Activities

Here are just a few things you can do during your visit:

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South Haven Beaches

South Haven is fortunate to have seven public beaches or access sites. The North and South Beaches are the largest and most frequently used. Both have concession stands, restrooms, and parking areas. South Beach has children’s playground equipment and our big red lighthouse. North Beach is set up for volleyball games.

North Beach
Lakeshore Dr, South Haven, MI 49090
Open all year | 8am-10pm. Swimming, Pier Walking, Concessions, Playgrounds and fishing. No entrance fees. No Pets.

South Beach
Water St., South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269.637.0726
Open all year | 8am-10pm. Swimming, Pier Walking, Concessions, Playgrounds, Historical Memorials, Skateboard Park, Lighthouse and fishing. No entrance fees. No pets.

Van Buren State Beach & Dunes
23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090
Van Buren State Park offers approximately 400 acres of land located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Van Buren County. The focal points of the park are its high dune formations and one mile of sandy beach. Features: Michigan State Park Explorer Program, Hunting, Playground, Lake Michigan Beach (swimming, sunbathing and surf-casting), Picnic Area (Picnic tables and fire pits/grills Picnic Area) hiking trails. Driving Directions: From I-96 take Exit 13 W. 1/2 mile, N. on Old Blue Star Hwy. For 4 miles. Left on Cr 380, then left on Ruggles Rd.

Saugatuck Beaches

Oval Beach
The end of Perryman Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: (269) 857-1701
Oval Beach Park and Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area are open year ’round. During summer season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) Beach and Natural Area are open 9am -10pm daily parking fee $6 (9am-9pm). $40 season permit.

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Open air market featuring fresh produce from local farms. In downtown South Haven at the Pavilion every Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (May-Oct)

Lakeshore Harvest Country

This part of Michigan is an area where you’re welcome to visit an array of family farms. We grow fruits and vegetables with the help of Lake Michigan breezes. Discover a great variety of fresh produce grown on our farms, plus wine, cider, jams, salsas, eggs, pies, artisan breads, ice cream, and honey. Both kids and adults love to walk around and discover life on the farm while enjoying our u-pick or we-pick produce. You might even run across some contented cows, enjoy a hay ride or choose your own pumpkin! Lakeshore Harvest Country also offers 4 special days filled with great food and farm fresh fun! Phone: (269) 236-6312

Blue Coast Artists Studio Tours

Celebrating their 24th season the Blue Coast Artists tour once again invite visitors to a behind-the-scenes look into the studios and galleries of twelve studio artists. This site gives you a sample of the work from each artist before visiting the studios. View the tour map for directions to the member studios’ of Blue Coast Artists and to the ten member farms of Lakeshore Harvest Country. The artists also invite you to enjoy the hospitality of the area’s other attractions, including agri-tourism farms, wineries, art studios and restaurants located along the tour. Come and discover what makes this region unique! Phone: (269) 236-9260.

Michigan Maritime Museum

Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan’s most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education. The Michigan Maritime Museum is located at 260 Dyckman Avenue in  South Haven.  Phone: (269) 637-8078

Friends Good Will Tall Ship

The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. The historic replica is the only Tall Ship to sail the Great Lakes with a state-of-the-art, interactive, floating classroom. Friends Good Will, fully U.S. Coast Guard-approved for passengers, is available for day sails as well as private charters. Friends Good Will also makes several voyages to other ports during the sailing season.

RiverWalk Park

Each Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., South Haven’s Riverfront Park hosts a variety of musical performances, including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary. Concerts are free to the public. Nestled on the banks of the Black River and located just one block west of downtown South Haven, Riverfront Park provides an ideal setting for the concert series. (May-Aug)

Foundry Hall

Foundry Hall is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization building community through music and has been South Haven’s home for original music for more than seven years. The organization offers music education and resources for musicians, as well as informal opportunities for musicians to play together. Foundry Hall hosts live, all-ages performances in various locations throughout the area – often featuring regional and national musicians performing original music. Foundry Hall’s main office and community/educational programs are located in the new annex of the Robert Warren Center, on the first floor of the River Terrace apartment building at 540 Williams Street in South Haven. Office phone: (269) 206-3059. Check Foundry Hall’s website for performance schedule and locations.

