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Great Lakes Children's Museum

13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
+1 231-932-4526
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Fun Place For The Family

Our entire family was so impressed by this museum. Love the water themed museum. Our daughter had... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2017
SarahSesaw
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New York
Ok but not great

As another reviewer pointed out, to say this was a museum was a stretch. It was definitely more... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2017
Jennifer
,
St. Clair Township, Ontario
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Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and more...
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average21%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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“water table” (32 reviews)
“rainy day” (13 reviews)
“puppet show” (3 reviews)
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13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
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+1 231-932-4526
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Reviewed December 8, 2017

Our entire family was so impressed by this museum. Love the water themed museum. Our daughter had a blast playing in the water table and the lighthouse. So many fun options for children of all ages. Perfect location across from a beautiful beach. Wonderful staff...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

As another reviewer pointed out, to say this was a museum was a stretch. It was definitely more play oriented and the educational aspect was not that obvious. My older two kids were bored, so I would emphasize that this is a venue for young...More

Thank Jennifer
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

There are some fantastic interactive exhibits here for the kids to learn about water, wind, and everything in between. Unfortunately it can be extremely busy, to the point where you can't really spend the time you might like teaching these things to your kids. When...More

Thank Brook P
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Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

Museum is quite the stretch. It's more of a play area with a few informational posters. They charge $7 for both adults and children. We went on a weekday there were easily 100 people inside so $7 a pop seems exorbitant for a non profit....More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

In the winter of 2016 we took our granddaughter to the Great Lakes Children's Museum. When talking to her about what she'd like to do while visiting us here in Traverse City for several weeks this summer she requested a return visit. Great for kids...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

The Great Lakes Children's museum is a great place to take kids. My 6-year old grandson loved the puppet theatre, water table with boats, crafts, sitting on a stuffed fish sliding down a slide, and much more. We were there for about 3 hours, and...More

Thank Tammy F
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Reviewed April 27, 2017

Although a bit pricey, my granddaughter loved this small, hands on Museum that centers on wind, waves, and water. Educational activities as well as climbing opportunities.

Thank Gary P
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

What an awesome afternoon. Whilst staying in Traverse City we took the kids (6years & 10months) to the Great Lakes Children's Museum. The 6 year old had lots of fun at puppets, gravity, wind and water areas and 10 month old loved the under 2...More

2  Thank Melvinamarie
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Reviewed April 11, 2017

I took my grandkids here during spring break; it was quite busy. They enjoyed themselves and there was enough to keep them busy and entertained.

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Reviewed April 10, 2017

We brought our three grandchildren, ages 2 3/4, 5 and 7 yrs. old. They all had a wonderful time. The water table was especially fun and the two older kids spent quite a bit of time with the wood play set. We were able to...More

1  Thank Cathy G
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