Grand Haven Travel Guide

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Grand Haven Things to Do

  • Bicycling

    Grand Haven is a paradise for the men in tights.There are miles and miles of bike paths stretching from Grand Haven to Holland and Spring Lake.Most of the paths are pretty scenic on Lake shore drive and around the beach.Stop by Harbor island if you want to see some birds or deer.

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  • Boating

    It's pretty hard to beat Grand Haven for boating in the summer time.For fishing,Grand Haven is one of the best in Michigan,trolling salmon,catching perch.fishing walleye in the river,bass and bluegill in the bayous.If you just like pleasure boating,head upriver to Spring Lake and kick back in the sun.If you like tying up to other boats there are...

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  • For Railroad lovers

    Grand Haven was an active port along Lake Michigan. Industry built here and the river acted as a passageway inland. Later the railroads arrived. Grand Haven has kept the memory of their railroads alive down at the local park. Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive #1223 [Class N-1, 2-8-4] Berkshire Type. Built in 1941, it weights 400 tons and holds 22...

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  • Rosy Mound County Park

    Rosy Mound Natural Area is a hidden jewel along Michigan's Shoreline. Rosy Mound is a tree covered dune that is just off the parking lot. It is easily reached by a hardened trail. While there are no steps to the bottom of the Mound , the trail is at the upper end of wheel chair accessiblility. [20% slope] The Acorn Trail is a 1/2 mile fully...

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  • The Lighthouse

    Every port town has it's own unique lighthouse. Each may share features from other areas, but each is unique in it's use of features. Grand Haven's light is a dual light.

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  • Get over it (the bridges)

    Grand Haven in located on the Grand River, where it splits into a variety of islands. To get about, there are a number of bridges, which I find interesting. The best way to see both bridges is to get on to Harbor Island Drive. It is accessible from US 31 from either direction. US 31 or North Beacon Blvd is the main road north and south. It leaps...

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Grand Haven Hotels

  • Best Western Beacon Inn

    1525 S Beacon Blvd, Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Rodeway Inn

    1010 S. Beacon Blvd, (formerly Fountain Inn), Grand Haven, Michigan, 49417, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Days Inn Grand Haven

    1500 S Beacon Blvd, Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

Grand Haven Restaurants

  • Pizza Heaven

    This pizza probably tastes like no other pizza around.Its not a heavy over cheezed pizza but a thin and full of flavor one.The resturant looks like your grandmothers house on the outside.Except for the line outside the door.Relaxed atmosphere.Jeans or shorts are a must.Great place to meet friends and have a beer and a pizza.Definately a Grand Haven...

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  • Corn dog?

    The pronto pup has been in Grand Haven I believe since the 1930's.It's like a corn dog only not as sweet.From the start of the season til close you'll have to wait in line.One of those places that will never be out of business.I never had a better dippin dog. There is only one.

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  • Wet Burrito

    The Tip a Few is downtown Grand Haven near the waterfront.Great bar with reasonable prices.There famous for the wet buritto.Its the kind of place I look for when Im out of town.Locals go there year round.The inside is rear 60s early seventys looking.The mexican food is great.Bring an appetite if you order the buritto.If you like mixed drinks,they...

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Grand Haven Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking tickets

    If you visit Grand Haven and have a few too many drinks and decide its better to not drive then feel welcome to leave your car in a city lot and return to a parking ticket in the morning.Well maybe you should just drive oh yeahthen theyll pop you for drunk driving.Well wait there are some park and ride tickets you can pick up at the bar or...

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  • Noise ordinance

    If you own a Scarab type boat with loud exhaust,you might want to skip the port of Grand Haven.The patrol boats have decibal meters and will turn you back to the lake if its too loud.So much for tourism.

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  • Piers

    Our piers aren't piers at all, they are called rockpiles, they are great fun to walk on, but dont jump off, there are rocks that serve as the piers foundation (hence the name rockpile) that often cant be seen, and even on calm days people have been killed. IN SEVERE WEATHER STAY OFF THE PIERS. (DO NOT JUMP) If you must jump, only jump in calm...

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Grand Haven Off The Beaten Path

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    by przybo Written Aug 3, 2005

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    This is a great place to see a more natural view of Lake Michigan. Sure, Grand Haven State Park is the place to go for people watching, but Rosy Mound is a nice quiet retreat. It's got over a mile of trails and is only a few miles south of G.H. on Lakeshore Drive.

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    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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Grand Haven Favorites

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    by Kodi01 Updated Mar 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: We are planning a vt meeting in Grand Haven in June or first of July.

    Attendies will be:

    Kodi01 (me)
    Parrothead
    Don_Wright
    LadyJane1 (not confirmed)
    Waalweiner
    and Damn Nice Guy (although he does not know it yet...hehe ( he is on 4 month vacation)

    Fondest memory: The white sand beaches and numerous festivals.

    Picture taken by Parrothead.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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