Run Through a (not-so) Secret Tunnel to one of Lake Michigan’s Most Popular Beaches

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Note: As of the summer of 2019, the beach is a bit narrower than it has been in past years (as many area beaches seem to be shrinking this year). There is still room to set up a towel and play for the day, but space is more limited than it has been in years past.

Follow the Tunnel to Lake Michigan Glory at Tunnel Park

It’s no surprise (given the name) that one of the cool things about Tunnel Park is the tunnel you walk through to get to the beach. So much fun for kids!

Tunnel Park boys running

But if underground walks don’t excite you, there’s plenty of above-ground views to keep you coming back to this popular beach in Holland.

Like a dune climb with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Or the sandy beaches.

Tunnel Park Cassel views

Part of the Ottawa County parks system, Tunnel Park is a favorite for families. There’s a clean beach, bathrooms, playground for kids, and lots of picnicking areas.

Tunnel Park boys on beach

Tunnel Park is also partially handicap accessible. Barrier free areas include the picnic shelters, restrooms, playground, some picnic tables and grills, as well as trails to key use areas including through the tunnel to a beach overlook deck, according to Ottawa County Parks.

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Tunnel Park girl beach

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Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Get to the beach through the tunnel behind the bathroom area.
  • There are stairs, so pack accordingly.
  • There is not a garbage on the beach, so if you bring food, bring a bag to put garbage in.
  • While they do have life vests to borrow, they can be claimed pretty quickly.
  • If you love sand volleyball, bring a ball – they have multiple sand volleyball courts.
  • Picnicking areas and a playground are separate from the beach.
  • There’s a really cool overlook and big sand hill the kids can run down.

Tunnel Park boys on playground 1 1

The play structures might be a little big for some toddlers, but the tunnel, the dune, and the beach are all fun for toddlers!

Tunnel Park climbing boy Kamphuis

Tunnel Park offers many amenities, including:

  • Swimming Beach (NO LIFEGUARDS)
  • Playground
  • Dune climb/stairway
  • Picnic tables & grills
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Modern restrooms
  • Barrier free facilities

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Tunnel Park playground

The bathrooms are modern and clean.

Tunnel Park entrance

Yes. There are picnic tables and grills available.

Tunnel Park (which the exception of the tunnel!) is mostly in the sun. You will find shade trees, and there are covered picnic shelters, but be prepared for lots of sun.
It all depends on how many people are on the beach. In the summer it’s probably too crowded for kite-flying fun.
Tunnel Park costs $5/vehicle for Ottawa County residents or $7 for non-residents. Many of our GRKIDS favorite beaches (Kirk Park, North Beach Park, and Rosy Mound) also require an Ottawa County Parks pass and it is certainly worth it if you frequent the beach.
Tunnel Park is open April 1 till the first snowfall, 7 AM – 10 PM.
There is plenty of parking at Tunnel Park.

Have Tips or Questions about Tunnel Park?

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