Things to Do in Leelanau County

Whether you’re visiting Northern Michigan for an outdoor adventure or a romantic getaway, the thrill of the casino floor and the comfort of the Lodge will be here waiting for you. In the meantime, get out and see all Northern Michigan has to offer.


Nine charming towns call Leelanau Peninsula home: Suttons Bay, Omena, Northport, Leland, Lake Leelanau, Glen Arbor, Empire, Maple City, and Cedar. All boast their own attractions, from sky-high sand dunes to mom and pop shops. Take a drive along Lake Michigan’s waters to visit each one.


The delicious, innovative menus of Traverse City restaurants have put us at the top of the list for foodie towns in America. From Asian fusion to downhome BBQ or eclectic European fare to delectable desserts—think award-winning Grand Traverse Pie Company or Moomers Ice Cream—your taste buds will thank you.


Leelanau Peninsula, featuring more than 20 distinguished wineries, is ranked among the top three wine regions in the country according to USA Today. If you’re more of a beer fan, there are dozens of Traverse City breweries to choose from in and around downtown.


Good Morning America called Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the most beautiful place in America…and they were right. With dozens of trails to choose from, you’ll find stunning lake views and charming small towns. Be sure to stop in Glen Abor to sample treats from Cherry Republic!


Northern Michigan is a four-season destination, with snow-capped ski hills in winter, blossoming trails in spring, sunny lakeshores in summer, and autumn glory forests in fall. We have miles of wooded trails that beckon hikers and bikers, and Grand Traverse Bay welcomes warm-weather visitors with boat rentals and fishing charters.


Leelanau Peninsula is the heart of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ land. Stop by the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center, just 0.2 miles from Leelanau Sands Casino, to learn about tribal history, artifacts, and heritage.