My family (my husband, 7 year old, 3 year old, and 2 year old) will be traveling to Michigan from Cincinnati the first week of August. This will be our first trip to Michigan. With all the research I have done, I have found Grand Haven to be the best area for what we are looking for, UNTIL I found out that the Coast Guard Festival was that week. I am looking for an affordable beach town where my family can enjoy the beach during the day, and enjoy the town at night, with things for us to do as a family (such as putt putt golf, tourist shopping, etc). Can anyone make any suggestions to me? Grand Haven sounded wonderful, but I am not sure we would truly be able to enjoy ourselves with the crowds. HELP!