Grand Haven is one of Michigan’s most popular summer towns for good reason: there’s something to keep everyone happy. The obvious vacation choice is to spend summer days on the beach at Lake Michigan. If you’re hoping to stay active, Grand Haven boasts great parks and trails for biking and hiking. There are endless shops to browse in the downtown area for great shopping. And, if you’re flexing your foodie muscles, look forward to restaurants with some of the best dishes you’ve ever tried.
Just a quick drive to the west side of the state, Grand Haven is perfect for families as well as a couples’ getaway. Here’s the best of Grand Haven not to be missed on your next trip to the shores of Lake Michigan.
3 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
Fricano’s Pizza Tavern | 1400 Fulton St, 616-842-8640
The most simplistic and delicious pizza, serving only six toppings and one size. There’s always a wait for dine-in or carryout and they don’t take credit cards.
3 FAVORITE FREE ATTRACTIONS
Imagination Station at Mulligan’s Hollow | Mulligan Drive
A huge wooden playscape great for kids and the perfect thing to do when it’s not beach weather.
FAVORITE PAID ATTRACTIONS
The Harbor Trolley | Chinook Pier
Hop on anywhere in the city for a narrated tour. Note this one for later as the trolley is currently not operating due to COVID-19.
Charter a Boat
Take a cruise on Lake Michigan to see the scenic coastline.
FAVORITE PLACES TO STAY
AirBnB Off the Beaten Path
Staying off the main area gives everyone a break from the summer busyness of downtown.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR SWEET TREATS
FAVORITE PLACE FOR SOUVENIRS
FAVORITE PHOTO OP
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
Any time of day is a great time to stroll the pier and check out the lighthouse, but if you can wait for the sunset, it makes for a great photo.
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
BONUS TIPS TO GRAND HAVEN
- Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes.
- Visit the first two weeks of July for the Coast Guard Festival.
- Spend a day at the Rosy Mound Natural Area hiking, swimming, or biking.
- Shopping in Downtown Grand Haven is great for the boutiques and unique small businesses.