1675 E. Sherman Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49444
Phone: (231) 739-9092
Fax: (231) 739-2264
Located on the Webster Avenue in Downtown Muskegon is a monument dedicated to former President William McKinley. Commissioned by millionaire Charles Hackley, only a few weeks after President McKinley's assassination, the statue was designed by Charles Niehaus and unveiled on Memorial Day, 1902 in the presence of almost 50,000 citizens. Although it commemorates McKinley's contribution to the country, the artwork is often criticized to be low on aesthetic value, perhaps, giving it a closer-to-reality appeal.
The Russell Block is a restored 1890's building. Spread across three floors, it consists of an open marketplace called the Russell Block Market, a performance space (The Block) by the West Michigan Symphony and retail areas. It is managed by Muskegon Retail Incubator.
Commemorating the contribution of Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton to cinema and comedy, the bronze statue was initially put up at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Los Angeles. However as of 2010, the statue was purchased by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County and installed in Downtown Muskegon. The bronze Buster Keaton, depicted looking into video camera, now faces the famous Frauenthal Theater on the Western Avenue.
Way back in 1965 an engineer from Muskegon, Sherman Poppen, invented a toy he called the 'Snurfer' by tying a pair of skis together and attaching ropes on one side to give the rider some control. What started out as a Christmas toy for his daughter ended up becoming so famous that Poppen patented the Snurfer and sold more than a million pieces by the end of that decade! Muskegon thus became the birthplace of the popular winter sport snowboarding. The Turning Point, a sculpture installed in downtown Muskegon, celebrates this momentous achievement and brilliant invention. The artwork depicts a young girl at the apex of a curled snow path, who is Wendy Poppen, Snurfer's first rider, while at the end of the path is a professional snowboarder signifying the sport's inclusion at the Olympics. Installed in 2012 and designed by Jason Dreweck, the monument stands about 10 feet (3.4 meters) tall and is frequently visited sports-loving tourists.
The P.J. Hoffmaster State Park is named in the honor of P.J. Hoffmaster. This park features a camping site, hiking trails and the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center.
A 1233-acre (498.977 hectares) area in Muskegon County, Michigan, the Muskegon State Park is a popular recreational space for residents and tourists. It has two camping areas for visitors as well as a number of leisure and adventure activities like fishing, hiking, swimming and boating. In the winter, visitors can also try their hand at cross country skiing, ice fishing and luge run.
This full-service marina offers boat launching areas, yacht sales, a fitness center, party store, fuel and maintenance, and professional service facilities. Many community events in Grand Haven take place at this marina.
Located on the Harbor Drive overlooking the Grand River on the Dewey Hill is the famous Grand Haven Musical Fountain. Designed by a local engineer William Morris Booth II, the fountain also features colorful LED lights. During evenings, synchronized water and light shows, based on various themes, are put up where a recorded narration keeps the audience captivated. The shows spanning about 20 minutes run between May and September. Installed in 1963, it is one of the greatest musical fountains of its kind in the United States.
A full service library which provides a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction, reference, and children's books, as well as offers adult and youth programs, a used book store, and a friendly staff who will help with all of your research needs.
Although it is located at the site once occupied by a cemetery, there is nothing gloomy about the two-and-a-half-acre (1.012 hectare) Central Park in Downtown Grand Haven. This green space makes the ideal setting for a fun day outdoors, and is the chosen park for many a family picnic. Events like the annual Easter egg hunt and ArtWalk are hugely popular, attracting locals and tourists alike. This serene spot is also popular as a wedding venue.
A beautiful 48 acre park that features the shore of Lake Michigan along the west side of the park and the Grand River along the north side of the park. The park consists entirely of beach sand and paved seasonal camping sites and views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier are available on site.
This beautiful stretch of golden sands skirting the Grand Haven State Park ranks among some of the best beaches in the country. Blessed with stellar natural beauty and relatively placid waters, the beach is extremely popular for swimming. The fairly large stretch of sands, especially near the boardwalk also makes it ideal for picnics or simply lazing on the beach. Accessible directly from the park, the Grand Haven Beach is one of the most popular places for recreation in the city.