Day Sail from Traverse City with Food, Wine, & Cocktails

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Traverse City, US
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Traverse City, US
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Experience Wind Dancer's fully immersive 2.5-hour day sail on the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Help sail the 63-ft schooner while indulging in a delicious picnic lunch, snacks, and locally crafted beverages. Sit at the helm and learn about the region's natural and cultural history as the wind brushes against your skin and the vibrant colors of the water mesmerize you. The friendly captain and crew cater to your needs while you relax and enjoy the majestic views. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the bay, savor the flavors of locally sourced food and drinks, and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Book now and embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure that will leave you feeling invigorated and rejuvenated.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Beautiful sail on a 63-ft schooner
  • Locally-sourced food and drinks
  • Help raise the sails and sit at the helm
  • Relax and take in the amazing colors of the water
  • Taste the fresh food and drink from the area
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hands-on sailing.

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Experience the Wind Dancer's fully immersive Day Sail from Traverse City with Food, Wine, & Cocktails, and embark on a journey that will leave you captivated by the beauty of Grand Traverse Bay. This unique tour offers a 2.5-hour sailing excursion where you can learn about sailing and participate in raising the sails, all while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch, snacks, and beverages including locally crafted beers, wines, and ciders. Let the Captain and the experienced crew take care of your needs as you relax and soak in the majestic views of the bay.

What to Expect?

During this unforgettable tour, you can anticipate a total duration of 150 minutes immersed in the beauty of the Grand Traverse Bay. Step onboard the 63-ft schooner and feel the thrill of sailing as you explore the bay. This family-friendly sail provides locally-sourced food and drinks, allowing you to indulge in the flavors of the region. From raising the sails to sitting at the helm, you'll have the opportunity to engage and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. As you sail, enjoy the stunning colors of the water, feel the invigorating wind on your skin, and savor the tantalizing tastes of fresh food and drinks sourced from local farms and shops.

Who is This For?

This exhilarating experience is tailored for anyone seeking a unique adventure on the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a memorable outing with family and friends, this tour is perfect for you. The Wind Dancer's Day Sail is suitable for all ages, making it a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories for families, friends, and even solo travelers. So gather your loved ones and set sail on a remarkable journey that will leave you with unforgettable moments and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the bay.

Why Book This?

By booking the Wind Dancer's Day Sail, you gain access to a truly immersive experience on the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Unlike any other tour, this excursion allows you to actively participate in sailing the 63-ft schooner. You'll not only learn about the art of sailing but also gain insights into the natural and cultural history of the region. Indulge your senses with delicious picnic fare, locally-sourced food, and a wide range of beverages including wines, beers, and ciders. The attentive captain and crew ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the journey, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the mesmerizing views. Make this booking and be prepared to witness the bay’s beauty in a way you've never imagined.

Good to Know

It's important to note that the meeting point for this extraordinary experience is the kiosk next to the bay, located adjacent to the parking lot. Look for the only kiosk that is adjacent to the lot and next to the bay to check-in. The duration of this tour is approximately 180 minutes, offering ample time for you to embrace the serenity of Grand Traverse Bay. The end point of the tour is back at the kiosk next to the parking lot. So, get ready to embark on this unforgettable adventure and create cherished memories as you sail through the picturesque waters of Grand Traverse Bay.


Those who have had the pleasure of experiencing the Wind Dancer's Day Sail rave about the captivating adventures and breathtaking views. Travelers express their delight in being able to actively participate in sailing the schooner, immersing themselves in the seafaring life. They admire the knowledgeable crew who share fascinating stories about the natural and cultural history of the region. Guests praise the variety of delicious food and beverages provided, commending the use of locally sourced ingredients. With exceptional service and awe-inspiring scenery, past adventurers have left with hearts filled, memories cherished, and a yearning to return to Grand Traverse Bay.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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Grand Traverse Bay

Enjoy a beautiful sail on a 63-ft schooner around the Grand Traverse Bay. This family-friendly sail includes locally-sourced food and drinks. Help raise the sails and sit at the helm while you learn about the natural and cultural history of the region. You are pampered by the captain and crew while you relax and take in the amazing colors of the water, feel the wind on your skin and taste the food and drink fresh from the farms and shops of the area.



5 (95)


Enjoyed the sail . Had a wonderful time. The Captain and crew were awesome. Very knowledgeable and hospitable. Thought the lunch and snack tins were a unique and wonderful way to serve lunch and snacks. You rock in Traverse.


The wind dancer was an amazing experience! We were able to learn about grand traverse bay and some history from the captain and crew. The team was incredibly inclusive and even allowed us to be part of the action with hoisting the sails! We loved the local food and beverages as well!


Great 4 hour excursion! Captain Nate, Chris and Mike were all excellent. Great cocktails and food that were all locally sourced. Travelled by myself and still had a great time talking with other passengers and crew. Highly recommend!


I think I’ve met my match from sky to water! This female owned boating company has a flare for perfect passenger care, AND she loves to mentor up and coming captains! best part of our trip thus far!!! #traversecity #sailingadventure #wanderingwarricks


Captain John took us out to Power Island and told great stories about the area. We had a blast and learned a lot! Views were amazing and the water was perfect. Definitely jump off the dock!


We really enjoyed the chance to sail on Lake Michigan in a ship that represents the class of sailing ships that were the unsung heroes of the age of sail. (Schooners) The crew knew exactly how to sail the Wind Dancer, and we also enjoyed hearing about the history of this particular boat.


Took my Son sailing for the first time. Perfect experience. The crew not only took care of business when it came to navigating the sailing, it was the interactions with them all that made the day. Once you started to get to know them, it was evident that each of them loved what they do, had a deep knowledge of their craft and deep history of local and ecological history. When I say history, they were discussing 200,000 year old events impacting the terrain today. We got lucky with a perfect weather day, but any day would be an enjoyable experience if you open your mind to the world of sailing.


We took a 2 hour pontoon ride tour with some friends with captain John. He was so knowledgeable of the area and such a nice guy. We really enjoyed our afternoon. Would definitely recommend and using captain John! SO fun


A wonderful experience. We did the lunch sail and had a great time. The crew Charlie, Chris, and Dan were all wonderful. The drinks and food were all from local establishments. We had wine, beer, cocktails. A very nice selection. For lunch there was a choice of sandwiches.


The team was super friendly and had fun demeanors. Unfortunately we were unable to go out due to weather, but the crew made every effort to get us on the water without being reckless. I appreciated the safety call and the team was quick to issue us a full refund.
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