Where can you go that is right outside of Traverse City and has pristine views of the bay, boats sailing through the waves and ducks floating in the water? Where your children can run and play on the play structure, spinning around dizzy until sprint through the sand to splash in the water? Where parking is close by with sidewalks that lead straight to the beach and the bathrooms are a clean dream with baby changing stations? Where two pavilions offer shade as the baby sleeps soundly in the stroller, listening to the waves gently crash on the shore?
The Greilickville Harbor Park is on M22, just 2.6 miles from Downtown Traverse City. The location is ideal just past Traverse Tall Ships and the Great Lake Children’s Museum and right before Subway and the Grand Traverse Yacht Club.
- Two covered pavilions
- Clean bathrooms
- Close parking
- Ship-themed play structure that’s ideal for children under three through 12 years of age
- Swing set facing the bay with two baby swings
- Volleyball court
- Large beach that doesn’t feel crowded
- Roped off swimming area
- Hill to lay on that offers awesome views and a fun way for your kids to burn off more energy
- Dedicated fishing area
- Bike racks
- Shade trees
- Well maintained and CLEAN bathrooms, pavilions and beach
There are many things my family loves about this beach, but there are also a few drawbacks. Parking can get filled up quickly when it’s a really nice day. There are a few benches near the play structure, but a few more would be helpful. There is a cement bench that runs along the sidewalk, but it can be hard to see your kids playing on the ship since it’s angled toward the bay. There are also a lot of rocks in the water, so I recommend wearing water shoes.
Want to rent one of the pavilions?
As you can imagine, the pavilions get booked up quickly – especially during the summer. Call Elmwood Township at 231-946-0921 to check for availability and then download this form to start the reservation process. You can rent the large pavilion for a half day for $100 or full day for $200. There is a $50 deposit required when you reserve, but this is refundable as long as you clean up and follow the rules.