It is tradition to watch the Grand Haven Musical Fountain's synchronized water and light show on a warm summer evenings. These light shows have been going on for over 50 years and when the fountain was first constructed, it was actually the largest of its kind in the world. Today, it no longer holds this record, but it still does put on a magnificent show. To catch one of these shows yourself, make sure to get a spot near the fountain just right at sunset. The shows play from Memorial Day through Labor Day and last about 30 minutes.
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When looking to spend a summer day on the beach, then look no further than Grand Haven State Park. This beach along the shores of Lake Michigan has been ranked by Good Morning America as one of the top five beaches in the country. However, this 174-acre park has much more to offer aside from its waters. Visitors can also fish from the park's pier, picnic in one of the park's shelters, or hike along the many miles of boardwalks and trails. When in the market for the thrill of tent camping close to home, then spend the night at one of the park's 174 campsites.
Each September, just as the region's salmon begin their annual migration, downtown Grand Haven comes alive with the buzz around the ever-popular Salmon Festival. For just one weekend, the waterfront fills with family friendly activities centered on paying tribute to the area's waterways. Featuring live music, wine-tasting from the area's top wineries, a downtown merchant market, and plenty of kid-friendly, hands-on activities, it is definitely an event that residents will not want to miss. Most importantly, the Salmon Festival is about promoting the significance of Michigan's coastal waterways and paying tribute to an important part of these waters, the salmon.