4 Grand Haven Attractions You Must See

Named after and located at the mouth of the Grand River on Lake Michigan, Grand Haven is the county seat of Ottawa County, Michigan. Nicknamed "Coast Guard City USA," the city is a resort and a fishing and boating community. With more than 100 miles of bike trails, a boardwalk, 2 lighthouses, a pier, a wharf, a state beach and a Great Lakes port, visitors staying in a Grand Haven bed and breakfast won't run out of things to do and attractions to see. BBonline has compiled a list of 4 such attractions that will no doubt make your Grand Haven inn stay memorable.

Grand Haven State Park
1001 Harbor Ave
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
(616) 847-1309

Grand Haven State Park is a 48-acre park along the coast of Lake Michigan with the Grand River to its north. With sandy beach as its highlight, the park features 174 campsites on pavement, picnic areas and playground equipment. The park likewise offers picturesque views of the Grand Haven pier, maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and a lighthouse maintained by the US Coast Guard. The pier is linked to a boardwalk that extends towards the town center and its many shops and restaurants.

Grand Haven Musical Fountain

Lying on Dewey Hill on the north shore of the Grand River, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain was designed by a local engineer named William Morris Booth II, based on a Przystawic musical fountain in Germany. Built in 1962 by volunteers, it was the largest musical fountain in the world during its construction. Today, shows that last for 20 to 25 minutes run nightly from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the months of May and September, weekend shows take place.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
(616) 842-0700

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Haven, the Tri-Cities Historical Museum focuses on the heritage of Northwest Ottawa County, which includes the communities of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven and Spring Lake. Occupying both the former Grand Trunk Railroad Depot since 1972 and the Akeley Building since 2004, the museum features artifacts and exhibits that tell the stories of people and places that have shaped the area's history. During summertime, the museum is open from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday. During winter, the opening hours are the same but the closing hour is at 5 pm. There is no admission charge.

The E. P. Ferry House
514 Lafayette Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
(616) 846-4694

The Ferry House, as it is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, was constructed in 1872 by Edward Payson Ferry, a local banker and lumberman. Built in the Italianate style, the house features high ceilings, hardwood flooring, plaster ceiling medallions, cornice moldings and impressive woodwork. It has a spacious living room, formal dining room, a family room, a guest bedroom and a library on the main level and a walnut staircase that leads to a large master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a laundry. The house is surrounded by a landscaped garden with a fountain and a porch for entertaining guests.