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Say Hello to Muskegon:

Charismatic Lakeshore Meets Laidback Lifestyle

Situated along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Muskegon is graced with miles of accessible, pristine beaches and northern woodlands. This diverse community offers a unique and affordable laid-back lifestyle rich in cultural and arts opportunities. Muskegon’s interesting history as a successful lumber town lead to a lasting philanthropic legacy evident in its historic downtown. Residents enjoy friendly neighborhoods and endless recreational opportunities unique to its beautiful lakeshore.

Muskegon is a hotspot for the entrepreneurs-driven, knowledge-based economy where advanced manufacturing thrives alongside historic leaders in metal, plastics and agricultural products. The community’s focus on education, medical care, and sustainability lead to Forbes naming it as the highest-ranking city in Michigan for job growth.

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Muskegon offers a wealth of living options, ranging from beach side cottages to rural communities.  The historic downtown area offers condos, apartments and townhouse options, and is surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods.

Angell Jackson Hill Nelson
Beachwood-Bluffton Lakeside Nims
Campbell Field Marquette Oakview
East Muskegon Marsh Field Sheldon Park
Glenside McLaughlin Steele

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Muskegon’s surrounding communities offer a variety of living styles to suit the tastes of its diverse population. To learn about Muskegon’s suburbs, click on the following communities for more information.

Nestled between Muskegon and Kent counties, Casanovia is situated at the top of a hill overlooking West Michigan’s beautiful orchard country. Residents of Casanovia typically attend Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Located halfway between Muskegon and Grand Haven, Fruitport is an area rich in agriculture. Pomona Park provides easy access to the eastern tip of Spring Lake.

One of the two towns on the eastern point of White Lake (Whitehall being the other), Montague offers a downtown shopping district, several parks, and extensive bike trails.

Muskegon Heights
Located south of the city of Muskegon, and only four miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, Muskegon Heights offers a diverse setting for a growing family.

North Muskegon

Almost an island, North Muskegon sits on a narrow penninsula between Muskegon Lake and the smaller Bear Lake. The town has its own school district.

Norton Shores

On the south side of Mona Lake, with 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Norton Shores is a mix of rural and suburban. The nearby PJ Hoffmaster State Park offers a spectacular setting for outdoor enthusiasts.

A rural community, Ravenna is a thirty minute drive from Muskegon. The township has its own school district and the village has two parks.

Roosevelt Park
A blend of residential and commercial, Roosevelt Park offers nine parks within its city limits, each one as unique as the neighborhood in which it’s located.

As the other town on the eastern tip of White Lake (Montague being its norther counterpart), Whitehall offers a historic main street and easy access to Lake Michigan and White Lake for water enthusiasts.

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Muskegon’s coastal lifestyle offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and cultural venues in unique settings.  The community offers so much variety that Forbes magazine ranks Muskegon as number 10 nationwide for culture and leisure activities among cities its size.

The beautiful Frauenthal Center, a versatile and artistic venue, offers performances and is rented for weddings and receptions, parties on the stage, business meetings, and speaking engagements.

Grand Valley State University offers many performances, lectures, and concerts that are open to the public in Allendale and Grand Rapids.

While you visit USS Silversides Submarine Museum, climb aboard and immerse yourself into the past aboard USS SILVERSIDES – a WWII submarine, and USCGC McLANE – a 1927 Coast Guard Cutter. Explore the decks and compartments and experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board these military vessels.

West Michigan Symphony serves a regional audience with eight concerts annually at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, plus they provide dozens of educational and outreach activities for children and adults.

With performances that range from jazz, to chamber, to cabaret-style vocals, The Block hosts over a dozen shows per season and is available as a rental hall for special events.

The Holton Historical Society Museum allows space to display photos, oral histories, and documentation of families and farms, and maps of the Holton area collected by members and donated by citizens.

Formerly the Muskegon County Museum, the Lakeshore Museum Center is made up of multiple sites and buildings. In addition to the natural and cultural history museum, it offers the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Archives and much more.

