Grand Traverse Commons Historic Walking Tour

  • 4,300 Ratings

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.

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: No refunds for cancelled bookings.

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

What's Included

  • Guided Historic Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital

Additional Information

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

  • 4,300 Ratings

  • Carol

Excellent, informative and entertaining tour guide.

January 6, 2019

  • Stuart

tour guide was easy to hear and very enthusiastic. Also going into a finished and totally unfinished building was great. However, although the points made on the state of mental illness in our country now and then were appreciated, they were repeated over and over and over... Would have liked a bit more on the history and perhaps seeing a few more buildings. Also, starting out with the group seeing a map of the entire facility (96 buildings, fields, ponds...) would have provided some worthwhile perspective. Maybe also seeing a mockup or some additional photographs that showed a ward/patient room...Lastly, it needs to be communicated more clearly that the tour is mostly (80%?) in unheated/cooled space or outside....many if not most of the people on our tour were noticeably uncomfortable...

January 1, 2019

  • Jerry

The tour is very interesting. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the guide. He was way over the top animated. Could have done the tour in an hour if he had not been so crazy. Also, even though I tend to agree with his politics, that is something that a professional should leave out. Other than that, super fun and informative.

December 31, 2018
630 Cottageview Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
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