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South Haven, MI 49090
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Spanning 400 acres (161.87 hectares) of spectacular natural landscapes, Van Buren State Park is haven for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking in the wooded trails to swimming and lazing around on the beach, the park has something for everyone. The picturesque sand dunes are one of the most prominent features of this park. Excellent camping facilities on site make it possible to experience nature at its best.
This 32 acre (12.94 hectares) facility is a conservation sanctuary for exotic animals. Most of the inmates here are adopted by the management from people who aren't equipped to take care of them. Regular, educational tours are arranged to benefit those interested in learning about these rare beauties. Overlooking the scenic Paw Paw Lake, the well maintained sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
The VFW Post 6803 is located on the Red Arrow Highway in Watervilet. Apart from housing interesting war ephemera, it is also home to one of the rarest pieces of World War II artillery. Installed in its yard is the rare 1918 cannon used in the World War II. Manufactured in the United States, when most of the arms and ammunition were of French make, these 1906-design beauties are extremely rare as only 200 of them were produced. The almost-a-century old cannon now sits proudly reminding people of its contribution in the war that changed the world forever.
The future home of the Society's Discovery Center, the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society's historic 1866 Old School House is "the oldest multi-classroom school building in Michigan and one of the finest examples of 19th century school architecture in America." In cooperation with the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library and the Saugatuck Public Schools, the Douglas Union School features a row of school lockers containing artifacts of school life from different points of time since 1866, the Discovery Room, a workshop and exhibition factory, designated area for researching family genealogy, collection of historically important objects, paper, memorabilia, artwork and photographs and much more.
When in Saugatuck, the Saugatuck Chain Ferry is a must-visit! The only hand-propelled ferry of its kind in the United States, it traces its roots way back to 1838. The ferry used presently, built in 1930, gets you across the Kalamazoo River with the help of a hand-driven crank. Providing breathtaking views of the harbor, it makes for a great visit.
Six miles north of Saugatuck, the Felt Estate was once the luxurious summer home and hobby of self-made millionaire and inventor Dorr E. Felt. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites, the Felt Estate is adjacent to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Tours and rentals of the 17,000 square foot mansion and gardens are available.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park is state park on Lake Michigan, characterized by wooded sand dunes. Recreation activities include hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty, picnic areas, beach access, bird watching and cross country skiing in winters. This is a day park so no camping facilities are available. A fun way to spend your day with friends or family.
The Second Street Bridge is a historic bridge across the Kalamazoo River in Allegan, Michigan. This one lane truss bridge is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a Michigan State Historic Site and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed and constructed by Zenas King, this Whipple truss style wrought iron bridge, replaced an unsafe wooden bridge in 1886. This bridge marked the transition of the use of cast wrought iron, instead of cast iron as it was more sturdy and durable.
Established in 1908, the House of David, a religious sect in Benton Harbor, made and used miniature trains on which a journey of about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) was offered. Walt Disney is said to have ridden this train! Later the site was used for an amusement park named Eden Springs, keeping intact the rail road and other structures created by the religious community. Although most rides and attractions in the amusement park are shut, the place still offers railroad rides on summer weekends. The management aims to collect many historic trains which the visitors can experience first hand. The Eden Springs Park also doubles up as an RV Park and a campground throughout the year. Please visit the website for more information.
One of the most unusual lighthouses in Michigan, this three story, twin gabled building is topped with a gray shingled roof and square tower reflecting the Dutch influence in the area.
Located on the M-139, Skellville is a spook house cum garden decoration retailer cum museum. The museum is actually just a random collection of old and new oddities, of which the Robot Elvis takes the cake. The robotic 'King of Rock and Roll' dances, sings and even does the iconic lip-curl. The place is strewn with numerous skeletons posing to depict various bizarre scenes. Step into this mad, mad world and buddy up with the living dead of Skellville! With only a meager admission price, this weird attraction makes for a thoroughly entertaining visit.