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Guidebook for Grand Haven

Aaron

Guidebook for Grand Haven

Drinks & Nightlife
Unique beers that you can't find anywhere else served in the former Story & Clark Piano Factory. Live music on some nights. Allows you to bring your own food or order in from one of the many nearby eateries.
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Odd Side Ales
41 Washington Avenue
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Unique beers that you can't find anywhere else served in the former Story & Clark Piano Factory. Live music on some nights. Allows you to bring your own food or order in from one of the many nearby eateries.
Awesome beer, wine and food! Often has live music. A fun place to grab a beer and some great food provided by Righteous Cuisine in the heart of downtown Grand Haven.
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Grand Armory Brewing Company
17 South 2nd Street
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Awesome beer, wine and food! Often has live music. A fun place to grab a beer and some great food provided by Righteous Cuisine in the heart of downtown Grand Haven.
Food Scene
Unique menu that is known throughout the area for it's terrific food. Always a wait but worth it! Only 2 short blocks and a 3 minute walk from our house!
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Morning Star Cafe
711 Washington Avenue
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Unique menu that is known throughout the area for it's terrific food. Always a wait but worth it! Only 2 short blocks and a 3 minute walk from our house!
Great deli shop with delicious sandwiches and homemade salads. Call in your order and pick it up or eat inside. A short walk from the house. Also sells beer and wine.
Lucy's Market & Deli
133 Columbus Avenue
Great deli shop with delicious sandwiches and homemade salads. Call in your order and pick it up or eat inside. A short walk from the house. Also sells beer and wine.
Unique sandwiches made fresh as you order. Located in the middle of downtown. Eat inside or have it delivered. Delivery is free!
Electric Hero Sandwich Shop
20 Washington Avenue
Unique sandwiches made fresh as you order. Located in the middle of downtown. Eat inside or have it delivered. Delivery is free!
This historic building at the end of Washington St. has 3 restaurants in well. The Grill Room is for those with expensive tastes. The Kirby House has a walk around bar, live music and booths and a good menu that's reasonably priced. Upstairs you'll find the K2 pizzeria with it's made to order wood fired pizzas. Outdoor seating is available. There's even a dance club in the basement if mom and dad feel frisky. A favorite of the locals and tourists alike!
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The Kirby House
2 Washington Avenue
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This historic building at the end of Washington St. has 3 restaurants in well. The Grill Room is for those with expensive tastes. The Kirby House has a walk around bar, live music and booths and a good menu that's reasonably priced. Upstairs you'll find the K2 pizzeria with it's made to order wood fired pizzas. Outdoor seating is available. There's even a dance club in the basement if mom and dad feel frisky. A favorite of the locals and tourists alike!
Looking to eat on the water with a view of the boats and pier? This is the place to do it. Outdoor seating available and an affordable menu. A nice place to eat and take in the sunset.
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Snug Harbor
311 South Harbor Drive
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Looking to eat on the water with a view of the boats and pier? This is the place to do it. Outdoor seating available and an affordable menu. A nice place to eat and take in the sunset.
Ever had a corn dog made with pancake batter? Don't knock it until you try it. Located next to Snug Harbor, this iconic food cart has been feeding families in Grand Haven every summer for as long as we can remember. Get in line, grab come pronto pups and sit on the grass eating them as the boats go by. A fun way to feed the troops and not blow the budget. Cash only.
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Pronto Pup
313 South Harbor Drive
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Ever had a corn dog made with pancake batter? Don't knock it until you try it. Located next to Snug Harbor, this iconic food cart has been feeding families in Grand Haven every summer for as long as we can remember. Get in line, grab come pronto pups and sit on the grass eating them as the boats go by. A fun way to feed the troops and not blow the budget. Cash only.
A short walk from our house is a great coffee shop where you can get your day started right or wind down your evening with a warm, tasty treat.
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Jumpin' Java
215 Washington Avenue
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A short walk from our house is a great coffee shop where you can get your day started right or wind down your evening with a warm, tasty treat.
Incredibly unique southwest inspired food made from fresh ingredients. A favorite for takeout and just around the corner on 7th Street.
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Righteous Cuisine
211 N 7th St
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Incredibly unique southwest inspired food made from fresh ingredients. A favorite for takeout and just around the corner on 7th Street.
One of the local's favorites that is literally around the corner from our house. Cozy up to the bar or go in the restaurant side for some good food that is reasonably priced.
JW's Food & Spirits
6 N 7th St
One of the local's favorites that is literally around the corner from our house. Cozy up to the bar or go in the restaurant side for some good food that is reasonably priced.
If you want to hang out with the locals and be right on the strip, walk on down to the end of Columbus where you'll find this hole in the wall bar and restaurant. Nothing fancy but good drinks, great burritos and a whole lot of people packed in one tiny place.
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Tip-A-Few
10 Franklin Avenue
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If you want to hang out with the locals and be right on the strip, walk on down to the end of Columbus where you'll find this hole in the wall bar and restaurant. Nothing fancy but good drinks, great burritos and a whole lot of people packed in one tiny place.
