Muskegon, MI

Overview

Muskegon is home to the largest beach in Western Michigan, and the coastline serves as a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. The city takes pride in keeping the beaches clean and pet-friendly, and boating and fishing are very popular here as well. Believe it or not, a small but dedicated community of surfers takes full advantage of the Lake Michigan wave action in Muskegon. There’s an abundance of outdoor family activities year-round, with the Michigan’s Adventure amusement park in the summer and Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offering everything from luge to cross-country skiing when it gets cold. The city contains several landmarks celebrating the area’s history as both a lumber region and a maritime center. The arts and culture scene incorporates the Muskegon Museum of Art, Broadway musicals at the Frauenthal, and performances by the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Less than an hour outside of town, folks renting in Muskegon can easily get to Grand Rapids or the sprawling natural splendor of Manistee National Forest.

4 Neighborhoods in Muskegon, MI

  • E Muskegon/Norton Shores

    East Muskegon/Norton Shores provides comfortable apartments, condos, and single-family houses for rent to those who work in the greater Muskegon area. Norton Shores is located just south of Muskegon along the shores of Lake Michigan, and East Muskegon is just to the east of downtown. Muskegon as a whole rests about 30 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, with I-96 providing an easy connection for commuters.

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  • Muskegon Heights

    Located just three miles south of downtown Muskegon and 40 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Muskegon Heights offers residents the chance get away from their apartments and explore the great outdoors. Head to Mona Lake Park for fishing, swimming, canoeing, or picnicking along Mona Lake. Discover a tiny patch of nature at Johnny Harris Park on Broadway Avenue as you explore Little Black Creek.

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  • Nelson

    Soak up the small-town, Midwestern charm in Nelson. This sizable neighborhood encompasses downtown Muskegon, a large section of shoreline, and a large residential area filled with modest detached homes and newer apartment buildings. The north end places you within walking distance of downtown bars and restaurants; if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, take a stroll down the tree-lined avenues near Mercy Health Hospital.

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  • Norton Shores

    The Norton Shores neighborhood of Muskegon sits just below Mona Lake and east of the shores of Lake Michigan. This mainly residential area features quiet, tree-lined streets and ranch-style houses. Residents enjoy a relaxed pace of life and a low cost of living, especially considering the area's close proximity to several waterfronts. Nature lovers flock to this area of the state to enjoy the sandy beaches and pristine waters of Lake Michigan where they can enjoy a variety of water sports throughout the year. Norton Shores houses a mixture of retirees spending their days at the beach and young families who want to live away from urban areas and enjoy small-town life.

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