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.
- 4,300 Ratings
Excellent, informative and entertaining tour guide.
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...
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.
Our tour guide Joe was very knowledgeable and presented the history in a way that was enjoyable and entertaining.
Our tour guide was fantastic, loved all the dad jokes. I love the history behind the systems and the architecture. I wish we could have taken a good look at the floors in Pepe Nero, or if there was a specific architectural tour that would be fantastic!
The tour was very informative and our tour guide Joe was the best. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the hospital and his personality and humor made it a lot of fun. I would do it again.
Awesome!! I've wanted to do this for sometime and it exceeded my expectations! Wow. The guide was amazing. Passionate. A wealth of information and connected to the project in a personal way as well. Thank you.
Great tour guide
The tour was informational, and the tourguide himself made it fun. Definitely worthwhile and enjoyable!
I loved hearing about the history behind the hospital, but it would’ve been nice to get a better view. It’s unfortunate how rundown it’s become. I thought it was very interesting.
The tour was great. Excellent tour guide. Our group of 5 we're wishing there had been a few stories of ghost spottings. There were none.
It was very nicely done and the guide was very informative
Had a great time. Joe was the best . Well worth the money.
Our guide, Ben, was awesome. Growing up on the property and giving us real experience and knowledge is what made is so personal and great!
The tour was excellent. So much great history and architecture. Didn't know that the method of treatment for the patients was so innovative. Our tour guide made the experience so fun.
Joe was very informative. We enjoyed every part of the tour.
Fascinating history and great tour guide
Very glad we went on tour. Very informative and would highly recommend. Seeing the non renovated buildings helps you appreciate the monumental task involved in bringing these buildings back to life. It would be impossible to fully understand the important role played in the history of TC without taking this tour. Was well worth the price of the ticket. Would do it again.
That was the most interestiour! The tour guide was so passionate and the buildings and history are astounding!
I work for Mental Health. I have worked for them for 30 years. I have taken care of residents that came from that facility.. I also had an aunt that was placed there as an adult for a while. I also had a tour of the facility when i was 18 years old thru high school. My daughter and I both work for Mental Health and this was a very interesting tour for us, since we both took the tour.
Dave, the tour guide, was very informative.
I had a great tour. Our guide was fun and informative.
Thought the tour was great. Very informative. Awesome building architecture.
our tour guide was very knowledable. I would have like to have seen more
Tour guide was the son of the Superintendent of the hospital and personalized it for us. I found it interesting because I worked at Kalamazoo State Hospital in 1963-1965
Well spoken tour and good knowledge but some of it was not true
This tour was fascinating! Our tour guide Ben was knowledgeable and funny. His father had been Superintendent of the State Hospital so he brought a unique perspective to the tour. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Traverse City history or looking for insights into the history of psychiatric care.