World famous for beaches, boating and blueberries, South Haven has been a summer resort destination for more than 100 years. About an hour from downtown Grand Rapids, its “get-away-from-it-all” vibe extends to waterfront dining options, specialty boutiques, unique art galleries and a nostalgic movie theater.
Van Buren State Park. 10+ local beaches include a one-mile strip of sugar-sand shoreline in this park, which also features massive sand dunes and a 220-site modern campground. Traveling with your pet? Deerlick Creek Park is a dog-friendly Lake Michigan beach, and South Haven Bark Park is just 10 minutes from downtown.
South Pier Lighthouse. First lit in 1903, this iconic landmark perches at the end of a walkable pier and extended catwalk. A popular photo subject and an excellent vantage point for watching spectacular Lake Michigan sunsets.
Boating. Paddle, motor or sail your way around the Black River and Lake Michigan. There are many boat rentals, cruises and fishing charters to choose from.
Explore the Michigan Maritime Museum, which includes an historic replica tall ship. Stroll the Harbor Walk along the Black River and read the 21 markers detailing the city’s history as a commercial and recreational harbor. Cruise the Black River on the old-time electric river launch Lindy Lou and see U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat 36460, featured in the film “The Finest Hours.”
Local agriculture is a $200 million annual business. You can get a taste of it by hand-selecting produce at more than two dozen u-pick farms, lifting a pint of beer at local breweries and sampling wines at vineyard tasting rooms.