Grand Haven, Michigan may be a small town on the West Michigan lakeshore but it’s packed with big-time fun! Whether you’re looking to shake things up with some new date night ideas or you’re making Grand Haven a date destination, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Here are just a few options to consider when you’re planning that perfect time together.
Kick Back and Relax on the Grand Haven Lakeshore
Looking to lay low and take it slow? Pack a picnic or grab something to go and spend the day at one of Grand Haven’s beautiful beaches. You can just sit and soak up the sun, go for a swim in Lake Michigan, or stop by MACkite beforehand and pick out a kite to fly together.
Take a stroll along the boardwalk and pier or pick a peaceful spot along the channel and watch the boats go by — better yet, climb aboard for a sunset cruise! You can even book a couple’s massage at one of the area spas, or schedule a wine-tasting at one of Grand Haven’s local wineries.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Speaking of wine, if you’d like to take in some local food and drink, there are plenty of places to try! You can’t go wrong with starting a Grand Haven date night by dining inside or out at any of the restaurants and bars in town. From cozy cafes to local breweries to take out, decks, and restaurants with amazing views, couples who consider themselves foodies can find just about any type of meal to enjoy in whatever atmosphere they choose.
In fact, Kirby’s on the corner of Washington and Harbor Drive offers casual dining, a higher-end experience, and a pizza place all in one building, complete with a game area upstairs and outside seating overlooking the channel. Pop across the street to build-your-own fro-yo at The Pump House and you can jump in their photo booth for a free date night souvenir!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the East End. When you head east of downtown Grand Haven, you’ll find another local brewery, famously huge ice cream cones, several restaurants on the local favorites list, and more.
Stop, Look and Listen — Take a Grand Haven Date Night Tour!
If you’re more of a “take in the local culture” type couple, hop on the trolley or stroll down the main street to browse and window shop at some of Grand Haven’s unique stores. Be sure to visit the Tri-Cities Museum and check out the local art galleries, as well as many other shops featuring local goods…and goodies! You can go on a chocolate tour, for instance, or take home some locally-made treats.
Grand Haven is known for its picturesque sunsets, too, so be sure to head out to the beach or the pier and lighthouse for a date night photo op.
There is also live local music at many locations throughout town, including the Waterfront Stadium where there’s room to dance, and if you like, sit and stay for the infamous Musical Fountain.
Though the future of Grand Haven’s movie theater is uncertain, you can make a quick side trip up to Muskegon where there is one of only a handful of remaining drive-in movie theaters in the state.
Fit in Some Fun and Adventure
Fun-loving couples who like to stay fit, explore, and discover new adventures together won’t find themselves short of options here! Grand Haven is surrounded by beautiful parks, preserves, and natural areas that offer all kinds of activities, from hiking and biking to fishing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding — you name it! The park system also offers many events and activities you can enjoy together.
If you want to take in a few holes of golf, swing over to American Dunes, designed by Arnold Palmer. Or, if putt-putt is more your style, head to Chinook Pier’s mini-golf course for a round of fun.
You can also team up and try to make your way out of the local escape room, and you can even go skydiving if you’re really adventurous!
Let the Planning Begin!
Whether you’re planning a date night, gathering with friends, or spending time with family, the quaint little town of Grand Haven along the West Michigan lakeshore offers a large variety of options. You might even enjoy it so much, you’ll want to move here if you don’t live here already! If that’s the case, give BlueWest Properties a call. We have homes available in the vibrant community of Grand Haven that will not only help you make the most of future date nights but will also allow you to enjoy all the city has to offer, all the time!
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