Sometimes you find little towns off the beaten path that go from unknown to family favorite in minutes! A few years ago we drove into South Haven, Michigan not knowing that we were about to discover one of our favorite places in South Michigan. The weather was not perfect but our time spent there was absolutely memorable!
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What to See & Do in South Haven Michigan
South Haven, Michigan is a small town located right on Lake Michigan. This quaint lakeside beach town offers something for everyone.
When we arrived in the late afternoon, the wind was picking up and the raindrops were starting to fall. But a little rain and wind have never stopped us from exploring. We simply grabbed our hoodies and jackets and headed out to the South Haven Michigan, South Pier Lighthouse.
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The lighthouse is located at the end of a short pier on South Beach. Consider yourself warned though before you walk to the end. You will probably catch some spray from the waves, so wear shoes that can get wet and keep your camera protected.
There is a beach area with snack shops where you can buy Sherman’s Ice Cream on sunny days!
South Haven boasts many locally owned restaurants and specialty dessert shops down near the South Beach. If you prefer fast food restaurants, you can have your pick of your favorite chains less than two miles from South Beach. There is also a Walmart and other pharmacies up near the hotels off the interstate.
Tip: Reserve your hotel room before you arrive. South Haven is a bustling beach town and popular with tourists!
Since we love staying in the Hilton family of hotels, we stayed in the Hampton Inn. One of the best ways to save money on lodging is to find a chain of hotels you like, and stick with them. That way you can earn points, perks and free nights!
Things to Know
- There are two main beaches; South Beach is where the restaurants, quaint little shops, marina, beach and lighthouse are.
- During the tourist season, this is a bustling town full of visitors but according to some of the locals we spoke with, things are much quieter during winter months.
- Just because the weather may get colder in the winter months, the small town of South Haven is still a beautiful place to visit!
Find South Haven, Michigan
The charming beach town of South Haven offers lakeside fun for the entire family, electrifying nightlife and entertainment, and enough culture to keep you coming back time and time again. The surrounding area offers beautiful nature trails, gorgeous golf courses and stunning inland lakes. Experience a West Michigan adventure you won’t soon forget. No matter the season, there’s always a reason to stop by and stay awhile.
Looking for more to see near South Haven, MI? Don’t miss Indiana Dunes State Park!