By Alex Doty
There’s plenty to do all summer long on and off the water within the Tri-Cities area.
While exploring local rivers, lakes and bayous on a boat ride may be the obvious choice for many, don’t forget any of these Top 5 must-do summertime items that are accessible via water or land.
1. Musical Fountain — As a day-long boat ride comes to a close, wrap up your excursion with the famous Grand Haven Musical Fountain show.
The fountain may be viewed anywhere along the Grand River channel in front of Waterfront Stadium, and boaters may also moor along the sea wall for a fixed view of the dazzling show.
Built in 1962 with private funding, the fountain processes more than 90,000 gallons of water in a synchronized display of water, lights and music.
The show is displayed every summer evening at dusk from May to September.
2. Farmers Market — You don’t have to battle vehicular traffic to get to this local market that opens on Wednesday and Saturday mornings all summer long. This popular venue offers a variety of fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers and merchants.
Those who decide to take a lunch trip out onto the water can make their own fresh fruit salad with the area’s finest produce.
3. Chinook Pier — Chinook Pier is another popular summer destination for many tourists, and makes a perfect spot to hang out if you happen to dock your boat at the Municipal Marina.
In addition to all of the popular ice cream shops and souvenir stands, other main attractions in the Chinook Pier area include the 1223 locomotive display, a fish cleaning station, a playground, and picnic tables. The Farmers’ Market is also within walking distance.
4. Splash Pad — A newer addition to the Grand Haven waterfront, the Grand Haven Splash Pad community fountain, located between the Municipal Marina parking lot and Chinook Pier, is a popular place for children to spend time during sizzling summer days.
The fountain, activated by motion sensors and powered by a solar panel, turns on when someone walks through it.
5. Harbor Transit Trolley — People who really want to get out and explore all that the area has to offer should take a ride on the Harbor Transit Trolley.
The Harbor Trolley operates every day, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. This narrated tour offers a way to experience some of the history and culture of this beautiful waterfront community.
Board the trolley along the waterfront at Chinook Pier.
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