Muskegon Civic Theatre is the only community theatre in Muskegon County, and utilizes volunteers in all aspects of the performing arts.

The Muskegon County Museum of African American Historyprovides local historical African American legacy information that will instill pride and motivation for young African Americans.

The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.

The Taste of Muskegon is a celebration of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries, and more serving up their specialties.

For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. The Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

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With so much good happening in West Michigan, it’s easy to make your mark. If you want to make a real impact in the community you live in, we are the place to be. As a region, we rank above the national average in hours spent volunteering, and rank second in the nation in philanthropic giving.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

Muskegon Jaycees encourages young professionals ages 21-40 through business development and community involvement.

Catholic Charities West Michigan‘s programs and services focus on four distinct areas: community outreach, behavioral health, foster care and adoption, and family support.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired serves adults and youth with low vision clinics, rehabilitation services, and support groups throughout 13 West Michigan counties.


Grand Valley State University’s Diversity Resource Offices serve faculty, staff, students, and the community through its Inclusion and Equity Office, Disability Support Services, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Padnos International Center, and Women’s Center.

The Hispanic Center of West Michigan serves as a resource for the Hispanic and broader community.

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist in the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan.

The Institute for Healing Racism-Muskegon was established September 15, 1998 to build a just community in which racism, prejudice, hate, and their effects are eliminated.

The West Michigan Chamber Coalition publishes a guide to women and minority owned businesses in the area.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Tribal Service Area Map

Latina Network of West Michigan

Muskegon Young Black Professionals


Nature’s amenities are a draw for recreation-seekers, many of whom choose Muskegon for its 26 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 400 miles of rivers, more than 11,000 acres of inland lakes for boating, swimming, fishing or just relaxing as well as Muskegon’s award-winning beaches. A favorite port of call, miles and miles of trails and unspoiled coastline, rivers for rafting and fishing, and one of three luge runs in the U.S. make Muskegon a year-round recreation destination.

Great Lakes Marina resides on breathtaking Lake Muskegon, which is 50 feet deep, 8 miles long and 2 miles wide, and connects with Lake Michigan allowing full access to the water and everything it has to offer.

The main attractions of PJ Hoffmaster State Park are the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune where an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan, the Gillette Visitor Center, three miles of sandy beaches, and 10 miles of hiking trails.

Michigan’s Adventure is a theme and water park featuring seven roller coasters.

Gillette Nature Center promotes and sponsors interpretive activities and educational opportunities for the Muskegon and Ottawa county community surrounding the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

The Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a complete list of beaches and parks in the area.

Muskegon Bike Time is a free, three-day motorcycle event.

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.

The Muskegon Risers are a member of The Premier League of America (PLA) and participate in both outdoor and indoor soccer seasons.

The West Michigan Ironmen Michigan’s only professional indoor football team and are currently playing the Champion Indoor Football League (CIF).

The West Michigan Lake Hawks are a professional basketball team playing in the American Basketball League (ABA). Their home games are played at a few different Muskegon Area High Schools and their season runs October through March.

Muskegon State Park offers more than two miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan and over one mile on Muskegon Lake, along with camping and hiking.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offers a luge run, ice skating, skiing, and more.


Muskegon has a variety of golf courses for every skill level:

Moss Ridge Golf Club

Chase Hammond Golf Course

Muskegon Country Club

Oak Ridge Golf Club

Stonegate Golf Club

Lincoln Golf Club

University Park Golf Course

Bent Pine Golf Course

White Lake Golf Club

Eagle Island Golf Course

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Restaurant Search

Our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureaus have a complete listing of area restaurants and a handy search tool.


Unruly Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Fetch Brewing Company

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Muskegon offers public, private and charter options for K-12 education.

Muskegon County is now offering the Promise scholarship, for resident Muskegon Area high school graduates with a 3.5 grade point average or higher. To be eligible, the Promise Scholars must have graduated from a high school within the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the scholarship will be accepted at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College of Muskegon. Click here for more information.

