Muskegon is well known for its access to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. But when you’re only here for the day, there’s not nearly enough time to explore everything this beach town has to offer. Let me, a local Muskegonite, take you on a tour of some hidden hot spots to show you what you could be missing.
Getty 4 Drive-In Theater
The Getty Drive-In on the south end of Muskegon is one of only six remaining drive-in theaters in the state of Michigan. They show brand new films at a fraction of the cost of a traditional theater, and you get two features for the price of one! You can also enjoy the traditional popcorn, candy, and vintage video games from the concession stand, or you can bring your own snacks with no questions asked.
The Coffee Factory
One of Muskegon’s best kept secrets, The Coffee Factory is a hidden gem located behind the famous Shaw Walker Furniture Factory. They offer some of my personal favorite hot/cold drinks and snacks, feature local music multiple times a month, and host a large collection of board games to keep customers entertained and happy to return.
Built in 1929, the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most historic monuments to thrive in Muskegon. You can attend weekly events to view local plays, art shows, orchestras, poetry, and almost any performing art you would like to experience. The building’s atmosphere will keep you grounded and wanting to experience every moment.
The iconic “Together Rising” art structure in the roundabout at Western Avenue and Third Street was unveiled in 2008 after Muskegon was awarded a Cool Cities grant from the state. Created by Chicago artist Richard Hunt, this 45-foot tall piece with shapes resembling waves, wings and arms is hard to miss.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill is a local microbrewery on the main stretch in downtown Muskegon. They brew some incredible local beers on-site, including my personal favorite, Walter Gets Buzzed. Their location, in the Noble Building on the corner of Western Avenue and Fifth Street, is perfect for grabbing a drink before a stroll around the town or to the lake.
A haven for those with a sweet tooth, Lakeside Emporium has every kind of candy you can imagine, as well as popcorn, ice cream, and homemade fudge. Stop on by if you’d like try some watermelon flavored fudge or bacon flavored soda.
Located inside the Muskegon Country Club, Se4sons Gastropub (pronounced “4 Seasons”) has what is likely the best food in downtown Muskegon. They offer a versatile and unique menu to satisfy every customer, featuring food made from fresh, local ingredients. Treat yourself to some great food, local beer or whiskey, and watch the sail boats race at sunset.
What is your favorite scenic spot in Muskegon? Let us know in the comments!