Dunes Natural Area

5959 N. Manitou Trail, Leland MI

(231) 256-9665

(Note: Gentle terrain, but steep steps lead to trailhead.) From Leland, drive north along M-22 approximately 5 miles to County Road 626. Proceed another 3/4 mile north along M-22. A sign on the west (left) side of the road marks the entrance to the parking area.

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John G. Suelzer East Leland Memorial Park

CR-641 East, Leland MI

Boat launch, beachfront, parking, dock, picnic area, playground, grills, fire pit. Also called East Leland Park.

Empire Bluff

Easy 1.5 mile walk to the scenic overlook toward Sleeping Bear Dunes and Manitou Islands with interesting attractions along the way. The Old Farm has tractors from the 1940’s. The Old Orchard shows where loggers planted over logged areas.

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Finton Natural Area

13220 E. Woolsey Lake Rd., Northport MI 49670

(231) 256-9665

Smooth, level two-track connecting Northport Rd to Woolsey Rd.

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Fisher Beach

M-22, Leland MI

Glen Arbor Municipal Beach Park

M-22, Glen Arbor MI

Glen Lake Beach Park

6629 S. Dune Hwy., Glen Arbor MI

Kitty-Corner from Dune Climb. Public access to Little Glen Lake.

Good Harbor Beach

A flat trail with a short section of coastal dunes. This area was entirely underwater during the Ice Age.

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Good Harbor Beach

Magnificent long sandy beach with clear views out to the islands. Park pass required (inside of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park).

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Graham Green Park

M-22, Suttons Bay MI 49682

Park has a large wooded area for hiking, picnic tables, grills and porta johns.

DeYoung Natural Area

9509 E. Cherry Bend Rd., Traverse City MI

(231) 256-9665

From the intersection of M-72 and M-22 in Traverse City (Tom’s West Bay) go north on M-22 1/2 miles, turn left onto Cherry Bend Rd. Go 2.0 miles down Cherry Bend Rd., and look for the barn on your right. Pull into the parking area by the barn.

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Chippewa Run Natural Area

11300 S. Leelanau Hwy., Empire MI

(231) 256-9665

From the intersection of M-72 and M-22 in Empire, head north on M-22 about 7/10 of a mile. The parking area is located on the left, or northwest side of the street just south of the creek.

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Christmas Cove Park

Island View Dr., Leelanau Township MI

200 feet of beach frontage along the shore of Lake MI. Beach, picnic tables and parking lot.

Bingham Township Park

Park Rd., Bingham MI

Access to Lake Leelanau; picnic tables and grills. Park Rd. off Lake Leelanau Drive (formerly Co. Rd. 641).

Boughey Park

Bingham Rd., Traverse City MI

Access to West Bay, picnic tables, and grills.

Braman Hill Recreation Area

10001 E. Melkild Rd., Northport MI 49670

Year-round recreation area includes tennis courts, basketball court, a skating park and ice rink, sledding hills, hiking trails, a tot lot, shooting range, warming house with bathrooms, and picnic tables.

Centerville Township Park

Hwy. 643 S., Lake Leelanau MI

Township Park located Off Hwy 643 S of the Village of Lake Leelanau.

Cherry Bend Community Park

E. Cherry Bend Rd., Elmwood MI

Covered picnic facilities with grills, playground equipment, tennis courts, soccer, volleyball, and baseball field.

45th Parallel Park

M-22, Suttons Bay MI 49682

Bartholomew Park aka Nedow’s Bay Beach

Pearl St., Leland MI

Lake Leelanau beach front, docks, grills, fire pit, picnic table and boat launch.

Schneider’s Beach

N. Popp Rd., Lake Leelanau MI

Public beach with swimming and picnic area on North Lake Leelanau.

Solon Township Playground Park

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Sutton Park aka South Shore Park

South Shore Dr., Suttons Bay MI 49682

300 ft. of shoreline, swimming, playground equipment, picnic shelter, and bathrooms.

Suttons Bay Marina Park & Beach

Front St., Suttons Bay MI 49682

Public beach, picnic tables, grills volleyball nets, and children's play area.

Suttons Bay Municipal Beach

M-22, Suttons Bay MI 49682

Beach located on Grand Traverse Bay. Swimming, playground equipment, volley ball nets, picnic facilities, restrooms, and parking.

Whaleback Natural Area

1639 N. Manitou Trail, Leland MI

(231) 256-9665

1-mile trail over hilly, wooded terrain. Spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

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The Dune Climb

Climb the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes! From Empire go north on M-22, take M-109 to The Dune Climb.

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The Leelanau Trail

15.5 miles of former railroad corridor connecting Suttons Bay to Traverse City. Paved from M-72 in Traverse City to Lakeview Rd in Elmwood Township and from Revold Rd in Bingham Township to The Depot in Suttons Bay.

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Vic Steimel Park

Stoney Point Rd., Suttons Bay MI 49682

One acre parcel off of Nanagosa Trail on Stoney Point. Rocky beach frontage on Grand Traverse Bay, small boat launch, picnic tables, grills, and porta john.

Manistee County

Great Start Collaborative

(231) 723-6205

Missaukee County

Family Resource Center

(231) 779-0019

Ogemaw County

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

(231) 732-2647

Otsego County Parks & Recreation (Community Playgroup)

(989) 732-6521

Otsego County Sportsplex

(989) 731-3546

Osceola County

Great Start Collaborative

(231) 592-9605

Oscoda County

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

(231) 732-2647

Otsego County Parks & Recreation (Community Playgroup)

(989) 732-6521

Otsego County Sportsplex

(989) 731-3546

Otsego County

Kid's Outdoors Otsego (KOO)

(989) 732-4000   |  (800) 345-8621

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MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group

(231) 732-2647

Otsego County Parks & Recreation (Community Playgroup)

(989) 732-6521

Otsego County Sportsplex

(989) 731-3546

Roscommon County

Crawford County Playgroup

(989) 275-9537

Wexford County

Family Resource Center

(231) 779-0019