Make Fun Family Memories on the Muskegon Lakeshore

With an abundance of indoor and outdoor recreation and attractions, it’s not hard to see why families love the region

Jessica Mozo
On Monday, May 13, 2019 - 13:48
Muskegon, MI Attractions

Sports fans thrive in Muskegon no matter what the season. Play beach volleyball or simply soak up the summer sun at Muskegon’s sandy beaches (the ultra-clean Pere Marquette Park is a local favorite), or cool off in the Muskegon Splash Pad, a free attraction located downtown.

In winter, slide down the thrilling 850-foot luge run at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, where you can also ice skate and go cross-country skiing. Take the family to a Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey game at the L.C. Walker Arena, or lace up your skates, grab a hockey stick and hit the ice yourself at the Lakeshore Sports Centre.

At Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Center, zip around the go-kart track or play a round of mini golf. Love a good roller coaster? Spend a day at Michigan’s Adventure, the state’s largest amusement and water park, featuring more than 60 rides and attractions. Thrill-seekers shouldn’t miss the popular wooden coaster Shivering Timbers, rising 125 feet into the air and stretching over a mile.

When you need a little relaxation, recline in a comfy chair and catch the latest movie at Cinema Carousel, which also houses a nostalgic working carousel and a frozen yogurt shop.

Little kids need a safe place to burn off energy, and they can jump and flip to their heart’s content at Kangaroo Palace, an indoor play center in Norton Shores with bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. Older kids and teens will have a blast at Planet 3 Extreme Air Park, a trampoline arena with high-energy activities including Extreme Dodgeball, a Ninja Obstacle Course, foam pits, dunk zones, launchpads and a Battle Beam.

More tips to try from local families:

  • Hiking at Harbor Lake
  • Muskegon Farmers Market
  • Hackley Public Library
  • Art Museum
  • Lakeshore Museum Center
  • Kayaking the Muskegon River
  • The Beach at Duck Lake State Park
  • Live Music and Good Food at "The Deck"  
  • Camping at Hoffmaster State Park 
  • Visiting Orchards
  • Riding Bikes on the Whitehall/Montague Bike Trail 


Jessica Mozo is a freelance writer who lives in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband, Manuel, and two sons, Bryce and Brett.