Small towns in Michigan sit along the shores of one of the four bordering Great Lakes and in forested areas teaming with wildlife and outdoor adventures year around. Hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and boating suggest only a few activities enjoyed in Michigan’s small communities.
Known as a hub for automobile manufacturing, cereal producers and shipbuilders, small cities in the state make large contributions to the Michigan economy and maintain safe, family oriented environments in which to raise children. The top 21 small Michigan cities with the most colorful histories, biggest celebrity residents and old-fashioned laws on the books follow.
1. Grand Haven
The beach town on Lake Michigan’s east shore thrives with tourists who enjoy the natural beauty Grand Haven offers. With a population of 10,412 and a family oriented culture, this small town invites long walks on the beach and days lying in the sand.
The downtown area features souvenir shops, clothing stores and restaurants, casual and formal. The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar features live jazz along with wine and food. The Bil-Mar has seating with ocean views and outdoor dining for those wanting to hear and smell the sea while enjoying great food.
Kids have fun at the beach and the local attractions like the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. A history of the area, established in 1821 by Rix Robinson, sits in two historical buildings. Site seers get a look into the past of Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, Spring Lake and more, which is always a good thing to do when visiting an area. The world’s largest musical fountain draws residents and tourists to the downtown area for a show comparable to the Bellagio in Las Vegas.