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.
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