Public Schools

Muskegon Public Schools
Muskegon Public Schools is dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive educational, social, and cultural opportunities that will enable a diverse citizenry of all ages, interests, and abilities to lead productive, enriched lives.

Fruitport Public Schools
Known for their academic and co-curricular programs, the Fruitport district is located in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. They provide an environment that celebrates individuality, promotes problem solving through critical thinking and encourages students to fulfill their potential.

Holton Public Schools
Holton School District is situated in Muskegon County, in western Michigan. The District includes the Village of Holton, and all, or parts of, the Townships of Holton, Cedar Creek, and Blue Lake. Grades Pre K-12 are housed in three buildings and serve the District’s approximately 1000 students.

Mona Shores Public Schools
Mona Shores Public Schools is recognized throughout the area as one of the finest K-12 school districts in West Michigan.

Montague Area Public Schools
Montague Area Public Schools serves children from the City of Montague, Rothbury Village, Montague Township, White River Township and part of Grant, Otto, and Claybanks Townships—an area of more than 120 square miles. The size of the district allows teachers to know students well and personalize their instruction.

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Our primary mission is to provide leadership and services that enhance the delivery of instruction for the 12 constituent school districts and assisting other public and parochial schools.

Muskegon Heights Public Schools

Because families who live in Muskegon Heights stay for generations, students go to the same schools that their parents and grandparents attended. Students can’t get lost in the crowd because parents and teachers know each other and stay in touch. Helping students learn is everyone’s responsibility.
North Muskegon Public Schools
The beautiful community of North Muskegon has a long tradition of providing excellent education for its children. The belief that education is the major foundation for the future strength of our country and the cornerstone for individual success is the basis for our pursuit of academic excellence.

Oakridge Public Schools
The community of Oakridge Public Schools exists to prepare every student, within a safe and healthy environment, with a globally competitive education focused on college preparation, workplace success, and lifelong learning.

Orchard View Public Schools
Orchard View Schools believes in servicing the family as a whole. We provide an environment that promotes problem solving, critical thinking, and encouragement for all to reach their full potential.

Ravenna Public Schools
Ravenna is a progressive community that values young people. The entire community strives to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of its students. There are many examples of the community’s dedication to this task. In 2008 the district passed a $14.8 million dollar bond initiative.

Reeths Puffer Public Schools
An organization that lacks direction or a specific vision can not move forward.  What we do best at Reeths-Puffer is teaching and learning.  We strive to be the best at what we do and a strategic plan is critical to that success.

Whitehall Public School
Students, staff and parents of Whitehall District Schools are part of a community that takes pride in a quality educational system committed to the expectation that all students can and will learn. Educational programs are available for learners of all ages, child through adult. Two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and a community education program provide opportunities for all residents.

Private Schools

Calvary Christian Schools
Since 1980, CCS families in the greater Lakeshore area have chosen to be part of an educational community that understands the advantages of the local homes, local churches, and a family-friendly local school constructing a framework for life upon the same firm foundation.

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 30 vibrant learning communities serving more than 6,600 elementary and high school students throughout West Michigan. Their 25 elementary and five high schools inspire young people to grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. They partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

Muskegon Catholic Central
Muskegon Catholic Schools educate each student in spirit, mind, and body by fostering personal excellence within the Catholic tradition.

Muskegon Christian School
Our mission is to provide academic excellence with a Christian worldview to engage each student in a lifetime of Christian discipleship.

West Shore Lutheran School
West Shore Lutheran School will provide excellence in Christ-centered education. To do this we will instruct, nurture, and reach out to our congregations’ and communities’ families and children. Our goal is to serve Christ by serving families. That, together, we may learn, grow and live lives to the glory of God and in service to others.”

