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“Walk the Boardwalk when visiting the Pier” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
Grand Haven State Park, 1001 Harbor Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
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Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Grand Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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“Walk the Boardwalk when visiting the Pier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This isn't just a lighthouse and pier. It's connected to a wonderful wide Boardwalk! At one end are the boat docks and Temptations Ice Cream with Michigan's famous Hudsonville ice-cream. And its also close to downtown Grand Haven, with lots of unique shops to explore.

So with ice-cream cone in hand, walk to the lighthouse and pier along the channel. Watch the boats coming in and out next to you. Stop to rest on new benches installed along the way. Walk out on the pier. You can push a stroller the whole way. Watch the fishermen catching fish off the side of the pier. If you come at sunset, you are in for a wonderful and amazing view!

Yes there are windy days where the waves are wild and crashing over the pier. Fun to watch surfers or kite surfers on those days, or take pictures of the huge waves crashing! Those days aren't good for walking out there, but that is rare.

We walk the boardwalk round trip for the excellent exercise. It's about 45 minutes round trip depending on how fast you walk. In summer, there is a Farmer's market on Weds and Sat morning at the end of your walk near the boatdocks.

Grand Haven is an amazing town to visit!

Visited July 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Nostalgic Lighthouse Feeling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I'm a part-time artist and I have painted many lighthouses. This one is a beauty and it's worth going to see it. The whole area is nice, especially during the less crowded off season. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the area for a few hours.

Visited May 2012
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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“A Unique Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Although you can't go into, or up, the lighthouse, it's a very nice walk nonetheless. Located at the end of the Grand Haven pier, it offers a great view of the Grand Haven waterfront, Lake Michigan and the boat traffic, from freighters to small fishing boats. One word of caution: If the lake is rough, DO NOT venture out on the pier. There have been several drownings from bad decisions to 'brave' the elements.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

but expect a crowd on weekends. I prefer to visit on the off season. Then it fells more like the place I remember from my adolescence.

Visited July 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

wow..this lighthouse is one the best i have seen. Nice boardback from downtown to lighthouse....i cant describe it...its amazing...

Visited November 2012
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