Our Top 5 Favorite Things to Do in South Haven
Your Vintage Inn B&B is booked, the car is packed, the pets are cared for, and the Lake Michigan shoreline weather is calling. But what to do first? There are so many sights to see in South Haven and you can’t go wrong with any sightseeing choices.
With so much to see and do in South Haven, here are just a few of our very most favorite spots where the locals (and the tourists) go!
Start your visit with a stroll down Phoenix Street
Phoenix Street is an historic shopping district in downtown South Haven. The street is lined with Victorian-style homes and businesses. Visitors can shop, visit one of the many tasting rooms for wine or beer samples, or simply enjoy strolling down the street and admiring the architecture and views of the lake and the marina.
Visit the Iconic South Haven Lighthouse
No trip to South Haven is complete without a visit to the historic South Haven Lighthouse. The South Haven Lighthouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The lighthouse was built in 1872 and is located on the south pier of the Black River. Visitors may tour the lighthouse and learn about its history. The keeper’s house is operated as the Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library, showcasing volumes related to the state’s maritime history and industry.
Go for a Swim in Lake Michigan!
When you’re done admiring the lighthouse, trek back to the shore! Your choices are varied, so go for a swim at one of the local beaches. South Haven is home to several beaches, including North Beach, South Beach, and Van Buren State Park Beach. North Beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Haven. The beach features soft sand, clear water, and plenty of room to relax and soak up the sun. Visitors can also rent paddle boards or kayaks to explore the lake.
Take a Hike or Bike!
Had enough water and sand? Head inland for a quiet hike or bike on the secluded dunes and trails. There are several hiking and biking trails in and around South Haven, including the Kal-Haven Trail and Van Buren State Park Trail. Highlights include a covered bridge on the Kal-Haven Trail and lake views from Van Buren State Park.
Float your Boat!
From kayaks to charter fishing boats and sunset cruises, there are lots of ways to get out on the water in South Haven! The harbor has many options. Don’t forget you can explore the Black River as well as Lake Michigan. Other water attractions nearby include a waterpark, water trail, boat charters and the historic Michigan Maritime Museum.
So, if you’re planning a trip to the South Haven area (or have already booked your stay at the Vintage Inn Bed & Breakfast), put together an astonishing itinerary to the South Haven area lakeshore and Lake Michigan. You won’t be sorry!