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Greilickville Harbor Park provides a place to enjoy West Grand Traverse Bay from the edge of Traverse City and the beginning of Leelanau County. It’s owned by Elmwood Township.
P erhaps the best thing about Elmwood is
how much family fun is packed into one community. Parks, museums
and access to West Grand Traverse Bay and Cedar Lake give visitors plenty to do and explore right here.
At the heart of it all is
the Discovery Center and Discovery Pier. According
to John Noonan, program manager for Discovery
Center and Pier, the former industrial waterfront known
as “Greilickville” presents visitors with authentic maritime opportunities for exploration.
“We are home to the largest  eet of tall ships on the American side of the Great Lakes,” he said.
Visitors can take a close-up look at the ships in the marina, and even take advantage of a well-known deep water  shing spot just off the east wall for the pier.
At Discovery Pier, visitors can take a close-up look at the ships in the marina. The Pier also serves as the launching point for a 114-foot schooner, the “Manitou,” that offers cruises on the beautiful bay. Enjoy a sunset cruise with breathtaking views.
Housed across M-22 at
Discovery Center is the Great Lakes Children’s Museum — a sure- re hit with young children. “The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is an amazing hands- on children’s museum with a focus largely on water and
the great lakes,” Noonan said. “It provides families with a great place to explore with their preschoolers or lower elementary children.”
The township-owned Greilickville Harbor Park and Elmwood Marina occupy
the long stretch of remaining frontage south of the big
red building with decorative seagulls, the Centerpointe building. Harbor Park is a great
place to picnic and watch kids swim or enjoy a playground built and donated by Carter’s Kids, a charity organization that works across the country.
For those with access to
their own boat, the Elmwood Marina is known for its cleanliness and friendly staff.
It is the region’s busiest marina and boat launch, so calling ahead is a good idea. Whether you’re just off the boat or waiting to climb aboard, spend a few minutes to take
in a game of checkers at the lakeside tables designed for visitor use.
Public access to Cedar Lake,
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