Northport is the northern most village in the Leelanau Peninsula, dating back to 1849. Being located on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay, the village of Northport has over two miles of water frontage with an incredible marina. This quaint little village also boasts beautiful parks (check out Old Mill Pond for great fishing and picnicking), unique shops filled with great gift ideas, and an award-winning golf course.
If you're looking for a sandy beach, visit the 200 feet of sand at South Beach along the Grand Traverse Bay. It's located just south of the marina along Bay Street. There are public restrooms, a volleyball court, picnic tables, and a beautiful setting for a great swim. Because of it's location on the leeward side of the peninsula, the water is shallow and the waves are light, making it a great beach for kids. You can also hit the beach at Haserot Park, Northport's municipal beach that's located right downtown. Make sure to take a stroll along the pier and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of lake living.
Keep going north out of Northport and you'll hit Leelanau State Park. Located at the very tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, this park has 1,300 beautiful acres, and a massive white sandy beach. Within Leelanau State Park, you'll find the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. The lighthouse opened in 1858 and operated until 1972. Take a peak inside and climb to the top of the lighthouse for an unbelievable view of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay.