Explore a lumberjack's mansions, carve a path across the sand dunes, ride a roller coaster, go for gold on the luge chute, and get out on the water on two historic Navy vessels.

By Adam Rogan
January 07, 2018
PJ Hoffmaster State Park

What to do

Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts See ballets, concerts, plays and other performances in the Frauenthal Center, restored to its 1929 Moorish-style glamour. frauenthal.org

Great Lakes Guide Service Expert boaters help you catch the biggest fish. Bring your prize to Mango's restaurant, and they'll prepare it for you. glguideservice.com

Hackley and Hume Historic Site Side-by-side Victorian mansions, the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, impress visitors with ornate gingerbread (the original owners were a lumber baron and his business partner), turrets, stained glass and rooms restored to look like they did 100 years ago. akeshoremuseum.org

Hackley and Hume Historic Site

Lake Express Ferry If you're arriving from the west, the ferry will take your car across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Muskegon. lake-express.com

Lakeshore Bike Trail About 12 miles of paved trails give bikers and walkers a glimpse of Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake and the city. visitmuskegon.org

Mac Wood's Dune Rides Aabout 45 minutes north of Muskegon in Mears, open-air vehicles carry guests on a 40-minute roller-coaster-like ride across the dunes. macwoodsdunerides.com

Mac Wood's Dune Rides

Michigan's Adventure The price of admission includes land and water rides. Catch a wave, plunge down a water slide and ride the state's fastest wooden roller coaster at Muskegon's amusement park. New in 2017: seven more children's water slides and a splash pad. miadventure.com

Monet Garden Volunteer master gardeners turned a vacant lot into a peaceful, flower-filled spot named for the famed gardens in France. lakeshoregardenmasters.org

Muskegon Museum of Art Mary Cassatt and Edward Hooper are among the artists whose works are on display in this century-old museum. muskegonartmuseum.org

Muskegon State Park Winter Sports Complex Find one of the three luge tracks in the U.S. here in Muskegon State Park. For a fee, learn to ride down the 775-foot chute. During summer, try out the cheaper, shorter warm-weather track. msports.org

Luging at Muskegon State Park Winter Sports Complex

PJ Hoffmaster State Park Some of the highest dunes along the lake are begging to be climbed here. Wash off the sand with a dip in Lake Michigan. michigandnr.com

Hiking at PJ Hoffmaster State Park

Port City Princess The family-owned business offers sunset, dinner-dance, lunch, hidden history and other cruises. portcityprincesscruises.com

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum Tour one of the last two LSTs (landing ship, tanks) of the 1,051 built during World War II. lst393.org

USS Silversides Submarine Museum See a World War II submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter permanently moored along Muskegon's waterfront. silversidesmuseum.org

Where to eat

The Cheese Lady Try the Pringle-like "Potato Chip Gouda" or go for the punny Ewephoria, made from sheep's' milk. thecheeselady.net

Hennessy's Irish Pub Live music and plenty of Guinness to go around. Beer comes out in both pints and mixed into several of the entrees and apps. hennessyspub.com

The Sweet Spot Try pastries from tomorrow's culinary innovators. The cafe is part of the Culinary Institute of Michigan, and students in the Baking and Pastry program create the treats. sweetspotcim.com

Where to stay

Shoreline Inn and Conference Center Muskegon's only waterfront hotel gives guests great views of Muskegon Lake and the adjoining marina. shorelineinn.com

For more information, visit visitmuskegon.org