Although just enjoying not having to do anything and relaxing around your vacation home is nice, you can find an abundance of fun things to see and do in just a small area around the cottages. A pleasant walk, definitely worthwhile, is a nature trail that begins across the street. Our grandkids enjoy reading the flora-identifying plaques to us. The bench at the end provides a good place to watch gorgeous sunsets over “The Big Lake” with a little privacy. Another, slightly longer walk, through the neighborhood along Edgewater Street to the Old Sand Docks in the early morning affords some beautiful sunrise views over Muskegon Lake. You can’t beat a sunup bike ride along the Shoreline Trail, which runs along the Muskegon Lake shore for much of its length.
Our “crown jewel” is Lake Michigan’s Pere Marquette Beach, almost three miles of public access to Lake Michigan offering a wide range of fun things to do. The facilities are well maintained, and the beach is cleaned daily. Boat lovers can while away a few minutes or a few hours just sitting on a park bench along the boat channel between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. (You might see a tanker or commercial passenger carrier too – this is a major Great Lakes shipping channel as well as a popular pleasure boat destination.) While there, a visit to the World War II submarine U.S.S. Silversides offers a peek into our nation’s naval history. The adjoining museum has a lot of artifacts and interesting information. Along with a lot of souvenirs, there are several ‘hands-on’ activities for young children.
You can walk to sailboat regattas and Wednesday evening races at the Muskegon Yacht Club, or weekly volleyball league play and tournaments at the beach. Also, close by is an upscale restaurant called Docker’s Fish House & Lounge. Have lunch, dinner, or a drink at the bar while overlooking the Harbour Towne Yacht Basin. Watch a sunset, beach volleyball, and boats entering/leaving Muskegon Lake at The Deck Restaurant.It’s Lake Michigan frontage is protected by small dunes and two breakwalls. The seating inside or out provides several unforgettable Big Lake & Beach vistas.
Frequent bus & trolley services for riding throughout the community are accessible just outside the cottages. The Lakeside business district, about a mile east of Pere Marquette Beach (our Bluffton neighborhood is considered part of the Lakeside community as well as the City of Muskegon), while relaxed and uncrowded, can satisfy many of your “re-supply” shopping needs. Also in Lakeside are the century-old Milwaukee Clipper, retired now but open for tours daily, and the high-speed cross-lake car ferry to Milwaukee called the Lake Express.
Ranging further, Muskegon offers plenty of activities and entertainment appealing to varied interests, including a nearly continuous series of special events during the summer months. Most facilities and events are only a short drive – in light traffic. And of course, the Muskegon area provides a full range of businesses and commercial services.