Grand Haven is a great place for families to spend a day, weekend or an entire vacation! The city is situated alongside Lake Michigan with the Grand River to the north, creating excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, relaxing on the beach and all sorts of other outdoor recreational activities.

The boardwalk is the perfect place to walk and bike. There are multiple ice cream vendors, snack shops, retail stores, a marina, charter fishing boats and the world’s largest musical fountain. For a sure-to-please kids’ activity, look no further than Chinook Pier’s putt putt course. And, there is even a small park tucked between the river and an antique steam engine, Pere Marquette 1223.

Just across the street from the waterfront is Downtown Grand Haven, which boasts a wide range of restaurants, retail shops, art galleries and service businesses. The Hilltop and Centertown are only a short walk away, with even more art exhibits to view, pubs, eateries, Lakeshore Yoga Center, several book stores and more.

Downtown Grand Haven also hosts events throughout the year, with most offering activities for kids of all ages. The Coast Guard Festival is a big hit with families. So is Grand Haven ArtWalk, which holds an annual youth art competition along with a family art day and other related events. If you are looking for a fantastic family place, look no further than Downtown Grand Haven!