Grand Haven, Michigan

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

A visit to Grand Haven can be a bit overwhelming. There is just so much to take in. One list includes 100 miles of trails, multiple beaches, dozens of nature areas, two lighthouses, a fishing pier, campgrounds and a boardwalk.


The story of the tri-cities, Grand Haven, Fruitport, and Spring Lake is recounted through the exhibits and treasures carefully maintained inside the historical museum and hints to some of the other best kept secrets of the area can be found inside as well. 50,000 people visit the museum every year. In addition to the main museum, there is the coal tower. The Grand Trunk Western Coaling tower was built in 1925. It is the only one of its kind standing in Michigan that is available to the public. The site also has a restored steam engine, box car and a caboose.

Visitors flock to this summer destination with its great shops and dining spots however, unlike other many other towns, Grand Haven is a favorite for winter day trips too. Downtown has a remarkable underground heating system that keeps the sidewalks and streets free of snow and ice. The easy walking experience is enhanced by the historic structures and turn of the century architecture.

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is another unique feature near the downtown district. It is the largest of its kind and was the largest fountain in the world until the Bellagio Fountains were constructed in Las Vegas. During the season, 20-minute synchronized water and light shows, with music, are scheduled at sunset.