Western Michigan Christian High School
Western Michigan Christian High School’s mission is to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities. It is a 4 year private Christian school accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. Annually, more than 90% of our seniors enroll in two- or four-year college programs after graduation.

Charter Schools

Timberland Charter Academy
Timberland Charter Academy, home of the Timberwolves, is located 9 miles from Lake Michigan in Muskegon. We serve a diverse population of over 550 elementary and middle school students in our safe environment.

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Muskegon child care provider options are many and varied. There are child care providers that offer traditional preschool and kindergarten programs, full and half day child care in Muskegon MI, as well as before and after school care programs. Many Muskegon child care providers offer a specific type of learning approach or combination of learning approaches. For example, there are many child care providers that offer a “developmental approach”, an approach that is based on helping children thrive in learning and play. Other preschools and daycare providers of child care in Muskegon MI offer more formal approaches, including Montessori, Reggio Amelia.

ChildCare Smiles:
This website that makes it easy to find child care in Muskegon MI. You can simply enter your home or work address and find preschools and daycare centers that are within 5 miles, 10 miles or even 15 miles.
Muskegon Nannies – Search by availability, experience, and nanny rates!

For lists of Childcare facilities in the Muskegon area try these websites below.

124 Child Day Care Service Companies in Muskegon MI

There are 78 child development centers and preschools in Muskegon, MI

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West Michigan is home to a diverse population and vibrant faith communities, including Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Hispanic, Islamic, Jewish, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Protestant, Russian, Sudanese and Vietnamese institutions.

InfoMI provides a list of the diverse places of worship in Muskegon.

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Muskegon offers an array of healthcare options, ranging from large health systems to small hospitals and clinics that are sure to fit your needs.


Mercy Health is a nationally recognized healthcare destination with an unrelenting commitment to innovation, quality, diversity, compassion and access for all. There are three hospital campuses: Hackley Campus & Mercy Campus, located in Muskegon County and the Lakeshore Campus, located in Oceana County.

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital mission is to provide quality health care to the community. Located in Freemont, northeast of Muskegon.

Behavioral/Mental Health

HealthWest is a public provider of services for people with developmental disabilities and/or serious mental illness.

Pine Rest provides the Muskegon community with quality mental health care, including therapy and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Mercy Health’s staff of state-licensed social workers, PhD psychologists, MA psychologists and counselors work with a psychiatrist to deliver a host of behavioral health services.

Children’s Health Care

Mercy Health Center for Children’s Health and Safety offers a variety of programs and services designed to help children of all ages maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle.

Cancer Centers

The Cancer & Hematology Center of Muskegon is a large network of cancer centers built to deliver state-of-the-art cancer care throughout the region.

The Mercy Health’s Johnson Family Cancer Center promotes recovery by providing a soothing environment for patients and their families. Patients have access to the latest technology and receive their chemotherapy and radiation in one convenient location.

Heart Care

Mercy Health offers a complete range of services at the Dan & Mavis Thill Heart & Vascular Center and the Heart Center. These Centers provide open-heart surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery as well as comprehensive wellness and rehabilitation for better health.

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We’re redefining the senior living experience. Imagine a place where seniors are honored, respected and empowered to make decisions that affect their lives. Imagine days filled with purpose and meaning. Seniors enjoy freedom, independence and privacy when they choose it — security, companionship and support when they need it. That’s Sanctuary.

Chestnut Fields

Designed for retirees and seniors, you will find that Chestnut Fields provides the very best in retirement living with a focus on independent and personalized living spaces within a community atmosphere. The unique “Town Square” concept features an interior streetscape complete with actual streetlights, park benches, store-front canopies and greenery leading up to a personal entryway to each apartment. The site offers 20 one-bedroom apartments with a centrally located “Square” that includes a Café & Coffee Shop, Pharmacy, Post Office, a Beauty/Barber Shop and Community Room.

Renaissance Place
Renaissance Place is a unique twenty-four unit senior community that offers the features and amenities in affordable independent living that you deserve.

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