Friends Weekend in Muskegon, Michigan

Here’s the itinerary we followed with our group of eight in Muskegon! It’s a small, cute beach town on the west side of the state.

FRIDAY: BEER + BEACH

On our way in from the Detroit area, we stopped at Perrin Brewing for lunch. This is a nice sized brewery with lots of beer, food and indoor/outdoor seating.

Next we went over to the beach for the day! There are a few beach options to choose from:

Pere Marquette Beach: Here you can see the lighthouse and walk down the boardwalk here – along with a large beach area.

Muskegon State Park: I like supporting state parks and this beach is nice. It’s pretty much the same as Pere Marquette, just under DNR jurisdiction. A great place to camp as well!

Kruse Park Beach: This beach was within walking distance of our airbnb, so it was the winner for us! It’s much more private and less crowded. It’s a dog beach so dogs are allowed to run around freely. There are stairs you can climb to a pretty lookout.

We went to The Deck for dinner, which is in Pere Marquette Park. It’s right on the water which is nice. The food is just typical bar food. Another on the water option is Dockers. It’s on the marina and has higher quality food in my opinion.

SATURDAY: TUBING + MORE BEER
We drove about 30 minutes to Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery to tube down the White River! Everyone gets their own tube and you can connect them all together. You can also get a cooler tube and bring drinks/snacks. The trip lasts about 3 hours and was fun. Some parts get a little sketchy depending on when you go/the weather. We got caught at some fallen logs!

After going home and changing, we went downtown. We walked around and then got beers at Unruly Brewing Company. Then we settled into Pigeon Hill Brewing for the night! You can get pizza from next door at Topshelf Bar & Pizza. They had live music playing all night and we got pitchers of one of my favorite beers, Oatmeal Cream Pie.

Be sure to check out this underrated beachtown for lots of beach and beer!

QUICK ITINERARY:
DAY 1
-Lunch at Perrin Brewing
-Beach time at Pere Marquette Beach, Muskegon State Park or Kruse Park Beach
-Dinner at The Deck

DAY 2
-Tubing at Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery
-Dinner and drinks downtown at Unruly Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing

Check out other Michigan group trip ideas: Saugatuck, St. Joseph and Boyne City.

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