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Sailing Adventures and Tours in Traverse City, Michigan Provide Wonder and Beauty

Updated: Apr 29

Ahoy there, landlubbers and sea-faring souls alike! Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered—the enchanting West Grand Traverse Bay. And what better way to experience its beauty and tranquility than by setting sail on its shimmering waters?

Traverse City, Michigan, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and charming waterfront, offers a myriad of opportunities for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. But perhaps one of the most captivating experiences is a sailboat ride or tour on West Grand Traverse Bay, where every breeze carries whispers of serenity and every wave beckons you to explore further.

So, what can you expect to see and experience during your sailboat excursion? And where can you book a breathtaking sailing tour with an experienced sail boat crew? Let's embark on a journey to uncover the wonders that await you on a Wind Dancer Cruise.



Schooner docked at Sunset on West Grand Traverse Bay
Sunset Sailboat Tour in Traverse City Michigan

Grand Traverse Bay's Sailing Adventures and Tours in Traverse City


Gather 'round as we embark on a voyage through the storied history and fascinating geology of the magnificent Grand Traverse Bay. Picture it: a tale as old as time, etched into the very fabric of these azure waters off the shores of Traverse City. Are you ready for sailing adventures and tours in Traverse City?


Once upon a tide, Grand Traverse Bay was but a mere glimmer in the eye of Mother Nature herself. Carved by the mighty hand of time over 10000 years past by the whimsical dance of glaciers, this nautical wonderland, locals call the Bay, emerged from the glaciers last moments melted into the 5 Great Lake we see today, a testament to the geological prowess of our planet. As the glaciers retreated and melted away, they gauge away a maritime masterpiece—a sprawling bay brimming with tales of adventure and intrigue we call Grand Traverse Bay.


The Grand Traverse Bay is split in two by the Old Mission Peninsula which juts out into Lake Michigan from the County Seat of Grand Traverse County, Traverse City Michigan.


But what of its seafaring history and opportunities to gaze upon its beauty are possible for land lovers, you ask? Ah, prepare to be regaled with voyages that will have our guests entranced with the natural beauty found in and around Traverse City. For to get the most out of your stay in Traverse City, hopping on a city boat tour is highly suggested.


 From French fur traders seeking riches to native tribes weaving legends of the sea, to lumbermen harvesting the tall pine forest once prevalent here, Grand Traverse Bay has witnessed the ebb and flow of countless souls drawn to its siren song. So hoist the sails and let us set forth on a journey through time and tide, where every wave carries whispers of bygone eras and every gust of wind tells a tale of yore.


To do this, you will want to book a cruise on West Grand Traverse Bay and here is a great company to provide the nautical adventure you be looking for! These city boat tours will be a cruise that takes you out onto the Bay beautiful blue waters, where white caps dot the horizon and adventure beckons!


Wind Dancer Tours in Traverse City Michigan


Talented Captains and a passionate crew man an array of vessels to choose from by visitors to the area. To help our landlocked brethren choose their boat tour wisely, here are the types of tours and vessels offered from this highly recommended Traverse City Sailing Tour Company, Wind Dancer.


Wind Dancer Signature Sunset Sail


This 5-star reviewed tour is not just because of the first class service provided by the crew and enjoyed by their tour guests. The beautiful Wind Dancer Schooner launched in 1988 will have its sails billowing from the wind the wraps around the Bay. Boat tour guests, will also enjoy the first class food and drink served by the Wind Dancer's crew. This Traverse City boat tour will sail its gets through amazing, one-of-a-kind, brilliant sunsets over the peninsulas of Grand Traverse Bay.


The tour sales for 2.5 hours in length, but the time blows by due to the sites to be seen and the stories to be heard. Comfy bathrooms onboard and no fuss onboarding make this an easy sailboat tour to book!



Sunset on the Schooner in West Grand Traverse Bay
Wild Dancer Sunset Sailboat Tour


Island Adventures, Picnic, and Sail Away on the Wind Dancer Signature Day Sail Tour


Come sail away for a day of adventure on Grand Traverse Bay!


As a Wind Dancer guest, great sailing awaits you of course! But fine food and drinks our also enjoyed with a picnic after you set sail onboard the Wind Dance Schooner. Keep an ear out as tales of the Bay our told to entertain the guest while taking in the beautiful wineries, islands and wilderness only the Bay can provide. Snack and drink the day away on this lazy and relaxing tour with beer, wine, cocktails, and champagne plus snacks-all included in your boat cruise tour.



Couple enjoying Champagne and a Sunset in Traverse City Michigan
Wind Dancer Signature Sunset Sail Tour


Guided Private Pontoon Charter


Perfect for ages 4 and up, this family friendly charter- a Delamar Pontoon- has a capacity for six guests that can sit back and take in the sites of the bay all while being chartered by an experienced captain.


This charter will take you out to Power Island for swimming and fun on the beach away from the crowds. A quite day on the water filled with swimming, site seeing, and bird watching.


Great opportunity to book this charter to see up close the National Cherry Festival Airshow every July!



Pontoon Charter in Grand Traverse Bay
Pontoon Charter in Traverse City Michigan


Give the gift of sailing on Grand Traverse Bay


For those that want to share in the aquatic fun, the Wind Dancer Company also provides Gift Cards for purchase and use at a later date!



Glass of Whiskey on Grand Traverse Bay
Enjoy local Cuisine and Beverages Onboard

More than 100 5-Star Reviews on Trip Advisor


  • Beautiful sunset cruise Captain Dan, First Mate John, and Hospitality Guru Charlie made this a very relaxing, enjoyable evening! The boxed dinners and local drinks were a bonus! I highly recommend this! Babsar August 25, 2023

  • Grand Traverse Bay was grand “On a Saturday afternoon, we easily found The Wind Dancer. The sail was delightful and beyond my expectations! We made fast friends with the others in our section of the craft. . . the weather was cool and breezy, the wine and cocktails flowed freely, and the food was phenomenal. The crew were so hospitable while they were very mindful of piloting the boat. I will come back and do it again for sure!” Tracy T August 2023


Visitors to Traverse City enjoying a day on a pontoon boat
Pontoon Boat Charter in Traverse City Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the sailing experiences? 2.5 hours long.


What are the age limits? 14 and older for sailing, 4 and older for Pontoon Charter.


Will I get Wet? The private charters and sailing tours may lend the opportunity for swimming, weather and wind permitting. So come prepared.


Ready to Sail Away?


Book your the Tour of you choice and let's get out on the Bay! Your adventure awaits!


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