Check out everything Muskegon County has to offer by visiting the Muskegon County Visitors Bureau
Here are a few things you won’t want to miss while visiting the area.
The Muskegon Museum of Art devotes a gallery to the American love of vintage motorcycles with American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle.
American Icon offers a glimpse at the artistry of the motorcycle over the years, through vintage and custom bikes drawn from Muskegon area collections. The display includes motorcycles from Harley-Davidson alongside early, ultra-rare examples from American manufacturers Henderson and Excelsior. American Icon also features portraits and images that highlight the artistry of customized motorcycles and the men and women who ride them by Michigan photographers Bill Chardon and Jennifer Green.
Walk where heroes walked, right in downtown Muskegon! History jumps out at you from every deck and every corner. Discover LST 393’s outstanding wartime record as you tour a nationally renowned veterans museum with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
The ship opens for tours at 10 a.m. seven days a week. A complete tour of the five decks takes at least an hour, so the last tour ticket will be sold at 4 p.m. The ship closes at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are Adults: $8; Students: $5; Children under 4: free.
The Mission of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is to honor the men and women of the military, preserve military history and provide experiences that educate the public about past and present military history and technology.
Silversides received twelve battle stars for World War II service and was awarded one Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships, the third-most of any allied World War II submarine, behind only the USS Tang and USS Tautog. The tonnage of the ships sunk by Silversides amounted to 90,080 tons, second only to Tang’s total. Judged by such standards, Silversides has the most prolific combat record of any still-extant American submarine.
Our Hours of Operation are: Open 7 days per week. Friday and Saturday 10AM-5:30PM and 10AM-4:00PM Sunday thru Thursday. General Admission: Adults- $15.00. Veterans and Seniors- $12.50 Active Duty- FREE, Children 5 to 18- $10.50 Children Under 5- FREE.
THE QUEEN OF THE GREAT LAKES”
The SS Milwaukee Clipper, is a retired passenger ship and automobile ferry that sailed the Great Lakes. The Milwaukee Clipper is one of only two US passenger steamships left on the Great Lakes.
S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Ship Tours Schedule
The ship is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 5pm. The last tour leaves at 4:15pm
Tickets: Adults $7.00 – Students $5.00 – Children under 6 yrs old Free.
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center for a 400 million year journey that explores the prehistoric plants and animals of Michigan’s past. Or get pulled into the Science Center, where everyone can learn about simple science through hands-on activities for the whole family.
Tour the beautifully restored Hackley & Hume Historic Site homes and walk through the unique living spaces showcasing how local Muskegon lumber barons lived in their late 19th Century Victorian homes.
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing is a perfect family activity, promising an outdoor adventure for all ages. Your tour will take you through 10,000 years of Michigan History in a natural woodland setting near Whitehall in northern Muskegon County. “Make and Take” vintage crafts such as candle dipping are part of the experience!
Hands-on experiences await visitors along the paved trail through the park. Become a paleontologist and help us unearth a mastodon at the dig site. Experience daily life in a Native American Wigwam Village (1650), interact with a fur trader (1760) stocking his shelves in the Fur Trade Post and participate in the trade. In the Settlers Cabin (1830), learn about the life of early settlers and help with daily chores. Visit with Civil War Soldiers (1861 to 1865) in their winter camp and hear about the dangers in camp. Stretch out on a bunk in the Lumber Shanty (1880) and learn what “small game in the bunk” means. Discover what it took to put dinner on the table in the Farmhouse (1900) and learn what the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933) did in Michigan.
Operating Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. (last ticket sold at 3:45)
Location & Directions: Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing, 8637 N. Durham Rd., Whitehall, MI
$10 Adults (13-64)
$8 Seniors (65 and up)
$5 Youth (3-12)
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is located in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial & social history of the greater Muskegon area. The collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses. There is a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools. There is also a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.
The Museum has over 12,000 square feet of display space, spanning three floors!
Muskegon Bike Time will continue to plan and promote a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers. They include:
- Patriot Ride – scenic ride that raises funds to support Every Woman’s Place shelter.
- 7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing 7 different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
- Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, brewery’s, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
- Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.
- Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.
Click here for ride maps.
If you have a special event in the area during Bike Time weekend that you would like to be listed, send a link with complete event details here.