South Haven, Michigan is best known for luscious blueberries, boundless beaches, chic boutiques, wineries, majestic dunes, scenic parks, historical lighthouses, U-pick farms, cozy hotels and charming country inns. So when bringing the family to this Midwestern Lake Michigan gem for your next summer vacation, don’t miss out on the following four fabulous, fun-filled South Haven must sees:
Michigan Maritime Museum
Tour five separate buildings filled with captivating boat exhibits, presentations and displays. The Michigan Maritime Museum presents an historical look at the Great Lakes, boat building and enchanting Michigan lore. Guests can even embark upon a fascinating journey aboard the “Friends Good Will” schooner for an educational 1800s hands-on lake tour. A 90 minute sail is priced at $30 per person and up. And in the summer months the museum offers a Pirate Chaser Adventure Sail geared towards kids who want to learn about pirates, ships, treasures and more. For pictures, prices, schedules and more, log onto www.michiganmaritimemuseum.com.
Grab your bikes, roller blades or sneakers and hop on the Kal-Haven Trail, which is a picturesque 33 Â½ mile passageway that stretches all the way from Kalamazoo to South Haven, Michigan. A smooth limestone path provides the perfect locale for hiking, biking and picnicking amidst lush forest preserves, a quaint covered bridge and wonderful wildlife. Adventure seeking visitors can also snow mobile in the winter months when the snow is ample. For photos, facts, a brochure and more, log onto www.great-trails.com.
South Haven is loaded with miles and miles of flourishing U-pick farms and orchards, but McIntosh is especially unique because they also feature an on-site winery. The kids will enjoy hand picking fresh, succulent fruits on close to 80 acres of fertile land and sample cider, pastries and more, while the adults savor fruitful wines and hard ciders which make for great gifts for friends, family, co-workers and more. McIntosh Orchards also sells fresh vegetables, honey, syrups, jams and pickles. For more information and a schedule of seasonal events, be sure to visit www.mcintoshorchards.com.
Elsie J Tug Boat Rides
For yet another authentic Lake Michigan experience, climb aboard the Elsie J Tug Boat. The Elsie J was originally a commercial fishing boat but now offers glorious sunset cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for about $30 per person. Passengers may bring along refreshments and will have ample time to tour the entire tug. The Elsie J also advertises private charters as well as scuba diving trips all for under $100. For more information, log onto www.jensencharters.com.