Grand Haven, MI, USA

Grand Haven, MI, USA

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Grand Haven—life on the lake

Stunning views of Lake Michigan are just one of the delights awaiting families who book Grand Haven vacation rentals. This historic community on the mouth of the Grand River rose to prominence as a center of trade and shipbuilding, while the coming of the railway encouraged commercial diversification and its development as a vacation hot spot. Today’s visitors are lured by the city’s beautiful beaches, diverse water sports, acclaimed fishing, and vibrant cultural attractions. Its famous waterfront boardwalk is a perennial hive of activity and its iconic pier provides the backdrop for unforgettable sunsets over Lake Michigan.

Alternative views of Grand Haven

The scenic waterfront is an atmospheric spot to begin your Grand Haven tour. The boardwalk runs along the harbor, past the fishing boats and cruise charters in the buzzing marina, along the river to the lake, eventually winding up at the pier. Discover the sights of downtown on board a traditional trolley, or take a guided walking tour around the heritage landmarks. Bikes are available for hire if you’re eager to fit everything in. Boat trips offer an alternative angle on the city skyline, as well as the chance to absorb the natural beauty of Lake Michigan.

Delving into Grand Haven’s past

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum expands visitors’ knowledge of Grand Haven and the wider region. The museum occupies 2 historic buildings dating from the 1870s, one of which started life as the Grand Trunk Railroad Depot. The collection comprises artifacts and memorabilia that chronicle the social history of this corner of Michigan, from its Native American roots, through early pioneers and settlers, traders and merchants, all the way to the present day. The museum is a quick walk from Grand Haven vacation rentals downtown, but hours of operation change seasonally, so check the website before you set out.

Grand Haven seasons made simple

The humid continental climate of the Great Lakes region typically produces cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. From the highest peak in July to the lowest in January, temperatures range between the high 80s and minus 10s. The light rainfall of spring and fall turns to snow in winter, although it seldom lays for long near the lake. Grand Haven vacation rentals with a hot tub come into their own during cold snaps, while lakeside properties with sun decks are at a premium during the steamy midsummer heat.

Grand Haven—a different angle on nature

Grand Haven vacation rentals provide a convenient base for enjoying the natural beauty, architectural heritage, and recreational amenities of Grand Haven State Park. This protected environment of sandy beach, lakeshore, and riverbank is a haven for waterbirds and marine life. Lake Michigan is home to an abundant variety of native fish species, including walleye, whitefish, and trout, and provides a hospitable habitat for migrating birds. One of the park’s most famous man-made attractions is the musical fountain, one of the largest in the world, which performs each evening at sunset during the summer season.