6 ways to get the family out of the house this spring, part 2

Lakeside Trail, Spring Lake
Lakeside Trail, Spring Lake
Photo: Ed Post

As we turn the corner from winter to greet warmer weather, families are looking for ways to enjoy the sunnier and longer days.

Get off the couch and get out of the house with your family to explore the sprouting lakeshore. Whether outdoors or inside a local attraction, you and your family can discover ways to stay busy and move on from the winter blues. 

Lakeside Trail

The 15-mile Lakeside Trail is a paved and maintained trailway wrapping around Spring Lake. A number of public bathrooms can be found at the parks along the way, including Pomona Park in Fruitport, Central Park in Spring Lake, William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg and Rycenga Park just west of Spring Lake. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the parks or at Lakeside Beach, less than a block off the trail. 

Lakeside Trail


Any spring day outdoors can easily turn into a day of discovery, especially if you’re geocaching. All you need is a GPS or the Geocaching app, and you and your family are ready to set out on a fun scavenger hunt. Some caches have items for trade, so make sure to bring along new ones to trade out for the others. Geocaching is a perfect way to get out of the house, revel in the newly blooming lakeshore and make a typical hike into something exciting. Take a look at each region’s website to find trails and more information on geocaching in the area. 

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