While many vacationers come to Grand Haven for its beautiful Lake Michigan beach, some find that on red and yellow flag days the waves may be rougher than they had anticipated, particularly for small children. In that case, there is a small – tiny, really – public beach on Spring Lake that’s a good alternative for families with preschoolers. It’s called Lakeside Beach.
The village of Spring Lake and the lake that shares its name lie just north of Grand Haven and across the drawbridge.The Spring Lake beach’s advantages include free admission and a life guard who watches over swimmers during the day, which many parents find reassuring. A floating divider separates the shallow area from the deeper waters, preventing young beachgoers from straying into water that is over their heads.
There are picnic tables and restrooms at the beach, and parking spaces along the adjacent streets.
If you’re looking for calmer waters, give Spring Lake’s beach a try.
Directions: Turn north onto Lake Avenue off of M-104 (E. Savidge Street). Spring Lake’s Lakeside Beach is located at the intersection of Lake Ave. and Beach Drive.
A favorite Holland-area attraction for kids is the Critter Barn, located just outside of town in Zeeland. There families can learn how a farm operates and interact with farm animals like goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, donkeys and more. Kids can hold big, furry bunnies or cradle newborn chicks in their hands. They can enter a chicken coop, pet goats and watch a pot-bellied pig perform tricks.
The spot began as a family farm for a teacher and her brood. As friends asked if they could bring their classes to the farm for field trips, she realized that she could create a unique resource for agricultural education in the Holland area and the Critter Barn was born.
The Critter Barn offers family tours and field trips when school is in session. In summer they offer tours and camps for kids interested in learning more about the animals and their care.
The Critter Barn offers events throughout the year, like a hoedown fundraiser in fall and a live nativity scene in winter. Please check the website for information about upcoming events, hours and pricing.
9275 Adams St
Zeeland, MI 49464