The bayous and creeks flowing into the Grand River form an inviting home for wildlife, including eagles that nest in the trees along the shoreline. Perched in their aeries, the birds study the water's surface. Spotting a disturbance, an eagle lifts off and glides toward the water, opening its talons to pluck the prey suspended just beneath the surface.
The team at Lakeshore Kayak Rental lends their kayaks—inspected and certified by the DNR—and other watercraft to help visitors stumble upon sights such as these throughout the gentle Grand River and its connecting waterways. The staff, which includes instructors claiming certifications from the American Canoe Association, provides lessons for beginner kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders, and recommends areas for more experienced outdoorsmen to explore. With advanced notice, Lakeshore's crew can also arrange transportation to and from some area lodgings and farther-away launch points. To encourage camaraderie throughout the kayaking community, Lakeshore's team hosts the annual Grand River Kayak Race.
Located in harbor-friendly Grand Haven, MACkite Boardsports Center offers a diverse range of land and water equipment ideal for enjoying Michigan's seasonal splendor. Guests can peruse a range of amphibious goodies, including stand-up paddleboards, kiteboarding gear, and electric longboards. When the seasons shifts to winter, they will find plenty of snowboarding and snow kiting gear along with a helpful service staff that can tune up pairs of skis and or a snowboard. The team's passion for all things kiteboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and snowboarding is reflected in the store's inventory. Whether it's a Cabrinha Switchblade or a Rome SKS snowboard, team members always ride the gear they stock and relay their recommendations to customers in earnest.
The owners of Sun Sports Rentals grew up rollicking among the beaches, waterways, and trails of western Michigan. Today, they outfit guests of all ages for outdoor adventures by renting out their fleet of canoes, single and tandem kayaks, and standup paddleboards harbored at Chinook Pier, just a mile from the beach. For guests holding the proper licensing, the selection expands to include Sea-Doo jet skis, as well as pontoon and jet boats. Alternatively, bike and moped rentals let visitors see and escape from natural wonders atop solid land. Sun Sports' team members happily help patrons launch their vessels, and can also arrange delivery. In addition to equipment rentals, they also dispense beach gear, snacks, and apparel.
Saddling over 90 years of combined horsemanship experience, including competition at the national level, the instructors at Out Side In focus their equestrian energies on benefitting the greater good. Led by executive director and psychotherapist Jennifer McVoy, the team spends much of its time focusing on equine-assisted psychotherapy, or EAP, a therapeutic approach that aims to improve quality of life for at-risk youth by using horses as catalysts for social and emotional growth. Riding lessons, offered in the disciplines of both English and Western, are aimed at helping riders of all ages and skill levels improve self esteem by walking a mile in someone else's horseshoes. Beginners can expect to start with the basic, entry-level skills of horse care, anatomy, saddling, and safety techniques before progressing to more advanced skills, such as jumping, barrel racing, or riding a horse through a drive-thru.
Player's Choice Golf couples a deep inventory of golf clubs, accessories, and apparel with training opportunities such as lessons and ball flight monitoring. Players in the market for a new driver can peruse the lineup of shiny new sticks from major names such as Titleist, TaylorMade, and Nike. A center representative assists with the fitting, making the process far more reliable than just buying any old club and casting a spell on it. And to ensure that the club matches height and swing style, players are encouraged to test drive their selection with the FlightScope X2 technology, which takes key measurements such as ball speed, spin, and flight angle.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum occupies two appropriately historic buildings?the Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, originally built in 1870, and the Akeley Building, originally built in 1871. Today, these relics display artifacts from Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven's pasts, documenting events all the way back to when the land belonged to Native Americans. They cover a diverse array of topics, too, from maritime exploration and medicine to decor, through rooms decorated with historically accurate furniture, art, and tablet computers.