From biking the Boardman to a scenic tour of Old Mission Peninsula, here are six of our favorite ways to enjoy the Grand Traverse region for visitors and locals alike.

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Bike the Boardman & Where to Eat After | Bike the 4-mile Boardman Lake Trail loop, stopping at the Filling Station for pizza and beer. Or, kids love Right Brain Brewery with its arcade games and dill-pickle popcorn.
Enjoy a Pit Spitters Game | Cheer for the Traverse City Pit Spitters, a collegiate summer baseball team, at Turtle Creek Stadium. With a footlong corn dog in hand, of course.

Old Mission Peninsula Roadside Stands | Take a scenic drive up Old Mission Peninsula, stopping at roadside stands for freshly picked lavender, cherries and blueberries.

Head to GTRLC Beaches & Trails | Discover trails, streams and beaches among the 46,000-plus acres protected by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
Head to the Farmers Market | Fill a basket at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market in the parking lot between Cass and Union streets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings all summer long.

A view of the Grand Traverse Bay region.

Stroll & Picnic on 6th Street | Take a stroll through the Gaslight District of historic 6th Street, admiring the Victorian homes. Picnic on the shady banks of the Boardman River in Hannah Park.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner