The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is a synchronized water and light show accompanied with music of all varieties. Each 20-minute show features a different theme. A different show plays daily at dusk from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as Fridays and Saturdays in May and September.
Built in 1962, it is the world’s largest musical fountain of it’s kind and was the world’s largest fountain until The Fountains of Bellagio opened at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. The show takes place atop Dewey Hill and is best viewed from Waterfront Stadium. However, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain can be easily experienced from most of the Grand Haven Boardwalk. As long as you can see Dewey Hill, you’ll be able to see and hear the show. The audio is also broadcast on 88.7 FM for those who prefer to watch from a vehicle.
All starting times have been determined by selecting the very best time for viewing based upon darkness behind Dewey Hill.
A variety of titles and themes are presented each running evening for a 20-30 minute presentation. Waterfront events may alter the fountain schedule.
Guiding ships and attracting visitors for over a century
Established in 1839, two lights on the south pier, both painted red, are connected by a lighted catwalk that also connects them to the shore and the Grand Haven Boardwalk. The inner light is cylindrical, and the foghouse outer light stands on a huge concrete foundation. People often enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk that borders the Grand River channel and the pier, making the Grand Haven lighthouses one of the most photographed lighthouses in the Midwest. The Grand Haven pier is also a popular spot for fishing and catching the sunset.
Currently the south pier which the lighthouses are located is currently closed for resurfacing and is not accessible. You can still access the boardwalk and view the lighthouses from the Grand Haven State Park. Another way to see the lighthouses, is from the north pier which is accessible via North Shore Drive in Ferrysburg. There is a public parking lot located on the north side of the river channel.
Tour the town on the trolley
Each summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day historic trolley rides are available to residents and visitors alike. The service runs seven days a week from 11am to 10pm with pickup locations at Chinook Pier, Boardwalk, the State Park, The Bookman and Pfaff Pharmacy.
Enjoy a historic narrative tour that starts at Chinook Pier, travels the waterfront and downtown areas and provides a unique trip back in time as you learn more about what makes Grand Haven such a special part of Michigan.
Local Food & Markets
The Grand Haven Area enjoys an abundance of family-owned farms, rolling fields, and orchards, providing a bountiful harvest for area farm markets and U-picks. Enjoy traveling the Northwest Ottawa County region to buy a bushel of freshness from the back of a farmer’s truck or gather your own at a U-pick farm or orchard.
Visit the many farmer’s markets in the area to peruse the plants, sample homemade delicacies and select a basketful of locally grown produce! With numerous markets in town, you could easily make a whole day out of browsing produce and clothes made in Michigan. Some of the better farmer’s markets in and around Grand Haven include:
- CROSSROADS BLUEBERRY MARKET
- Winkel Chestnut Farm
- DeLass Garden Market
- Cook’s Strawberries
- Grand Haven Farmer’s Market
- Saturdays in May from 8am – 1pm
- Wednesdays & Saturdays June – October
8am – 1pm
- The market is bursting with fresh produce, flowers, plants, breads, baked goods, and much more!
- Grandson’s Gardens
West Michigan’s All-Volunteer Historic Railroad
The Coopersville & Marne Railway, with its antique passenger cars dating to the early part of the last century, goes out into the countryside and through family-owned farmlands. You will cross over an open-deck girder bridge, four creeks and one road bridge before you arrive at the Village of Marne. The 1950s-era diesel locomotive then uncouples from the train, runs along a passing siding next to your passenger car, couples onto the west end of the train and pulls the train back to the City of Coopersville.
This 14-mile excursion, back to a simpler time of transportation, lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. During the trip, the conductor describes points of interest while train music from the 1800s plays throughout the cars. Wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, hawks and eagles may be seen along the way, as well as farm animals. Our track also runs, for a short distance, along the I-96 freeway, where Mustangs, Jaguars and Cougars may also be seen. When in Marne, if weather permits, passengers on Regular Excursions may detrain to watch the runaround and west end coupling. Sorry, we cannot detrain on Theme Trains. We depart every Wednesday and Saturday, May through October (Saturdays only April, November and December) from the station platform in historic downtown Coopersville, at 11am and 1:30pm. On some Theme Trains, a 3pm departure is added.