Enjoy fresh donuts and pastries from one of the best bakeries in town and then wash it down with a coffee from the neighboring Biggby Coffee house.
Ryke's Bakery
623 A Way
Enjoy fresh donuts and pastries from one of the best bakeries in town and then wash it down with a coffee from the neighboring Biggby Coffee house.
Freshly made homemade cookies, muffins and pastries along with coffee and sandwiches. Just a short walk downtown.
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The Baker's Wife
107 Washington Avenue
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Freshly made homemade cookies, muffins and pastries along with coffee and sandwiches. Just a short walk downtown.
Great for a big breakfast in the morning and a nice tequila or martini at night. This spot offers a restaurant with seating outdoors, a martini bar with live music most nights and a seafood/oyster bar with some jazz on other nights. It's three places in one!
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Dee-Lite Bar & Grill
24 Washington Avenue
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Great for a big breakfast in the morning and a nice tequila or martini at night. This spot offers a restaurant with seating outdoors, a martini bar with live music most nights and a seafood/oyster bar with some jazz on other nights. It's three places in one!
Quaint, booth-lined tavern with a sidewalk patio & menu of sandwiches, burgers & breakfast. Live music on some nights. Fun place to hang with the locals.
Pavilion Wharf Bar & Grille
18 Washington Ave
Quaint, booth-lined tavern with a sidewalk patio & menu of sandwiches, burgers & breakfast. Live music on some nights. Fun place to hang with the locals.
Choose your toppings, choose your frozen yogurt flavor, weight it then pay and dig in! Right in middle of all of the action downtown this pricey but fun spot is a kid favorite. Be sure to take you picture in the photo booth and post it on Facebook.
The Pump House Frozen Yogurt Bar - Grand Haven
20 North Harbor Drive
Choose your toppings, choose your frozen yogurt flavor, weight it then pay and dig in! Right in middle of all of the action downtown this pricey but fun spot is a kid favorite. Be sure to take you picture in the photo booth and post it on Facebook.
Parks & Nature
Tuesday night concerts in the park! 7 PM all summer long local artists play their tunes for the public. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and a few dollars to buy some popcorn.
Central Park
Tuesday night concerts in the park! 7 PM all summer long local artists play their tunes for the public. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and a few dollars to buy some popcorn.
This 40 acre wooded park is located in the heart of Grand Haven and is great if you want a quiet place to get away and hike in the woods.
Duncan Woods
This 40 acre wooded park is located in the heart of Grand Haven and is great if you want a quiet place to get away and hike in the woods.
This is the reason you came to Grand Haven! Enjoy some of the smoothest sand beaches in the entire world with the iconic lighthouse and pier serving as your backdrop. Voted one of the ten best family beaches in the United States!
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Grand Haven State Park
1001 S Harbor Dr
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This is the reason you came to Grand Haven! Enjoy some of the smoothest sand beaches in the entire world with the iconic lighthouse and pier serving as your backdrop. Voted one of the ten best family beaches in the United States!
Enjoy one of the many hiking trails through the wooded dunes of Lake Michigan or simply go to the beach and run down a sand dune! This is one of our favorite places to go that gets you away from the crowds of downtown. A short car ride away.
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P. J. Hoffmaster State Park
6585 Lake Harbor Road
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Enjoy one of the many hiking trails through the wooded dunes of Lake Michigan or simply go to the beach and run down a sand dune! This is one of our favorite places to go that gets you away from the crowds of downtown. A short car ride away.
Looking for a smaller beach that has a few less people than Grand Haven State Park? Then this family friendly beach is it. A short drive across the bridge, it has all the State Park has to offer without all the hustle and bustle. Also has a huge dune behind it that is fun to walk up and run down. $7 parking fee for non-residents.
North Beach Park
18775 North Shore Drive
Looking for a smaller beach that has a few less people than Grand Haven State Park? Then this family friendly beach is it. A short drive across the bridge, it has all the State Park has to offer without all the hustle and bustle. Also has a huge dune behind it that is fun to walk up and run down. $7 parking fee for non-residents.
Looking for a nice long walk in the woods along a wooded staircase and manicured path that ends at a beach you can swim at? Then Rosy Mound is the place for you. A favorite for local joggers looking to get a stair workout. Enjoy your walk through the Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. Open 7am-10pm daily. $7 daily fee.
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Rosy Mound Natural Area
13925 Lakeshore Drive
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Looking for a nice long walk in the woods along a wooded staircase and manicured path that ends at a beach you can swim at? Then Rosy Mound is the place for you. A favorite for local joggers looking to get a stair workout. Enjoy your walk through the Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. Open 7am-10pm daily. $7 daily fee.
Arts & Culture
Learn about the local history of the area and see some great traveling museum exhibits in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. Best of all, it's free!
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Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington Avenue
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Learn about the local history of the area and see some great traveling museum exhibits in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. Best of all, it's free!
