Muskegon has many different opportunities to enjoy the finer things in life--from museums to sports we have a little bit of everything. Click on any icon to find out more details or click here to see Muskegon's website.
And there are festivals galore! Check out this list of where to be when.
The Lakeshore Museum Center (formerly known as the Muskegon County Museum) has added to their list of historic homes that you can tour. The Hackley/Hume Houses are great examples of life as a lumber baron. Come to see the houses decorated as they would have been 100 years ago. Don't miss the Scolnik House, featuring Depression Era decoration - "a stark contrast to the opulence" of the Hackley/Hume Houses. Also be sure to visit the Fire Barn Museum to get a better understanding of the trucks and people who have served our great city for so many years.
The Muskegon Museum of Art is home to a great collection of works by artists both global and local. There are free guided tours on Thursday afternoons.
Only a half hour drive away, Grand Rapids offers Still more museums, music and magic (with flowers and on the field).
The Van Andel Museum is great anytime. They also feature special traveling exhibits from time to time, so chech it out!
The Grand Rapids Art Museum has been made new! It is the first newly built Green (environmentally friendly) art museum in the world! Another first for West Michigan. Come see this magnificent museum and the wonderful art contained in it.
If you are looking for entertainment for your children, check out the Grand Rapids Children's Museum which FamilyFun Magazine's Vacation Guide called "A MUST-SEE West Michigan destination."
The Grand Rapids Symphony has so many great shows coming up that we can't list them all here. Highlights include Beethoven's Fifth, Brahms' Violin Concerto, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The symphony and chorus will perform the musical score live while attenders watch the movie. Check out their website to see the full array of wonderful music - then go hear it!
The Frederik Meijer Gardens has events all year long. If the weather is bad, you could spend much of a full day inside enjoying the theme gardens, including a rain forest. If you have children or grandchildren, the Children's Gardens are a great opportunity for them to explore and work off some energy. The Children's Garden includes a replica log cabin, a large tree house, and a farm with a gorgeous vegetable garden. There is also a boardwalk where you can marvel in the variety of plant and animal life as you walk above a woodland marsh.
If concerts are more your thing, the Van Andel Arena has just the thing. Check out their site for the coming line-up. If you'd like to make an evening of it, the Arena is conveniently located by The B.O.B., and many other downtown restaurants.
The Frauenthal Theatre is the home for the arts in Muskegon. The theater is home to the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Muskegon Civic Theatre, the Miss Michigan pageant, events for Mona Lake Productions, and the Muskegon Community Concerts among other things. Check out their website for the full schedule of events for this year.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are a farm team for the Detroit Red Wings. Griffins players are frequently called up to the Wings, and injured Wings often return to playing with a stop in Grand Rapids. This is a great opportunity to catch great hockey and some rising stars.
The West Michigan Whitecaps are a Class A farm team for the Detroit Tigers. Tiger players coming off the injured reserve list usually come to the Whitecaps for a game or two to see if they're really ready to Play Ball.
What a great place to live! Check out
the Visitors Bureau's website to be sure you don't miss any of the upcoming events. Just because winter is over doesn't mean the fun is gone. This area is great year 'round! Be sure to put the Muskegon Chamber's website event page
on your list of Favorites so you can stay in the know!
The Binder Park Zoo is a bit more of a ride, but offers several very special events year-round and enjoyment for all ages.
The Lumberjacks is part of the United States Hockey League. The club was founded to provide a place for aspiring hockey professionals to learn and grow in their game. Come out to watch a fast-paced enthusiastic game of hockey with your friends. You'll be able to say you saw these players at the outset of their careers!
The USS Silversides is docked on the south side of the channel. There is a great Naval museum and you can tour this highly decorated WWII submarine.
The Market is open Tues., Thurs., and Saturday from early morning to about 3PM from May through early December. During the winter months there is a smaller indoor market on the same site. Be sure to visit soon.
Located at 6401 Harvey St. in the Women's Health building, Sweetwater has local foods. It is open only on Saturdays - every week through December and then every other week until May. Check out their website to see what they'll have this coming weekend!
Summer and fall are festival season in Muskegon. Every month of the summer has one festival or another. Plus Friday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day there is a beer tent and music at Hackley Park downtown. The irst Friday of those months the whole city gets involved in First Friday with street performers, booths, etc.
Not so many festivals in the winter, though you should be sure to tour the Hackley and Hume homes while they're decorated for the holidays. All winter the Winter Sports Complex is filled with fun. If there's no snow and it's warmer, you can hike the trails. After freezing there is a luge run, the ice skating rink, cross country trails, snow shoe trails, and a warming hut! Don't miss out on the Winterfest in the new year as well.
Check the calendar for Whimsical Wednesdays during the summer. Children explore the Victorian Era and spend time in the houses for free! 12-4PM on select days.
Understand that this list is not complete by any means! Do some research and you'll find that there's pretty much always something to do in Muskegon!