Grand Traverse Commons Historic Walking Tour
Tour a historic building, currently one of the country's largest re-purposed renovation projects. Explore an amazing brick steam tunnel while learning about the history of the Traverse City State Hospital.
What You Will Do
- Wander through old hospital buildings full of classic beauty
- Travel through the underground steam tunnel system built in 1883
- Learn from your guide about the history of mental health in this country and the role this particular building played in that story
- Guided Historic Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital
These tours require guests to be physically capable to climb up and down steep stairs and walk through low-clearance areas. Significant walking will be required. Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Ages 12 & over. Under 18 requires parent or guardian present.
Once tickets are purchased they can not be canceled. But may be rescheduled up to a year from purchase date.
- 3,695 Ratings
We thought the tour was extremely informative....our guide was knowledgeable and funny. We both are happy that this beautiful and historic place is being given a second chance at life. The shops we're excellent and we look forward to coming back!
The guide was well informed & the history of the institution and question about it was cleared up.
Your tour guide was very informed and took care of many questions
Joe was the beat tour guide ever. We had a wonderful time.
Great place to visit, really informative tour about history.
We loved the tour guide! It was all so interesting and the 2 hours flew by. We were so glad that the building and all of the history was saved.
Our tour guide was great!
very informative, engaging, entertaining, slapstick, both Joe and Justin did a great job. opened our eyes to assumptions we had made and mistruths about the hospital perpetuated by the public and media. seems some things never change.
The tour was a chance to learn more about a remarkable structure and system that was ahead of its time and unfortunately dismantled by greed and politics. And a half century later things like this are still happening. Our tour guide Joe brought up the unpleasant part of our mental/physical system. He also infused our tour with plenty of personal experiences and good humor. It would be nice if there was some sort of historical film/video could be added to the tour.
awesome tour and guide and of course "the caboose" the music was a great added feature! We will recommend this tour to our friends
It was super interesting and our guide was extremely informative and fun !
Wow! Very educational. Did not realize or understand the history. Great tour. Joe made this tour even better.
Joe was an awesome tour- guide! Both history and humor
Our tour guide, Joe, made the tour! He was knowledgeable , passionate, humorous, and interesting. I HIGHLY recommend the tour.
Very detailed and passionate tour guide. Fantastic historic building.
Very interesting learned alot! Our tour guide Joe was great!
Joe was very knowledgeable - I had some know,edge of the asylum - but I really didn’t know how successful it was in treating those with mental illnesses. Joe’s passion for telling the true story was great. I really recommend this tour
Great tour guide. Very informative and added humor!
Guide was excellent. Informative and sensitive to the topic.
Tour was great. Lots of good "stuff" in the Mercato but would like to see more variety offered. The Christmas shop is excellent!!!
Very interesting. Well done
Joe was very knowledgable and passionate about the history of the asylum.
This is my 3rd time and will not be my last!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guide was very knowledgeable and added a bit of drama to his presentation. Learned a lot.
The guide was entertaining as well as informative. I also appreciate the efforts to educate and open the minds of visitors on the mentally ill and treatment.
Our tour guide was wonderful! He really made the tour a great experience!!
Our guide Dave was so knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. The whole place and history is just fascinating! We really did not want the tour to end and would have loved to go in more if the buildings. Thank you for a first class experience!
I took my for eighth-grade graduates here on this tour as requested per of them. We all had a wonderful time. Would have enjoyed a little bit more time in the older buildings. Our guide did a beautiful job. Would definitely do this again!
Subject matter, history, guide was knowledgeable and fun.
The tour was very interesting and informative. We loved it!!
Great tour. Tour guide made it more fun with his personality and things he added to it. Definitely would recommend.
The guide did a great job and really knew all the history, we will definitely recommend this tour to others!
We enjoyed the tour very much and the reason I did not give it 4 stars is that I wish more time was spent being able to go inside some of the buildings instead of walking around and looking at the outside for about 75% of the tour. Also, the tours should be totally smoke free. We had one person in our group that was smoking as we walked around the campus.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the hospital and help us understand the way of life and care the hospital gave the patients.