Below are some great places to check out on your way to Gerber Scout Reservation. For more information please refer to the following:
- Explore Michigan – https://www.michigan.org/
- Twin Lake Chamber of Commerce 262.877.2220 – http://twinlakeschamber.com/
- Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 426 Scenic Drive
N. Muskegon, MI 49445, 1-877-879-5843, https://www.msports.org. Public luge sessions are scheduled from Friday to Sunday each weekend of the winter. Each luge session includes a brief lesson from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony. Passes for the luge track must be purchased in advance of your visit. Our mission is to provide quality, reliable, winter recreational sports activities and programs to both Muskegon County residents and visitors to the area. To uphold the strict environmental guidelines set forth by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to protect the quality and enjoyment of the Muskegon State Park.
- USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI 49441-1089, +1 231-755-1230, https://silversidesmuseum.org. 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.
- Hackley and Hume Historic Site, 484 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440-1046, 1 231-722-7578, https://lakeshoremuseum.org/project/hackley-hume. Charles H. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids to design and build the magnificent houses and City Barn for Hackley and his partner Thomas Hume with construction taking place between 1887 and 1889. Structurally restored to its 1890s appearance, the Hackley House is a unique example of Victorian architecture and late nineteenth century interior decorative arts. Nationally known artisans from Chicago and New York used original samples uncovered during restoration to bring the elaborate interior stenciling and the 13-color exterior paint scheme back to life.
- Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440-1282, 1 231-720-2570, https://muskegonartmuseum.org. 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.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353, 616-254-0400, https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov. At the core of the Museum is the permanent exhibit, which allows visitors to experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford’s lives. The exhibit teaches democratic citizenship and allows for quiet reflection. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibits draw artifacts from Museums all over the country. Not all museum programming revolves around the exhibits; we also offer a wide variety of family-friendly events and lectures on a regular basis; the Museum Store sells items relating to the Ford presidency, other Presidents and First Ladies, and other souvenirs. The Ford Museum opened to the public in September 1981 and is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan while the Ford Library is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Despite the separation, the library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.
- Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5351, 616-929-1700, https://www.grpm.org. The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a long history as an educational resource in the community. Founded in 1854 as the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History, the Museum’s first collections were the “Cabinets of Curiosities” put together by important civic leaders such as John Ball.
- Woodland Mall, 3195 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512-7808, 616-949-0012, https://shopwoodlandmall.com. Woodland houses various well-known retailers to provide shoppers with exactly what they need. Stop by and explore through brands like ALDO, Altar’d State, American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Express, Foot Locker, Forever 21, J. Crew, J. Jill, LUSH, The Children’s Place, North Face, and dozens of other top-notch retailers. New merchants arriving in 2019 include REI, Urban Outfitters, A Beautiful Soul, Black Rock Bar & Grill, and Von Maur. Dining options vary, providing a one-stop shop for our shoppers’ to enjoy quality meals. These include Red Robin, Sbarro, Subway, On the Border, Olga’s Kitchen and Starbucks. In addition to providing shoppers and guests an excellent selection of shopping, dining and entertainment offerings, Woodland Mall also hosts many free events and programs for the community and families to enjoy year-round.