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Fishtown, Leland

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  • Many cute shops: book store, clothing, misc. jewelry, etc. We have not been back for 4-5 years because of bad experience at Falling Waters.  more »
  • Touristy area of Traverse City area that is worth the visit, escpecially if you have kids in tow. They will love the fish ladder and all the little shops. Great, cheap places to eat, and you can watch...  more »
  • If you're from South Carolina, you know fishing docks. We are and we did enjoy these quaint shops and talking with owners and visitors. Fishtown Preservation Society has done an excellent job maintain...  more »
  • Unfortunately, we arrived the day after the legendary Carlson’s Fishery closed for the season, and most of the other shops had followed suit – so we did not get to see the full effect or get to try any of the smoked fish but we had a wonderful time none-the-less. It was quite deserted allowing us to have the place pretty much to ourselves which was pretty nice and a first for me as the boardwalks are usually heavily congested. The Fishtown Preservation Society’s office was still open and offered a museum style history lesson display. A nice woman working inside explained the reason the fishery and everything was closed was because the fishing season itself was done for the year. She gave a great history lesson and explained how very few commercial fishing licenses were left in the state and the several of those are operated out of Historic Fishtown. Carlson’s was breaking down and scrubbing their two smoke houses. Despite their effort, the sweet smoky smell still lingered heavily in the air…taunting us with a deliciousness that was no longer available for sale. The Manitou Transit Authority sits at the end of the boardwalk on Lake Michigan. This adorable shanty provides transportation to North Manitou and South Manitou Islands for day visits and camping trips. It did not appear to be open on our visit but sure looked cute sitting there waiting to take you to the deserted islands Make sure you check out this quaint little spot along Lake Michigan in Leland, Michigan during the Spring, Summer of Fall, you will not regret it. Taylor Schell Martinez of the Traveling Martinezes.
  • Nice little fish area with shops and a ferry to Manitou islands.
  • Love this small part of history! Great shopping and restaurants.