Grand Haven area by the numbers

Grand Haven by the numbers

  • Grand Haven was named Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town in 2017.
  • Grand Haven has the No. 1 beach in Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • The Grand Haven boardwalk is 2½-miles and spans from downtown Grand Haven to Lake Michigan.
  • The city-owned Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl includes 2 ropes, 8 downhill runs and snowmaking.
  • Grand Haven was designated Coast Guard City, USA, by an act of Congress that was signed by President Bill Clinton on Nov. 13, 1998.
  • The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is the world’s largest musical fountain of its kind and was the world’s largest fountain until The Fountains of Bellagio opened at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. The fountain uses 90,000 gallons of water to produce a synchronized display of water, lights and music.
  • Grand Haven State Park covers 48 acres.
  • Grand Armory Brewing opened in 2015 at the Armory Building, a 113-year-old historic facility.
  • The Coast Guard Festival has been celebrated for 81 years.
  • Pronto Pups has been in business for 71 years.
  • The Grand Haven lighthouses are two of the most photographed lighthouses in the Midwest. They were established in 1839.
  • There are over 100 miles of bike paths throughout the area.
  • Rosy Mound Natural Area, a classic Great Lakes dune system, includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes.
  • Fortino’s has been a family-owned business in Grand Haven for over 110 years.
  • The Grand Haven Salmon Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
  • Grand Haven implemented the nation’s first city-wide Wi-Fi broadband network in 2004.
  • Odd Side Ales, located in the historic Story & Clark piano factory, features 27 taps of fresh, craft brews and a few hard ciders.