Welcome to Discovery Cruises!

We've created our local guide to help you discover some of our favorite places in the Grand Traverse Area. Enjoy!
The Discovery is a beautifully remodeled, two-deck touring vessel located in West Grand Traverse Bay. With a fully enclosed, climate-controlled main deck and an upper deck with panoramic windows, guests can enjoy the stunning views of Traverse City from every angle. The vessel is equipped with a full-service bar, as well as versatile seating arrangements for various group events up to 149 passengers.

We offer daily narrated sightseeing tours, evening relaxing pleasure cruises, special events, and charters of West Grand Traverse Bay on Traverse City's only floating venue!


Check out our scheduled events on our website.

Cruise tickets can be booked in one of several different ways.
1. Click on the Book Now link
2. Visit the dock to inquire about availability 30 minutes to an hour prior to departure time.

We accept credit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and debit cards for online or over the phone reservations. We accept credit and debit cards, cash and travelers checks on site.

BOARDING
Please plan on arriving up to 30 minutes prior to departure. We offer ticketless boarding. When you make a reservation for any scheduled excursion, whether online or onsite at the dock, you’ll receive an electronic confirmation number/boarding pass. Boarding begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
We cruise in all weather conditions unless the weather conditions are deemed unsafe by our captain. The vessel is fully enclosed and the main deck is climate-controlled for your comfort. This ensures comfortable cruising, rain or shine, in the spring, summer and fall.

Dress to the nines or wear your flipflops! Attire is up to you! Though The Discovery does abide by the no shirt, no shoes, no boarding policy.

Our Local Favorites

Brunch - Sugar 2 Salt

Food

The Towne Plaza

Breakfast & lunch restaurant
203 Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the blueberry pancakes!

Charles and Reid Detroit Pizza

Pizza, salads & sandwiches. Beer & wine to go
113 E. State Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: They have a great $7 beer & slice Lunch Special!

The Burrow

California-inspired restaurant
12930 S W Bayshore Dr, Traverse City

Bubbie’s Bagels

Bagel Shop
1215 East Front Street, Traverse City
Locals tip: Ask about their seasonal schmears & cream cheeses

Folgarelli’s

Gourmet sandwiches, Italian market & wine
424 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab their pasta, sauce, meatballs & focaccia for a quick authentic meal!

Jacob’s Farm

Family fun
7100 East Traverse Highway, Traverse City

Taproot Cider House

Mostly organic restaurant & tapped ciders
300 E. Front Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great food and excellent selection of tapped ciders

The Little Fleet

Open air bar & food trucks
448 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss Happy's Tacos located inside. Delicious. Try a burrito!

The Tasting Room

Shareables, pizzas, entrees, cocktails & wine
155 Garland Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great collection of hard to find bourbons
Craft Cocktails - Mammoth Distilling

Drink

Mundos 305

Coffee bar
305 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the Cheddar Lime Hash Burrito!

Bonobo Winery

Old Mission Peninsula Winery
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City

Left Foot Charley

Urban winery & tasting room
806 Red Dr Suite #100, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great patio. Try the Cinnamon Girl cider. Delish!

Brengman Brothers

Leelanau Peninsula Winery
9720 S Center Hwy, Traverse City
Local's tip: The menu provides the Chef's suggested wine pairing with each food item!

Silver Spruce Brewing Company

Local brewery with food truck on-site
439 E Eighth Street, Traverse City
Distance: 0.3 miles
Local's tip: Comfortable place to hang out. Great beer!

Mammoth Distilling

Craft cocktails lounge
221 Garland St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great live music most Wed-Sat. Bring in food from Archie's at The Workshop

Rare Bird Brewpub

Local brewery & food
229 Lake Ave, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great beer & cocktails on draft. Try the pork belly nachos!

The Tasting Room

Shareables, pizzas, entrees, cocktails & wine
155 Garland Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great collection of hard to find bourbons
Boat Tours - Discovery Cruises

Things to Do

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

Local produce, baked goods, flowers & more
Parking Lot B, Corner of E Grandview Pkwy @ Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Open Saturdays 730am-12pm(May-Oct) & Wednesdays 8am-12pm(June-Oct)

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Beaches, hiking & dunes along Lake Michigan
6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor
Local's tip: Dunes get hot. Morning climbs in Summer are best. Take the scenic drive!

Discovery Cruises

Boat tours
13170 S W Bayshore Dr, Traverse City
WHY WE RECOMMEND: Happy Hour on the Water!!!

State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay

Local downtown movie theaters
Downtown Traverse City
Local's tip: Saturday 10am Kids’ Matinees(State Theatre). All tickets only $1!!!

TART Trails

Network of multi-use trails
Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Jacob’s Farm

Farm and Corn Maze, Pizza and Drinks
7100 East Traverse Hwy, (M-72 West) Traverse City

Mission Point Lighthouse

Historic lighthouse
20500 Center Road, ​Traverse City

Wind Dancer Traverse City Tours

Sailing tours and pontoon charters.
615 E Front St Traverse City

Shopping

Burritt’s Fresh Markets

Specialty Grocery & Meat Market
509 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Fresh seafood and great brats for the grill

Cherry Republic

Cherry products & gifts
154 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Make sure to sample the cherry salsa and BBQ sauces!

Folgarelli’s

Gourmet sandwiches, Italian market & wine
424 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab their pasta, sauce, meatballs & focaccia for a quick authentic meal!

Fustini’s

Specialty oils and vinegars
141 E Front St, Traverse City

Downtown Leland & Fishtown

A fun downtown and active fishing village full of great shops
Leland, MI

Services/Rentals

Wind Dancer Traverse City Tours

Sailing tours and pontoon charters.
615 E Front St Traverse City
Downtown Traverse City

🍽 Dining
Most local options close by 9pm. It is always a good idea to make a reservation if possible. Late night food options: Mode's Bum Steer, Lil Bo's

🅿️ Parking (map)
Downtown and surrounding streets have metered parking and are strictly enforced (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm)
*FREE parking on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

🚻 Public Restrooms (map)

🚲 TART Trails (maps)
A network of multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route

⛱️ Clinch Park
Metered parking
Splash Pad turns off at 6pm

🚗 Transportation
Traverse City has limited both Lyft and Uber as well as various local taxi companies

Please call with any questions

We hope you love you time in TC!
The Discovery Crew