Grand Haven's beach, lighthouse, musical fountain, Wind Dancer boat ride and lakefront grub make this town a must-stop along the Lake Michigan shore.

By By Adam Rogan
January 07, 2018
Grand Haven

What to do

Grand Haven State Park The 48-acre recreation area has a popular sandy beach and views of the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse. Come for fishing, sunbathing, volleyball and swimming.

South Pier, Grand Haven

Grand Haven Musical Fountain Colorful jets of water dance to music by the likes of Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin in a 25-minute show on summer nights.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum Explore a frontiersman's log cabin or a birch bark Wicciup as you learn about the culture and history of northwest Ottawa County.

Wind Dancer Party on the lake on this 63-foot schooner. Take a daytime ride, a sunset cruise, or rent it out for a private party.

Where to eat

Fricano's Pizza Thin-crust pizza topped with a blend of Wisconsin cheeses has been a local fave since 1949.

The Kirby House This former hotel in Grand Haven shelters a trio of restaurants. Try the local cheese with seasonal chutney at the Grill Room.

Morning Star Cafe The Southwestern-style breakfast and lunch spot in Grand Haven bakes its own foccacia, biscuits and pastries. Morning Star Cafe on Facebook

Morning Star Cafe Owner William Passinault with Stuffed French Toast.

Old Boys' Brewhouse An exceptional budget meal awaits at this Spring Lake stop. Artisanal beers and specialty sodas accompany build-your-own pizzas on brewer's malt crusts.

Pronto Pups Satisfying cravings for corn dogs since 1947, this tiny stand on the Grand Haven boardwalk is the place to grab a bite to eat on your way to the beach or while enjoying the musical fountain.

Pronto Pups

Where to stay

Harbor House Inn Some of the 19 rooms across from Grand Haven's boardwalk come with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and balconies. Start the day with toasted cinnamon bread and other treats, and be sure to look for the inn's signature sweet, a caramel candy, by your bedside at night.

Harbor House Inn

Serendipity Resort Visitors craving privacy enjoy this cottage resort, which includes six vacation homes containing multiple suites each. Guests have access to a heated lagoon-shape pool and a grilling area.