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Grand Haven

Lighthouses twinkle over the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan and parks stretch out along the Grand River in this charming historical city. 

Grand Haven is famous for its freshwater beaches. Spend warm days relaxing on the sand or dining in the Marina restaurants. This is the perfect destination for a laid-back summer vacation.

Walk along the boardwalk that juts out onto Lake Michigan at the mouth of the river. Take photos with the picturesque red lighthouses in the background and move closer for a better look. Visit in winter to see the structures covered in wind-blown ice formations.

Put on a swimsuit and go down to the water’s edge to find out why Grand Haven’s beaches have won so many national awards. Watch surfers catch a wave at Grand Haven State Park or relax on the natural beaches of Kirk Park.

Join a sailing tour to enjoy the sunshine and scenery on the lake and cruise down the river on a small motorboat. Catch your dinner on a fishing charter or do some stand-up paddleboarding. For greater thrills try kiteboarding or guided scuba diving.

Venture into town to admire old architecture and participate in traditional activities. Ride the historic trolleybus that rumbles through town from the Chinook Pier and catch the narrative tour to learn about the city’s history and landmarks.

Stroll through town for shopping at numerous gift stores. Eat freshly caught fish and visit the microbreweries to sample local beer. Walk past the musical fountain in the evening to see the interesting light display.

Time your vacation to coincide with one of the festivals. Pick up Christmas gifts, fine artworks and crafts at the Grand Haven Art Festival in summer. Bring kids to see the Jingle Bell Parade at Christmas time.

Grand Haven provides an unforgettable backdrop to a family vacation.

Enjoy even more activities, with mountain biking, trekking, wine tasting and canoeing available in and around the city.

Top Hotels in Grand Haven

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Haven
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Haven
2.5 out of 5
1500 South Beacon Boulevard, Grand Haven, MI
The price is $71 per night

Situated in Grand Haven, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Grand Haven Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Grand Haven State Park. Kirk Park and Hoffmaster State ...

3.7/5Good! (504 reviews)

"Clean and quiet, great location, not far from the beach."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Grand Haven
Best Western Beacon Inn
Best Western Beacon Inn
2.5 out of 5
1525 S Beacon Boulevard, Grand Haven, MI
The price is $85 per night

Situated in Grand Haven, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Grand Haven Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Grand Haven State Park. Kirk Park and Hoffmaster State ...

4.2/5Very Good! (587 reviews)

"I found our rooms to be especially clean and tidy amongst this unfortunate pandemic time and this was a huge relief and much appreciated! We had an outside room with a terrace with a lovely view of the courtyard. This was very nice as there was no need to enter the main building and go through the ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Best Western Beacon Inn
Rodeway Inn
Rodeway Inn
2 out of 5
1010 S Beacon Blvd, Grand Haven, MI
The price is $59 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Grand Haven Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Grand Haven State Park. Kirk Park and Hoffmaster State Park ...

3.5/5Good! (606 reviews)

"It was a place to sleep. Spent most of the day gone, on the beach. It was clean. Ppl were nice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Rodeway Inn

Popular places to visit in Grand Haven

Grand Haven Beach
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Grand Haven Beach

4.5/5(188 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Grand Haven Beach, a popular beach in Grand Haven. Stroll along the lakeside or experience the festivals in this family-friendly area.

Grand Haven State Park
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Grand Haven State Park

4.5/5(109 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Grand Haven State Park and enjoy the adventure tours in Grand Haven. Wander the lakeside and beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Michigan's Adventure
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Michigan's Adventure

4.5/5(68 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Michigan's Adventure and find out why people love this theme park in Muskegon. Stroll along the lakeside in this family-friendly area, or seek out the adventure tours.

Downtown Market
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Downtown Market

4.5/5(353 reviews)

When you visit Downtown Market, a favorite shopping spot in Grand Rapids, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Gerald R. Ford Museum
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Gerald R. Ford Museum

4.5/5(146 reviews)

Take a holographic tour of Ford’s White House and see a piece of the Berlin Wall in this tribute to the 38th president in the town where he was raised.

Holland State Park
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Holland State Park

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Two beaches on separate lakes is a nice feature of this park. Choose the beach that might have waves, or the other which is more serene: it depends on the wind.

Top things to do in Grand Haven

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Hot hot Chengdu foodie tour very popular food with guide
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Hot hot Chengdu foodie tour very popular food with guide

$92
Per adult

Reviews of Grand Haven

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.21138211382114%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.878048780487805%
2 - Disappointing
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

they have bugs

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

I just want to return in summer

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

I Love Grand Haven!!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Oct 1, 2019

We would not return to a Baymont Property again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

Grand Haven is a lovely community with a fun and active downtown.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

It's a beautiful place to visit. The addition of new shops has added to the draw of visiting the area. I highly recommend getting away and visiting this beautiful, peaceful spot.

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