Things to Do in Grand Haven: Teen Edition

Family vacations are the perfect time for fun, relaxation, and creating lasting memories. It’s important to know everyone is having a good time. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor activities available in the Grand Haven area to occupy the entire family, but if you’re unsure of what Grand Haven offers for teenagers, we’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of ventures that’s certain to offer something of interest for your teen. 


Escape Room: Grand Haven Room Escape offers three different themed rooms with varying difficulty levels. The goal is to solve puzzles and riddles and connect clues to unlock and escape the room in under 60 minutes. Rooms can fit up to 8 people, and the cost is $20 per person. Open Monday through Thursday 11am – 10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 10pm.


The Tri-Cities Historical Museum displays permanent and rotating historical exhibits. They explore the area from before Grand Haven was founded and all the way to the to the 21st century. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm – 5 pm. Admission is free.

The Coopersville Historical Museum is located inside an old train station. They feature full exhibits on early settlement in the area and the historical impact of the railroad.  Open on Tuesdays from 2 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm, Fridays from 1 pm – 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free

The Coopersville Farming Museum explores the history of farming in the area. It also functions as an Event Center and puts on family friendly events weekly. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for kids 4-16, and free for children 3 & under.

Downtown Shopping: When you walk down the main street of Grand Haven, Washington Ave, you’ll find dozens of shops and places to grab a bite. Glik’s and Barefoot Dave’s are known for being trendy and Floto’s Gifts and Lark are popular places for souvenirs and gifts. There’s so many different and unique stores that we highly recommend setting aside time for a leisurely stroll.

Bookstores: There are two local bookstores in Grand Haven, The Bookman and Booked for the Season. Be sure to check these out if you’re looking for a good read for the beach. The Bookman is open Monday to Friday 9 am – 7 pm, Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 8 am – 3 pm. Booked for the Season is open 10 am – 6 pm all week long.


Geocaching: Modern day treasure hunt! Hidden across the Grand Haven area are over 1,000 caches, which are containers with small prizes. You download an app on your phone to help you locate them. Multiple challenge levels for any group. Visit geocaching.com to get started.

Fishing: Whether you charter a boat or setup at a pier or beach, there are a lot of options to spend a couple of hours with some great fishing. Daniel Sportfishing, On The Line Charters, and Nelson Charters are family-friendly fishing charters that take you out onto the lake. Riverside Park Grand Haven and Pottawattomie Park have great spots specifically for fishing. Be sure to read up on regulations before you head out!

Craigs Cruisers: Family Fun Center with go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, arcade games, and more! Located off of Pontaluna Rd. in Spring Lake, and open from 11am to 10 pm all week long. Prices vary based on attractions.

Parks & Beaches: The Grand Haven area has dozens of parks and beaches, and some that double as both. With a sandy shore for relaxing on and cool water to swim in, the beaches are a perfect traditional summer activity. Or if the water doesn’t suit, there are over 50 parks of which most offer hiking and biking trails and picnic areas. Open hours vary, and a few parks charge for parking. Find a complete list in our visitor’s guide!

Watersports: From simple kayaking to intense kiteboarding, there are several ways to have fun in Lake Michigan  and Spring Lake beyond swimming. Lakeshore Kayak Rental, LLC and MACKite Board Sports Center are the locations to go for equipment and lessons,.

Skatepark: With 13,000 sq ft of space, the Grand Haven Skatepark is a perfect place for bikes, roller blades, and skate boards. It includes a full sized bowl, quarter pipe, hubba box, box, rails, c-rails, 2 five stairs, and one 7 stair rail.  It’s located near the entrance of Mulligan’s Hollow and open from 8 am – 10 pm. Be sure to check out the rules beforehand and ride safely.


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