Yes the Beach should Beckon's but in Grand Haven the State Park beach is situated next to the boardwalk which leads to a lighthouse and a tower beacon and is an awesome place for seeing a romantic sunset.
The beach has full facilities to shower after a day on the beach and has a small food court. Bring all your beach toys because there is plenty of space to play. Park has fantastic volleyball courts and Lake Michigans famous "Singing Sand". There are many other food and ice cream places within walking distance but not for too young of kids. Plan a trip to Pronto Pups for a Grand Haven lunch treat.
ARRIVE EARLY (by 11am) on a hot Michigan day as the park reaches capacity very quickly and often there is a mile long line of cars trying to get in only to be turned away so don't be surprised by this. As an alternate you can park along US31 at a local shopping center (enter Family Dollar in your GPS) and ride the bus system to the park, you just don't have access to your car but they will give you a ride back too. There is a varying cost to this service each year.
Tripadvisor only lets me select one type of visit but I have been here many times and this is a great place to take family with young kids or teens or a friends get together and there are several places nearby for business meetings.
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