Climb the sand dunes
This is another location of the sand dunes. I can not recall the name of this place. It may have been part of the same national park, I'm not sure. But is was a great place to take your kids and give them rewards for running up and down this steep mountain of sand until they pass out. Take lots of sunblock, hats and water if you can find it.
Clinch Park in Traverse City, Michigan
Located on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, Clinch Park is a great park for walking and running, going to the beach, or using the Marina. The exceptional location, right in the city, makes for a lovely spot for urban dwellers as well as tourist.
At one time, there was the Clinch Park Zoo that was operated by the City of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Zoological Society. It was 3.5 acres that exhibited the wildlife of northern Michigan. Evidently, the small train is STILL there.
We found this lovely park to be a picturesque setting in the heart of the city. In the summer, it is the area's most populated beach and has over 1500 feet of sand along West Grand Traverse Bay. There are picnic tables, lifeguards from mid-June through August. It is located east of Union Street on Grandview Parkway.
1. As we were walking within Clinch Park, we saw this lovely spot with flowers and a beautiful bronze statue of a father helping his son learn to ride a bike.
2. As we walked further along, we found this rocky area overlooking the West Grand Traverse Bay.
3. As we walked on the pier, I stopped to take a photograph, and, as you can see, with the sun position, Micky and my shadows are evident.
4. The canopy advertises Clinch Park, the Marina, Restrooms, and the beach.
We were amazed at how many locals use these facilities. Each day, we saw people on bikes; people running; people walking; and people sitting admiring the view of West Grand Traverse Bay.