Lakeshore living – top 10 things to do on West Michigan’s Lakeshore

Lakeshore living in Michigan offers residents as well as visitors plenty to see and do. From natural beauty to fun and interesting museums, you’ll find something to please every member of the family.

Check out the following top 10 things to do on West Michigan’s Lakeshore while you’e exploring Lakeshore real estate:

Indulge in a chocolate factory tour

A chocolate-lover’s paradise awaits at Chocolates by Grimaldi, a family-owned company in Grand Haven that makes gourmet chocolate. Score some free samples and take a tour of the chocolate factory, which includes a tempting chocolate waterfall.

Learn to luge

If you’ve always envied Olympic lugers, now’s your chance to try the sport for yourself. Muskegon Winter Sports Complex has one of only four luge tracks in the U.S. and combines thrills with safety. The track is designed by an Olympian for use by the general public and beginners.

Ride and splash at a theme park

Spend a day at Michigan’s Adventure theme park in Muskegon County, which features roller coasters as well as family, thrill, and kids’ rides. You can also splash and play with the family at WildWater Adventure.

Visit a lighthouse

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, so you’ll have plenty to choose from in the Lakeshore area and beyond. Many are open for tours, and others are bed and breakfasts or museums. Either way, they make an ideal setting for photos.

Enjoy the sandy shore

Grand Haven State Park has sandy shores along Lake Michigan as well as the Grand River, making it an excellent destination for the day. You’ll also be able to see beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven Pier and lighthouse.

Climb the dune

Climb one thousand stairs to reach the top of the sand dune at Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven. After you make it to the way to the top of the 200-foot dune, you’ll have a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and will have gotten some exercise.

Go Dutch

Visit Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland, where you’ll be able to take the kids and enjoy yourself on a Dutch chair swing ride, windmill ride, or a 1924 carousel, run a petal pumper car across the track, or visit a llama, alpaca, goat, pig, or other animal.

Tour or sleep in a submarine

The USS Silversides Maritime Museum in Muskegon let you tour or even stay overnight on a real World War II submarine. Also make time to explore the museum and tour a Prohibition-era cutter.

Connect with nature

Minnie Skwarek Nature Preserve in Spring Lake lets you connect with nature, hike, and enjoy views of the Grand River and Demo Island. A popular .8-mile hike is on gently rolling terrain that takes you over a stream and is shaded by hardwoods.

Visit the musical fountain

The Grand Haven Musical Fountain has synchronized water and light shows that are accompanied by music ranging from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Shakira. The 25-minute show is a popular season activity for residents who own Lakeshore real estate.

These fun destinations are a small sampling of what you’ll find on West Michigan’s Lakeshore. The area is well worth exploring and you’ll find plenty to see and do, no matter what your interests. And if you’re visiting the area, Lakeshore real estate is available to purchase so you can find your ideal home.

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