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Lake Michigan is home to a stunning array of fish species ripe for the catch. Rainbow, brown, and lake trout, Coho and Chinook salmon, yellow perch, bass and walleye all make their home in these waters, and are sought after by anglers all over the world. Cast off from piers, shorelines, kayaks, or boats, and, if you’re here in the winter, make sure to try your luck at ice fishing for a one-of-a-kind experience. Local charters are available to take you around to the best spots and to ensure your excursion on the water is a fun and successful one.
For a laid-back, fuss-free dining experience, make plans to stop by Muskegon’s only beachfront restaurant for a delicious, casual meal, live music, and stunning waterside views. Cool down with a beer or frozen cocktail and settle in for a good time. The menu here is full of tantalizing options that are sure to hit the spot after a day on the water including BBQ, brisket, ribs, tacos, hand battered fish, nachos, and much more.
This popular summertime restaurant on the Harbor Town Marina is known for its gorgeous lakeside views, live music, weekday and Happy Hour specials, and some of the best specialty milkshakes around. Order a round of peel and eat shrimp, mussels, or tuna poké nachos for starters, then choose from a wide selection of hand-battered seafood platters, tacos, bowls, sandwiches, or fresh seafood entrees. Paired with a cold cocktail or a frosty Oreo shake, you can’t go wrong with anything on Dockers’ impressive menu. Dock and dine inside the restaurant, or for a convenient on-the-go option, order Dockers takeout and have it delivered straight to your boat.
Skip the Chicago traffic around Lake Michigan and cut hours off your drive time by taking the Lake Express ferry between Milwaukee and Muskegon. On its maiden voyage in 2004, the Lake Express became the first high-speed auto passenger ferry in the United States. Passengers love the ease and convenience of driving their cars onboard and then enjoying the two-and-a-half-hour ride in first-class seating. Order a meal from the cafe, catch up on work, or simply take in the stunning views of Lake Michigan–there’s no better way to travel.
The S.S. The Milwaukee Clipper is the oldest remaining passenger ship on the Great Lakes and is a National Historic Landmark. The original vessel, known as the Juniata, was built in 1904 by Detroit Shipbuilding Company with the capacity to carry 350 passengers and powered by a 3,000 horsepower steam engine. The ship was designed to accommodate first-class travelers and sailed between Buffalo and Duluth for decades until the wooden structure became a liability. It was restructured with steel in 1940 and continued to ferry passengers and automobiles between Muskegon, Milwaukee, and Chicago until 1970. Guided tours of the ship’s in-depth history are available for ticketed guests.
Opposite the marina on Lakeshore Drive is a charming row of shops, boutiques, restaurants and local businesses perfect for perusing at any point during your stay. With beautiful lakeside views and plenty to do and explore, an afternoon spent here is the perfect way to relax and enjoy everything Downtown Muskegon has to offer, all within walking distance.
This cool, casual neighborhood bar has been a popular local haunt since 1946. Stop by for a drink from a full selection of beer, wine, and liquor–stay for the outdoor patio and live music. The menu is stocked with familiar favorites, including pizza, burritos, burgers, subs, salads, and more. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind place off the beaten path, Marine Tap should be at the top of your list.