Just 2 blocks from our house lies a great place to grab some summer reading or a quiet place to get away. Daily programs for kids are available as well. Check the library website for a listing of activities.
Loutit District Library
407 Columbus Avenue
Just 2 blocks from our house lies a great place to grab some summer reading or a quiet place to get away. Daily programs for kids are available as well. Check the library website for a listing of activities.
Entertainment & Activities
If you have little ones and need a place to play that's nearby, this school has a fenced in playground and a nice field for tiring little ones out. It's only two blocks from our home and is/was a favorite of our kids.
Central High School
106 S 6th St
If you have little ones and need a place to play that's nearby, this school has a fenced in playground and a nice field for tiring little ones out. It's only two blocks from our home and is/was a favorite of our kids.
Located behind the local YMCA, this park has a couple basketball courts, a skate park but most importantly, an enormous wooden play set that kids of all ages love to play in and get lost in. A great place to take young kids looking for something different to play on than the usual playground equipment.
Imagination Station
Located behind the local YMCA, this park has a couple basketball courts, a skate park but most importantly, an enormous wooden play set that kids of all ages love to play in and get lost in. A great place to take young kids looking for something different to play on than the usual playground equipment.
Each evening at dusk, the world's second largest synchronized musical fountain comes to life with colorful lights illuminating water dancing to a variety of music to entertain the locals and tourists. Sit in the stands or bring a blanket and sit on the grassy hill as you watch. Just walk straight downtown till you get to the river's edge. Best of all, it's free!
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Grand Haven Musical Fountain
101 North Harbor Drive
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Each evening at dusk, the world's second largest synchronized musical fountain comes to life with colorful lights illuminating water dancing to a variety of music to entertain the locals and tourists. Sit in the stands or bring a blanket and sit on the grassy hill as you watch. Just walk straight downtown till you get to the river's edge. Best of all, it's free!
Need a place to let the little ones cool off? This SPLASH PAD (located at the end of Columbus Street next to Waterfront Stadium) has shooting water fountains that kids can run through while parents relax in the shade of some nearby trees. Conveniently located next to a couple ice cream shops, it's a fun place to enjoy the nice summer weather while watching boats cruise by.
Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium
1 N Harbor Dr
Need a place to let the little ones cool off? This SPLASH PAD (located at the end of Columbus Street next to Waterfront Stadium) has shooting water fountains that kids can run through while parents relax in the shade of some nearby trees. Conveniently located next to a couple ice cream shops, it's a fun place to enjoy the nice summer weather while watching boats cruise by.
Buy ice cream, get some beach attire, plan a charter fishing trip and then ride the trolley back home from this spot that marks the beginning of Grand Haven's boardwalk to the pier. There is also a farmer's market here on Wed. & Sat. from 8am-1pm.
Chinook Pier Sport Fishing
301 North Harbor Drive
Buy ice cream, get some beach attire, plan a charter fishing trip and then ride the trolley back home from this spot that marks the beginning of Grand Haven's boardwalk to the pier. There is also a farmer's market here on Wed. & Sat. from 8am-1pm.
Want to get your inner Tony Hawk on? Head down to the local YMCA where you'll find the Grand Haven Skatepark. Added bonus... It's free! Open 8-10am.
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Grand Haven Skatepark
16 Sherman Avenue
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Want to get your inner Tony Hawk on? Head down to the local YMCA where you'll find the Grand Haven Skatepark. Added bonus... It's free! Open 8-10am.
Shopping
Looking for adorable kids clothes? You found the place. Unique outfits that make everyone's kids cuter.
Aberdeen's Clothing For Children
207 Washington Ave
Looking for adorable kids clothes? You found the place. Unique outfits that make everyone's kids cuter.
One of our favorite places to stop for a treat! Fortino's has been in business for over a hundred years and hasn't changed much in that time. Grab some wine or homemade chocolate treats and enjoy the old time feel of the store.
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Fortino's
114 Washington Avenue
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One of our favorite places to stop for a treat! Fortino's has been in business for over a hundred years and hasn't changed much in that time. Grab some wine or homemade chocolate treats and enjoy the old time feel of the store.
Essentials
If you just need groceries and don't want to bother with a big grocery chain like Meijer's or Walmart (which are in same area as D&W), this is the place to go.
D & W Fresh Markets
1116 Robbins Road
If you just need groceries and don't want to bother with a big grocery chain like Meijer's or Walmart (which are in same area as D&W), this is the place to go.
Need groceries, a light bulb, some car repair stuff and beach chairs? Then this is the store for you. Your one stop shopping center.
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Meijer
15000 U.S. 31
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Need groceries, a light bulb, some car repair stuff and beach chairs? Then this is the store for you. Your one stop shopping center.
I doubt this store needs much explanation. If you're renting a house for a lot of money and need to save money on groceries, clothes, car parts, guns or whatever else you might need...This is the place for you.
Walmart Supercenter
14700 US-31
I doubt this store needs much explanation. If you're renting a house for a lot of money and need to save money on groceries, clothes, car parts, guns or whatever else you might need...This is the place for you.