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Spring & Summer 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 Discover Magazine

Top Five Must-Do Activities


By MARIE HAVENGA mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com You didn’t stumble into this area by accident. You likely landed here because of the volumes-thick options in entertainment and recreation. Whether you enjoy sport fishing, shopping, bopping on a bike trail or sailing at sunset, you can dip your toes into the action. Although the choices are as vast as grains of golden sand, we’ll ...

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Best Scenic Drives


By Marie Havenga mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com If you’re not up for boating, biking or hiking, take to the streets for a scenic sampling of North Ottawa County viewscapes. The road routes below will take you through rugged duneland, past historic sites and along some of the most “wow” factor waterways in West Michigan. Two of our suggested tours begin at the foot ...

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Back to Nature


By Mark Brooky mbrooky@grandhaventribune.com Northwest Ottawa County is awash with parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy their leisure time. One of the better known is Grand Haven State Park, with its sandy beaches and wildly popular campground. New this year at the park that dates back to 1921 are fishing poles and tackle boxes donated by Pursuing a ...

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Gone Fishing


BY MATT DEYOUNG mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com Whether you like to tackle the rolling waves of Lake Michigan while trolling the depths for king-size salmon or sitting on a quiet pond with a worm and bobber chasing bluegills, the Tri-Cities has a place perfect for you. With such an abundance and wide variety of lakes and rivers, fishermen have their pick of any ...

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Grand Water Excursion


BY MATT DEYOUNG mdeyoung@grandhaventribune.com My favorite book as a kid was Wilson Rawls’ classic, “Where the Red Fern Grows.” In that story, young Billy dreams of owning a hunting hound. His desperate desire for a dog nearly drives him mad. I had the same affliction as a boy, but it wasn’t a dog I craved. It was a boat. Billy ...

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Family Fun


By Kyle Moroney kmoroney@grandhaventribune.com Families  find the Tri-Cities area to be a Michigan gem. Nestled along Lake Michigan’s shores, the area boasts many family-friendly activities no matter the time of year. Here are our top 10 activities for families to share laughs, build memories and explore the area: 1: Beaches — Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg share a picturesque landscape ...

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Catch A Wave


By NATE THOMPSON nthompson@grandhaventribune.com There’s no excuse to remain inactive during the late spring and early summer in the Tri-Cities, because the area’s abundance of waterways provides several fun activities that cap a leisurely evening with the family or even complete an intense core-body workout. PADDLEBOARDING Standing up on a surf board and paddling to propel yourself across the water ...

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After Dark


Nights Heat Up By Alex Doty adoty@grandhaventribune.com While the beach draws crowds by day, the nights heat up with excitement in and around Grand Haven all season long. Top among the most popular attractions is the Grand Haven Musical Fountain, which delights crowds nightly beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting until Labor Day. The fountain then performs on Friday and ...

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Best of the Best


By CHERYL WELCH cwelch@grandhaventribune.com Want to know where the locals go? Don’t worry – we have you covered. The best of the best is judged each year in the Tri-Cities area during the People’s Choice contest. Thousands of votes were cast for the best of everything from best beer to best charter boat captain. Below you’ll find some the highlights ...

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Top 10 to do list


1. Grand Haven Lighthouse & Pier 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 boardwalk. The inner light is cylindrical and the square outer light stands on a huge concrete foundation. People often enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk that borders ...

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