The Grand Haven Area is made up of six townships: Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Coopersville, West Olive, and Allendale. Each area has its own attractions and businesses worth exploring. This blog series will offer each area their own spotlight and include all the need-to-know information for you to make the most of your visit.
Things to Do:
Geocaching: Modern day treasure hunt! Hidden across Grand Haven and the surrounding areas, including Ferrysburg, are over 1,000 caches (containers with small prizes) that you use your phone to help you locate. Multiple challenge levels for any group. Visit geocaching.com to get started.
Harbor Trolley: This trolley stops at various locations as it travels around downtown Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg all week long. It runs from 11 am to 10 pm, and fares range from $1.50 to free.
North Beach Park: This is a great place for a day at the beach! With 7 acres and over 700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, it’s a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, a volleyball game, or taking in the panoramic view of Lake Michigan on the wooden deck on top of the dunes. In June 2021, Fodor’s Travel named this beach in their article “Best Beaches In The U.S. That Are Nowhere Near the Ocean” (read more here). There are also picnic tables, a picnic shelter, a playground, grills, and restrooms. Dogs are not allowed from May 1 to September 30. Open 7am – 10pm from March 1 to October 15, and 7am – 8pm from October 16 to February 28. There is a motor vehicle parking fee from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Tri-Cities Connector Path: This bike path connects between Spring Lake, Grand Haven, and Ferrysburg and will take you from William Ferry Park to the Grand Haven channel drawbridge.
Food & Drink:
Loretta’s Pine Street Cafe: A delightful cafe that serves a variety of traditional and specialty breakfast dishes, or sandwiches and salads for lunch. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am – 2pm, and Sunday from 8am – 2pm, and closed on Monday.
Greek Tony’s Pizza & Sub Shop: This restaurant serves classic pizzas and specialty subs, as well as salads, pitas, and traditional dinner dishes. Open Monday to Thursday from 11am – 9pm, Friday from 11am – 10pm, Saturday from 3pm – 10pm, and Sunday from 3pm – 9pm.
William Montague Ferry Park: This park offers a playground, picnic tables, a picnic shelter, grills, restrooms, and fishing spots. It also functions as a trail head for many biking paths. Open from 8am – 10pm; No entry fee.
Coast Guard Park: This park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, a picnic shelter, a playground, restrooms, grills, and picnic tables. It also features a fenced area to unleash your dog. Open from 8am – 10pm; No entry fee.
Fire Barn Park: A small community park that has biking paths, two tennis courts, basketball court, soccer field, picnic area, playground, and baseball and softball field. Open from dawn to dusk; No entry fee.
Mike Herman Memorial Field: This park was heavily improved by volunteers and now includes a baseball field, soccer field, tennis court, 4 basketball hoops, volleyball court, lacrosse nets, and seasonal ice rink. Open from 8am – 10pm; No entry fee.
Sunnyside Park: This is a small park that is perfectly suited for a simple afternoon with the kids. It has a playground, a picnic area, and benches. Open from dawn to dusk; No entry fee.
Ottawa Sands County Park: A great place for hiking, cross-country skiing in the winter, and catch-and-release fishing. Dogs are allowed on leash. Open 7am – 10pm from March 1 to October 15, and 7am – 8pm from October 16 to February 28. No entry fee.
North Ottawa Dunes: With nearly 600 acres of wooded dunes just off the Lake Michigan shoreline, and 10 miles of hiking trails that link all the way from North Beach Park to PJ Hoffmaster State Park, this is a great location to view the natural wonder of the parabolic dune formations. There are picnic tables, modern restrooms, and ungroomed cross-country ski trails as well. Dogs are allowed on leash, but not in park buildings, off trails, or on the dune steps. Open April 1 to October 31 from 7 am to 10 pm, and November 1 to March 31 from 7 am to 8 pm. No entry fee.