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Day Trips: See the Sights!

Enjoy discovering West Michigan’s popular destinations by taking a day trip with your Forest Hills friends and neighbors! Our trips include comfortable round trip transportation provided by Great Lakes Motorcoach with a friendly host and guide.

Muskegon Day Trip

Thursday, November 9, 2017

8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register by Thursday, October 12

In honor of upcoming Veterans Day, this day trip starts with a tour of the USS Silverside Museum in Muskegon. Following, there is a historical tour of the downtown area, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Frauenthal Theater.

USS Silversides Museum

Built just eight years ago in 2009, the USS Silversides Museum tells the story of the featured submarine’s critical role in World War II. In this two-story space, you’ll find an extensive collection of WWII military items and ship models.

Not only does the building contain interesting artifacts, but it creates a permanent home for the USS Silversides submarine (docked in Muskegon since 1987) and the US Coast Guard Cutter McLane. Each year, the submarine and cutter hosts 8,500 Scouts and other overnight guests. The new museum building provides ample room for indoor eating areas and restrooms for all visitors.

Though the sub and cutter are available for tours, those who have difficulty with stairs or ladders (or tight spaces) are not advised to partake. The Museum’s 30-minute video presentation is a great way to view the sub without actually going through it.

For lunch, it’s submarine sandwiches, of course! Enjoy your meal in the Museum’s channel view room, overlooking the picturesque channel between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Each boxed lunch from Firehouse Subs has a submarine sandwich (smoked turkey or roast beef), chips and cookie. Decaf coffee and water provided.

On-Bus Historical Tour

On-bus Historical Tour Muskegon’s Visitor Bureau representative, Bernadette Benkert, will board our motorcoach for a historical tour and stories about Muskegon. From the comfort of the motorcoach, view the buildings and other significant sites in the downtown area.

Frauenthal Theater

Formerly known as the Michigan Theater, it was built in 1929 by Muskegon’s own movie mogul, Paul Shlossman. His original vision of a Spanish castle is still evident in the architectural styling, gold accents, ornate carvings, and elaborate light fixtures. The tour uncovers the history and workings of this Muskegon gem and will leave you with an even deeper appreciation of how it has been preserved.

The Details

On Thursday, November 9, arrive at Forest Hills Community Services, 660 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, by 8:45 a.m. to check-in in the building and then board the motorcoach. Return around 3:00 p.m. The cost is $47 per person ($49 for non-residents).

Register by clicking/tapping here or call the Community Services office at (616) 493-8950.


USS Silversides



Frauenthal Theater


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