Grand Haven Pier and Lighthouse
At the end of a huge concrete foundation that juts out into the blue waters of Lake Michigan, a tall red lighthouse stands as a central image of the Grand Haven area. Established in 1839, the Grand Haven Pier is a must-visit destination during your visit. Stroll the boardwalk and browse shops and galleries before walking the beautifully lighted catwalk down to the picturesque lighthouse for a stunning sunset. Don't forget to bring your camera as some of the most amazing snapshots of Grand Haven are captured here!
Things To Do
Swimming: Walk hand in hand down the clean and well-maintained shoreline of the Grand Haven State Park before cooling off in the refreshing waters! Splash around in the waves, build sand castles, and sunbathe! Just don't forget to bring the sunscreen! Biking: With over 100 miles of biking paths, Grand Haven is a hub for cyclists. Pedal along the shoreline on one of the many trails off Lakeshore Drive and enjoy some of the best scenery the town has to offer while you do! Free bike route maps can be picked up at the Visitors Bureau Office. Fishing: A number of charter boats are available to take you on the water for a fun day of fishing. You can even fish right off the pier or access the water yourself with the public boat launch! Common fish found in the area include chinook salmon, bass, bluegill, perch, and trout. Enjoy all things salmon at the annual Salmon Festival held in September! Get Active: If you're feeling athletic, work up a sweat with a fun game of beach volleyball using one of the nets located on the beach. Or, if you'd prefer, burn some calories by playing sand soccer. Tournaments for both activities are held annually, so plan your visit accordingly if you want to join in on the competitive fun! Surfing: Whether you are a novice or an experienced surfer, Grand Haven State Park offers spectacular surfing opportunities. When the waves aren't big enough to surf, try skim boarding, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, or even wake boarding. The Wet Mitten Surf Shop, located right on the boardwalk, offers surfing lessons, rentals, and equipment sales.
Where to Stay
Grand Haven State Park Campground: Offering 174 modern, paved campsites, you can stay right in the park if you wish. Electrical services are available as well as a sanitation station. Reservations can be made easily online. Grand Haven Campground: This pet-friendly campground offers 282 shady campsites with on-site trash pickup and a propane fill station. Enjoy a large heated pool, mini golf, and an indoor arcade. Depending on when you stay, you might also be able to catch a film on their giant movie screen! Eastpointe RV Resort: Offering riverfront sites, this luxurious campground is only a short walk to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. All sites include a picnic table/campfire ring, sewer/water hookup, and cable/Wi-Fi. Other amenities on-site include a fitness center, a pool and hot tub, as well as a river walk for hiking, biking, and fishing! Campers Paradise: Located less than 2 minutes from Grand Haven State Park, this campground has 107 sites which offer electric, water, restrooms, and a dump station. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the campground so you can stay connected while you enjoy the outdoors.
Grand Haven Musical Fountain: Enjoy a synchronized display of waterworks, lights, and music at this iconic Grand Haven attraction, built in 1962. In one typical show, over 90,000 gallons of water are processed, making it the largest musical fountain in the world! Harbor Trolley Tour: Take a narrated tour through the town to experience the history and culture of this incredible city. The trolley runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, seven days a week from 11am - 10pm! Fares are under two dollars per person, depending on age. The trolley is also a great mode of transportation to get to shops and restaurants! Drink & Dine: Whether you are looking for classy waterside patios with prime rib and sushi or street stand delicacies wrapped in wax paper or served on a stick, Grand Haven has plenty of options to satisfy every appetite! Have breakfast at the charming Morning Star Cafe, grab an area-famous Pronto Pup for lunch, and have a mouthwatering dinner at The Kirby House, which is said to be haunted! End your day with a drink at one of the many bars or microbreweries in the area.
Though the park perfectly captures the essence of summer fun, it also transforms into a winter wonderland that offers a variety of snow-centered activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding too! To enter the park you will need a Michigan Resident Recreation Passport, which costs $11 annually (usually obtained during license plate renewal). For non-residents, recreational passports are $9 daily or $31 annually. If you want to see what summer is really all about, head to the Grand Haven State Park and enjoy the soft sand between your toes and the warm sun above your head! Have you visited Grand Haven before? Tell us what you like about the area in the comments!