A Rainy Day In The Grand Haven Area

It’s a rainy day along the Michigan lakeshore, what ever will you do? You can move the fun indoors, that’s what you can do! Lucky for you, the Grand Haven area is jam-packed with fun-filled activities, for even the rainiest of days. Beyond the glamorous beach and festive boardwalk, The Grand Haven area is a community with a rich culture to be explored. Experience a blast from the past at The Tri-Cities Historical Museum & The Midwest Miniatures Museum or maybe, a nice relaxing stroll through Gallery Uptown is in your wheelhouse. Their variety of stellar artwork is assured to keep you captivated. If you’re looking for something a little more hands on and challenging, look no further than Grand Haven Room Escape. It’s an experience that will certainly test your wits. You can shop till you drop at Marushka, a popular shopping destination for many. See it all and travel in style with a ride around town on the Lakeshore Trolley.

One of the most stimulating destinations you can visit in the Grand Haven area is Tri-Cities Historical Museum. This two story venue has phenomenal tours, and detailed exhibits that you must experience firsthand. With a combination of permanent and alternating exhibits, you’re certain learn something new. Their friendly staff are eager to connect with visitors, and share insightful stories of the community’s illustrious history. They are very open to feedback, and community input on ideas for future exhibits. Their displays range from geology, early English colonies, trading posts, agriculture, and a wide array of digital exhibits. By far the most popular attraction are the alternating exhibits, which are replaced once a year. Did we mention that admission is free!

Recently opened in November of 2021, The Midwest Miniature Museum is a premier location for a historical excursion. This residence is lined up with the work of world renowned miniaturists, representing various periods of history. The attention to detail captured within each miniature is sure to astonish you. You’re in for more than just an extensive assortment of miniatures, as the building also includes two quilt shops, a grocery store, and an auto garage to name a few. This destination features notable collections such as water crystal pieces, more than 200 Kachina dolls, and fine silver. The diverse spread featured here is guaranteed to provide you with a well-rounded experience.

Gallery Uptown is the oldest artist-operated gallery in the state, located in downtown Grand Haven. The only thing hotter than a Grand Haven summer is the crafts featured here. Their layout displays the works of award winning artists from the area. Each month a themed show is held to display the new and exciting works of members, for your viewing pleasure. Some of the items for purchase include jewelry, pottery, paintings, quilts, blown glass, and so much more. Uptown offers a truly unique experience with its relaxing and calming atmosphere, and elegant décor. You’re sure to be at ease surrounded by the all the fine upscale local artwork.

For those of you looking for a fierce indoor adventure, the Grand Haven Room Escape is right up your alley. You don’t need any prior special skills or knowledge to successfully escape the room. They offer an experience not many of us are accustomed to. Separated from your phone, you must communicate with others and rely on group problem solving. With time racing down, you and your team must solve puzzles, riddles, clues, and pick locks in order to advance and earn your freedom. Resourcefulness, creativity, and quick thinking will be the make or break factors. Group sizes can range from 2-8 people, although at least 4 is recommend to bounce ideas. This activity is perfect for friends, family, and can even be the perfect ice breaker for coworkers.

Vibrancy and creativity are only a few words to describe Marushka, a hand-printing apparel shop established in Grand Haven during 1971. This local gem has become a staple within the hearts of community members and visitors alike. Marushka offers an enormous selection of over 30,000 possibilities, for garment style, design, and color wave. Some of the common themes among their catalogue include nautical styles, nature, and animals. Items which are very popular among customers include the 3-quarters sleeve shirt, along with the long sleeve t-shirts. Unlike many other stores, Marushka offers customers the opportunity of watching their clothing being created and providing viewers with behind-the-scene insights of printing on fabric.

A little bit of rain never hurt anyone. There is no better way to get familiar with your surroundings than to go sightseeing. Beginning on Memorial Day and ending Labor Day weekend, The Lakeshore Trolley is a friendly and free service that can help you explore the area. During this 1-hour-long round–trip ride, witness all that the Grand Haven area has to offer from fan favorite shops, restaurants, and local landmarks. The Lakeshore Trolley, is proud to debut the addition of the Buccaneer and Laker Loop, this Memorial Day weekend. The Buccaneer loop will make stops throughout Grand Haven, while the Laker Loop will make stops through Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven.  Get a sense of what makes this area so special to local natives, and what keeps the frequent visitors returning.

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