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Great Lakes Children's Museum

13240 S West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
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Ranked #18 of 34 Attractions in Traverse City
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and more...
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Petoskey, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I brought my boys here expecting a bit of educational fun. It would have been more educational if there was a person to talk about what the play areas represented. Parents are able to do this but not all can explain certain things without previous knowledge. The toys were fun, and the boys were occupied. In my opinion it is... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was a tad disappointed. I enjoy taking my children to age appropriate museums for them to take in and learn from. However, this is a small indoor play area (slide, tunnel, dress up, ship). I was expecting more. As we had been to several major city children's museums and they had much more to do and see. We went... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My daughter at 7 years old still asks to visit although I think she has outgrown their displays.They are the same year after year although that familiarity is what the children enjoy, like a much read children's book. It is an excellent young children's museum with much to learn and do.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We took our young children here and they had a blast. Although, not really a "museum" it has lot of interesting feats that will really entertain young children. Very good place if you need to burn a few hours...or burn off the kids' energy! Located not too far away it was worth the time and money for young kids.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We brought our 2 1\2 year old for the first time and he loved it. Great place to go when visiting TC in the non-summer months. There are various things to do, that for a first trip 2-3 hours is a good time frame.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

As my son was young enough that a real museum is a little too boring, this place was perfect. He loved running around and climbing all over everything. We have since been to two other children's museums (GR and Norwalk, CT), and I would say that although this is smaller than the other two, this one is much more "condensed".... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

The Great Lakes Children's Museum is a great place for toddlers and preschoolers to have safe, indoor fun, get some wiggles out, and play with toys/stations that have potentially some educational output (that would really be dependent on how much the parent is involved). A smaller-than-expected building opened into a large room with various features. Our crawler had fun in... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is a cute little museum that helped us fill a cold snow day. It was perfect for my 4 year old and I loved the neat centers. they have a boat that the kids can put on life jackets, "start-up" and drive, a lighthouse with the keepers quarters, a great water table, amazing puppet show center, art, and an... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Fun, basic interactive exhibits and activities. Small, but creative and growing. The water table is a must.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Don't tell the kids this is an educational facility - it is just chalked fun of FUN and wonderful activities. They will get some interesting facts and fun about the Great Lakes. Wonderful hands-on experience for those youngn's. I think ideal for 3-6 year olds.

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