Southwest Michigan Shoreline Summer Guide
Things To Do
Michigan State Parks
This 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Benton Harbor challenges with its diverse terrain.
Silver Beach County Park
Curious Kids' Museum
Kids make giant bubbles, create a newscast, drive an ambulance, and explore 100 more hands-on exhibits at the St. Joseph Museum.
Box Factory for the Arts
This rehabbed factory offers three art galleries, live music, more than 40 artists' studios, and classes in downtown St. Joseph.
Acres of blueberry bushes await pickers at this farm on the edge of South Haven. An on-site market sells boxes of berries, plus other blueberry specialties such as barbecue sauce, pancake mix, and salsa.
Friends Good Will
Feel the wind in your face at the bow of this sloop during a 90-minute sail from South Haven. Learn the original tall ship's role in the War of 1812.
Retro Boat Rentals
Cruise around Saugatuck Harbor in vintage eye candy, like a 1959 Bell Boy Banshee.
Windmill Island Gardens
In Holland, a working windmill, with the only female Dutch-certified miller in North America, towers above a 36-acre island. A re-created 14th-century Dutch inn houses a museum.
Grand Haven Musical Fountain
Colorful jets of water dance to music by the likes of Sousa and Led Zeppelin in a 25-minute show every summer night in Grand Haven.
The price of admission includes land and water rides. Catch a wave, plunge down a water slide, and ride the state's fastest wooden roller coaster at Muskegon's amusement park.
Mac Wood's Dune Rides
Open-air vehicles (imagine a jeep-truck hybrid) carry guests on a 40-minute roller coaster-like ride along Lake Michigan on Silver Lake Dunes in Mears.
Places To Stay
The Inn at Harbor Shores (St. Joseph, MI)
Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast (South Haven, MI)
The Fields - Glamping Tents (South Haven, MI)
Lake Shore Resort (Saugatuck, MI)
The Pines Motorlodge (Saugatuck, MI)
CityFlatsHotel (Holland, MI)
Nader's Motel and Suites (Luddington, MI)