From May to October, Grand Haven’s Chinook Pier plays host to a semiweekly farmers market.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays roughly 20 vendors set up shop from 8:00 to around noon in the parking lot next to the Chinook Pier shops, selling fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms, organically grown produce, jams & jellies, salsa, dips, loaves of bread, cut flowers, plants, donuts, caramel apples and more. If there are no spots in the market parking lot, customers can park in the lot next door or the parking lot across the street.
The market is next to a small playground, so families can reward good behavior on the part of little ones with some time on the slides and swings, or they can walk over to the walk fronting the Grand River with a couple of slices of bread for feeding the ducks that
hang out there.
On Thursdays there’s a farmers market in neighboring Spring Lake on the street next to the library.
Grand Haven Farmers Market
Harbor Drive & 1st Street
Spring Lake Farmers Market
Next to Spring Lake Library
The boardwalk runs along Grand Haven’s harbor from the lighthouse to the downtown area and locals and visitors alike love to stroll along it, stopping to enjoy a tasty ice cream cone and watch the pleasure boats head in and out of Lake Michigan.
Seating for Grand Haven’s noted musical fountain is located along the boardwalk, while the fountain itself is situated in the hills across the river from the bleachers. Each night from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends through September, crowds gather after sundown to watch the colorful, mesmerizing lights illuminating the water sprays in time to music, which runs the gamut from classical to pop songs. The show is different each night, with different songs. Swing by during the day or check the local newspaper for show times.
Charter fishing boats are also located along the boardwalk near the shops of Chinook Pier. Get a group of friends together and hire a boat for an afternoon of salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. The charter operators will even clean the catch when the boat gets back to shore!
While the beach at the state park is the biggest draw to Grand Haven, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re not relaxing at the shore. Spend a few hours shopping in Grand Haven’s downtown district centered around the west end of Washington Street where it meets the water front. The district offers a nice mix of businesses, including clothing stores, antique shops, toy stores, souvenir shops, bakeries, greeting card shops and cafes.
At the far end of the boardwalk you’ll find Chinook Pier, a cluster of shops offering coffee, sweets, clothing, gifts and pizza. On Saturday and Wednesday mornings through the end of October a farmer’s market is held under the awning in the parking lot next door, where you’ll find flowers, farm fresh vegetables, honey, baked goods and more.