We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Great Lakes Children's Museum

13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
+1 231-932-4526
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
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 6 days ago
SarahSesaw
,
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 22 August 2017
Jennifer
,
St. Clair Township, Ontario
via mobile
Read all 89 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and more...
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average21%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“water table” (31 reviews)
“rainy day” (13 reviews)
“puppet show” (3 reviews)
LOCATION
13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
CONTACT
Website
+1 231-932-4526
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (89)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank SarahSesaw
Reviewed 22 August 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
Reviewed 19 July 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
Reviewed 12 July 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

Thank adventureswithtwins
Reviewed 10 July 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
Reviewed 4 July 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
Reviewed 27 April 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
Reviewed 16 April 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

1  Thank Melvinamarie
Reviewed 11 April 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.

Thank 859bethk
Reviewed 11 April 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

Thank Cathy G
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Apache Trout Grill
1,470 reviews
.67 km away
Harrington's By The Bay
358 reviews
.98 km away
Tuscan Bistro
190 reviews
.48 km away
West End Tavern TC
117 reviews
.75 km away
Nearby Attractions
Tall Ship Manitou - Day Tours
588 reviews
.03 km away
Sailing Yacht Scout - Day Tours
43 reviews
.03 km away
Two Brothers Sailing
39 reviews
.58 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Carol J
16 June 2016|
Answer
Response from shellysells | Reviewed this property |
Toddler (2) to 10-11
0
Votes