On the East Shore of Lake Michigan, enjoy rich history, golden sandy beaches and year-round adventure activities.
Originally inhabited by the American Indians and transformed by the fur and lumber trade, Muskegon County has a fascinating past. Learn all about it at the Lakeshore Museum Center and see some examples of the former lumber trade at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, which features restored 19th-century mansions. Another grand wooden structure is The Blockhouse which gives wonderful views of Lake Michigan.
With several state and county parks and over 60 miles (97 kilometers) of trails, Muskegon County is an outdoor playground. Venture to Muskegon State Park, where you can explore miles of wooded trails through the park and over the signature sand dunes. The park is bordered by the famous Lake Michigan and the local Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake is a great spot for boating and fishing while the shores of Lake Michigan boast gorgeous beaches, including pristine Pere Marquette Beach. This beach is a favorite among both locals and visitors for a variety of recreational activities.
Go from sand to ice at Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, where you can slide down the luge tracks. You have the option of a traditional ice track or a wheeled summer track, the only one of its kind in the United States. The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex also features skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Continue the adrenaline rush on the roller coasters and rides of Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park.
Muskegon is accessible by several major highways, or you can fly in through the Muskegon County Airport or Gerald R. Ford airport, which is located in Grand Rapids. Alternatively you can go for the scenic route and travel from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the Lake Express High Speed Car Ferry. When you get to Muskegon the best way to travel between sights is by car, though it is possible to travel some places by bus.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a family getaway, come and discover the “lake effect” in Muskegon County.