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Family Friendly Activities In Grand Haven

Grand Haven is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the State of Michigan. It offers numerous opportunities as far as things to do and sightseeing departments are concerned. If you saw our last post on things to do in Traverse City, you will start to see a trend. We love helping people find things to do that are outdoorsy and fun. Whatever time of the year you choose to vacation in the Grand Haven Area, you can be sure to be spoiled with choices of fun things to do. The location of Grand Haven on the West Coast of Lake Michigan, where the Grand River mouth and the harbor are also found favors the area in many ways and makes it an ideal destination for vacations. Whether you like cycling, skiing, hiking, boating or even adrenaline adventures, you wouldn’t miss an opportunity to enjoy such activities while vacationing in the Grand Haven Area.

So what specifically can you expect to do or see in the Grand Haven Area? Provided below are some of the best suggestions guaranteed to make your vacation the most memorable ever.


Go and see the iconic Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier



You can’t be in Grand Haven for a vacation and fail to go and see the Grand Haven Lighthouse because it’s probably the most iconic attraction in the area. The structure is pretty and walking along allows you to enjoy spectacular views stretching miles away. Plenty of parking space is always available at this location. The Grand Haven south pier boasts of two lighthouses, the outer light built in 1875 and the inner light built in 1905. The catwalk connects the two lighthouses is lighted and runs to the shore along the pier.


Visit the Grand Haven State Park and discover lots of fun things to do on its beautiful sandy waterfront and campsites

grand haven state park



Good Morning America – Travel Mom, recognized Grand Haven State Park for one of the top 5 beaches in the US. The park’s sandy shore on Lake Michigan is stunningly beautiful. The favorable summer temperatures make most of the waterfront locations ideal for a variety of fun activities including jet skiing, boating, wind surfing, swimming, sailing and fishing among others. An annual kite festival is also one of the most popular activities here. There is a campground near the pier and the lighthouses, with about 174 campsites within the entire park, all with direct views of the lighthouses since the park isn’t wooded but mostly sandy.

Stay for the evening Musical Fountain to enjoy its charming displays

Grand Haven Musical Fountain

With its synchronized displays of water and lights, the Musical Fountain set on a huge hill on one side of the channel is one of the most fascinating attractions in Grand Haven. After enjoying an evening pier walk or winding up your day’s fun activities at Lake Michigan, staying around to wait for the Musical Fountain show is definitely worth it. The music and lights action themed displays attracts people of all ages and has become a popular tradition enjoyed for almost than 30 years. It’s always the best way to end summer evenings on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven.

Visit the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for some interesting Michigan history from back in time

The museum gives you one of the best ways to spend your morning or afternoon especially when it’s raining. It is located in Grand Haven but keeps track of the Northwest Ottawa County’s history including its three cities. The other two of the tri-cities are Ferrysburg and Spring Lake. The museum presents to the public some of the oldest history in Michigan in very interesting ways using its displays and 2 different buildings. Permanent exhibits are kept downstairs while the moving ones are upstairs. Every season brings different exhibits including geological and Victorian times.


Enjoy stunning views at the Lighthouse Connector Park

This public park provides a green space which is very clean and easily connects you to the pier or to the downtown. You can enjoy a boardwalk by the water or even the sidewalk from downtown all the way to the pier and lighthouses. From the Lighthouse Connector Park you can easily access many shops and restaurants. You can as well relax there to watch people and boats, or enjoy the beautiful views of the Grand River, Lake Michigan, the beach, lighthouses, and if you stay in the evening the views of the amazing Musical Fountain on the hill.


Take a boat tour to explore Grand Haven from the waters of Lake Michigan or the Grand River

Whether you are looking for a romantic cruise, private tour or any other boat trip experience, you can choose from any of the three popular boat tours in Grand Haven, Celtic Sol, Crystal Blue or Hot Spot Charters. Boat trips are the best ways of seeing Lake Michigan and spectacular views of Grand Haven and its attractions. The boat operators are knowledgeable people that can help you discover most of the local hot spots and the history behind them.