Muskegon from a Local’s Perspective

Muskegon from a Local’s Perspective

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.

Getty Drive-In screens | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In screens | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In concession entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In concession entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In classic arcade games | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In classic arcade games | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In candy machines | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In candy machines | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In concession counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In concession counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In concession counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In concession counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Getty Drive-In landscape| Photo by Gideon Hunter
Getty Drive-In landscape| Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

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.

The Coffee Factory | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

The Coffee Factory entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

The Coffee Factory seating | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory seating | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

The Coffee Factory counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

The Coffee Factory display case | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory display case | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

The Coffee Factory tea varieties | Photo by Gideon Hunter
The Coffee Factory tea varieties | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Frauenthal Center

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.

Frauenthal Center entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Frauenthal Center entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Together Rising

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.

Together Rising | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Together Rising | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

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.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company taproom | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company taproom | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company seating | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company seating | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company features local history in its decor | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company features local history in its decor | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

A view of Pigeon Hill Brewing Company's brewery operation | Photo by Gideon Hunter
A view of Pigeon Hill Brewing Company’s brewery operation | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company merchandise | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company merchandise | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company patio | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company patio | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company facade | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company facade | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium

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.

Lakeside Emporium entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium facade | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium facade | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium has a wide selection of candy | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium has a wide selection of candy | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium chocolate treats | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium chocolate treats | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium unique flavors of fudge | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium unique flavors of fudge | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

More candy options at Lakeside Emporium | Photo by Gideon Hunter
More candy options at Lakeside Emporium | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Even more candy options at Lakeside Emporium | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Even more candy options at Lakeside Emporium | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium chocolate, caramel, peanut butter and more | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium chocolate, caramel, peanut butter and more | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium popcorn and candy selections | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium popcorn and candy selections | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium counter | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Lakeside Emporium delicious ice cream | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Lakeside Emporium delicious ice cream | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub

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.

Se4sons Gastropub at the Muskegon Country Club | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub at the Muskegon Country Club | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

View from Se4sons Gastropub | Photo by Gideon Hunter
View from Se4sons Gastropub | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub entrance | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub dining room | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub dining room | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub view from the dining room | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub view from the dining room | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub whiskey cabinet | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub whiskey cabinet | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub local spirits | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub local spirits | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub beautiful dining area | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub beautiful dining area | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub bar area | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub bar area | Photo by Gideon Hunter

 

Se4sons Gastropub outdoor patio | Photo by Gideon Hunter
Se4sons Gastropub outdoor patio | Photo by Gideon Hunter

What is your favorite scenic spot in Muskegon? Let us know in the comments!