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Grand Haven's Top Ten
Grand Haven's Top Ten

If you are planning a "staycation" this year why not visit the shore of Grand Haven. I have below a list of 10 things to do and see in the beautiful Lake Michigan town of Grand Haven.

10. Nature Education Center - Hemlock Crossing

Opened in 2010, the Nature Education Center located at Hemlock Crossing provides guests and visitors with hands-on access to Ottawa County Park information.  The Center is the gateway to over 7 miles of trails, a nature gift shop, exhibits on natural and cultural history, wildlife den with "critters", and wildlife viewing area, attracting birds and mammals. 

9. Rosy Mound Natural Area

Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views of woods, the dune blowout and Lake Michigan. A unique shade canopy, dune boardwalk trail and pit toilets are located near the beach. Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Rosy Mound is open year ‘round

8. Tri Cities Historical Museums

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum has two locations in the downtown retail district, one housed in the original 1870 Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, the other in the new newly renovated Akeley Building, constructed in 1871. Exhibits range from Coast Guard and maritime to Michigan geology, Native American, the fur trade, lumbering eras plus much more. Gift shop, filled with unique Great Lakes and Michigan-related items, at each location.

7. Bike Paths

There are over 100 miles of bike paths throughout the area. Popular paths and trails run along the Lake Michigan shoreline on Lakeshore Drive between Grand Haven and Holland, circling Spring Lake, and along the Grand River to Eastmanville. Free bike route maps are available at the Visitors Bureau office.

6. Trolley

Harbor Transit offers public transportation services in Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg. The Harbor Trolley operates every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and offers a narrated tour of the area. What a great way to experience some of the history and culture of the area.

5. Charter Fishing

Grand Haven offers one of the largest charter boat fishing fleets on Lake Michigan. Experienced charter fishing boat captains have been navigating Lake Michigan for years. They guide anglers to prime waters for king and coho salmon, brown trout, lake trout, steelhead and perch. These seasoned captains and their crews can provide everything from licenses to lunch-even clean and ice your catch-so all you have to do is come aboard and enjoy the day.

4. The Worlds Largest Musical Fountain

The fountain in Grand Haven is an engineering marvel. It was built in 1962 by private dollars and is still “wowing” the crowds today. In one typical performance the fountain will process over 90,000 gallons of water with a synchronized display of water, lights and music. Enjoy this Grand Haven favorite every summer evening at dusk with special performances during May and September.

3. Beach

Enjoy gorgeous beach sand as far as the eye can see, splash in the waves, or take a book and relax in the sun. The beach is often the main attraction in Grand Haven and offers soft golden sands-so take a stroll, build a sand castle or just sit back and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan. You will want to make us your vacation destination every year. 

2. Boardwalk

The boardwalk is 2 1/2 miles and runs along the harbor, which is lined with shops, restaurants, marinas, and charter fishing boats. While it's a great place for a brisk walk, there are plenty of grassy knolls and benches for idlers who prefer people and boat watching. The boardwalk continues along The Grand River and travels out to Lake Michigan where you can walk the pier and take photos of the lighthouse. Some amazing pictures have been taken at sunset over looking the lighthouse.

And #1....The Lighthouse/Pier

Established in 1839, two lights on the south pier, both painted red, are connected by a lighted catwalk that also connects them to the shore and the Boardwalk. The inner light is cylindrical and the square outer light stands on a huge concrete foundation. People often enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk that borders the Grand River channel and the pier/lighthouse.


I hope you enjoy 10 of the most beautiful places and wonderful places to visit in Grand Haven!!!