I have been trolling through all the posts here in the forum and it's been so helpful! I'm throwing my own inquiries into the lot in hopes that some of you experts can help us out. We are a family of four (two kids ages 8 & 9) traveling to GH from St. Louis on Aug 8-12. It will be our first time visiting western MI and we are pretty excited! I'm pretty much resigned to Aug 8 and Aug 12 being mainly travel days, though we may be able to squeeze in something on arrival or before departure depending on the time.
So that leaves us three days: Aug 9, 10, & 11 (Thur - Sat).
Our main purpose for going is to enjoy the beach. We are staying at the Best Western in GH (wasn't able to find a suitable cottage). My plan was to visit the beach at GHSP. Can we drive there and park? We'll probably have lots of "stuff" to bring with us to the beach and driving would be easiest in that regard. Should we consider any other beaches?
Other things we are considering:
- Visiting a pier/lighthouse. What will the status be for this in August? Can we actually walk the pier and climb up the lighthouses? Is there just one in the GH area?
- Dune rides/tours. Thinking about Mac Woods at Silver Lake SP. We probably couldn't rent our own vehicle to drive ourselves...I don't think my kids would meet the size requirement. Mac Woods looks to be family friendly while still getting out there into the dunes. Any comments?
- Charter a fishing boat. I've heard of the the Catch & Cook program where some of the boat companies will clean and bag your catch and send you to an affiliated restaurant where they will cook it that same night. Any suggestions for a GH charter outfit and restaurant that does this?
- GH Farmer's Market
- Imagination Station Playground
- Musical Fountain
I know it may be tough to squeeze all this in. It was tough just to narrow it down to this list! So many things to do. We will just have to come back next summer. :-)
Thanks in advance!