Kal-Haven Trail

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The Kal-Haven Trail is a 33.5 mile long linear multi-use trail that links Kalamazoo a major southwest Michigan city to South Haven a Lake Michigan resort area. The trail starts in South Haven on North Bailey Avenue and ends in Kalamazoo on 10th Street. The route of the Kal-Haven originally was a railroad completed in 1870, the railroad bed has been converted to a trail with a limestone/slag surface. It is usable for all non-motorized bicycles, hiking, and snowmobiling when there is a 4-inch snow base.

Van Buren Trail

Bike or hike south through Van Buren County parallel with Lake Michigan! The Van Buren Trail has an unimproved surface and runs from the city of Hartford to the city of South Haven. There is parking in the Hartford trailhead but not in South Haven. We are in the process of planning a new trailhead with parking. Directions: The Van Buren Trail’s South Haven Trailhead is located on Lovejoy Street next to the water tower. To find the trail, take Lagrange Street to Aylworth Ave (next to South Haven High School across from McDonald’s) go west on Aylworth Ave to Kalamazoo Street, South on Kalamazoo Street to Lovejoy Ave – the trail is a 0.1 miles to the west on Lovejoy Ave on the south side of the street.

Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail

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The Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail is a canoe and kayak trail encompassing approximately 8.5 miles of river pathway created and maintained from the Basic Family Access on County Road 384 to the South Haven Black River Park access. You can put in at the canoe and kayak launch site in South Haven or the Basic Family Access. The Basic Family Access is located on the north-east corner of the river. A path way leads down to the river under the bridge. The Black River Park Access is on Dunkley Avenue. No need to enter the paid parking area or to use the pay boat launch because there is a free spot just before that. As you enter the Black River Park area, look to the left for the big Willow tree along the river. The launch site for canoes and kayaks is right there. There is a sign indicating the B/SH HWTA launch is there. The river at this point is wide and is considered a Class 1 experience. The South Haven harbor can be busy with powerboats, sailboats and personal watercraft so please use caution. There are no public put-in / take-out spots along the route but you may be able to exit at Phoenix Road and 8th Avenue with care and caution. The 8.5 miles to Black River Park takes about 3 ½ to 4 hours in normal river levels. Again, water levels will affect the velocity of water through the cut pathways so please be aware of recent rainfall. These stretches are really beautiful. You’ll have a great paddle!

Golf

Championship courses like Hawk’s Head, an Arthur Hill course, or Ravines, a Palmer course, can challenge any golfing fanatic. Here are just a few:
Beeches Golf Club
523 Hawksnest, Dr. South Haven
Phone: (269) 639-2121

HawksHead Links
7097 Orchard Lake Dr, South Haven
Phone: (269) 227-3226

Ravines Golf Club
3520 Palmer Drive, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: (269)857-1616

Wine Trail

Called the Napa Valley of the Midwest, the area along the shoreline of Lake Michigan is wine country.  Like the hills of California, the land is ideal for handcrafting fine wines, and our charming resort towns and incredible shoreline are like bottles of bubbly waiting to be uncorked. Gifted winemakers have clustered more than a dozen wineries and tasting rooms within a short drive of each other, and you can travel the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail to explore Michigan’s finest vineyards. Each offers a different experience – whether you seek a romantic getaway, expert advice on selecting the right wine, dinner overlooking the vineyards, or a grape-stomping good time.

Rainy Day Fun

Searching for a playful, rainy day activity for kids and adults alike? Express Yourself Art Barn is a beautiful old barn with soaring ceilings and hand hewn beams that was built in 1880. Its owners have turned it into an art studio, a place where anyone, regardless of talent, can come and explore and play. Spend an hour or stay for the entire day. Painting, mosaicing, fusing glass, stringing beads, throwing a pot on the wheel, and more. Located at 6459 – 130th Avenue in Fennville, Michigan. Open daily Memorial Day-August. Weekend hours in Sept. and Oct. Phone: (269)857-5566. Check the schedule and get details.

For More Info:

Saugatuck/Douglas – The Art Coast of Michigan

South Haven Visitors Bureau