DescriptionAt the mouth of the Grand River, Grand Haven benefits equally from its busy port and from the tourists attracted to the beaches, bayous, rolling dunes and wooded hills along Lake Michigan, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg. According to geologists, this is one of the few areas where singing sand is found. When walked upon the tiny sand particles emit a peculiar musical whistle.
At the waterfront is a 2.5-mile boardwalk that winds along the Grand River, ending at the Grand Haven Lighthouse and beach. Popular beach areas include Grand Haven State Park, 1 mile west, and P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 10 miles northwest off US 31. Grand Haven State Park hosts the Great Lakes Kite Festival in late May; the beach event benefits the Children's Leukemia Foundation.
A large musical fountain on Dewey Hill at the waterfront combines light, water and music in nightly concerts held at dusk, Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends only the rest of May and September. During the holiday season it appears as a 40-foot nativity scene and offers evening performances during December.
Trolley car routes through Grand Haven offer convenient access to area attractions and a pleasant way to tour the town. The Harbor Trolley operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For views from the water there are sailing charters on Lake Michigan. Peak fall color occurs early to mid-October.
Visitor InfoGrand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 225 Franklin Ave. GRAND HAVEN, MI 49417. Phone:(616)842-4499 or (800)303-4092
ShoppingGrand Haven's waterfront features a historic shopping district. The city also has an open-air farmers market and Harbourfront Place, a renovated piano factory building containing shops.
Things to SeeTri-Cities Historical Museum—Akeley Building