1755 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: (269) 639-2014
Fax: (269) 639-8961
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.
The 100 acres (404 hectares) of land, that this wonderful facility covers, is home to some of the most distinctive flora and fauna that Southwestern Michigan has to offer. The trails organized by the Sarett Nature Center takes visitors through the natural habitat of animals and also educates them about the significance of marches, wetlands, and other environmental factors. Their observation decks let you see rabbits, turtles, owls, snakes, and other creatures without disturbing them a bit. In addition, the Butterfly House which is a seasonal attraction comes highly recommended for kids. An informative and very interesting peek into nature's best kept secrets, Sarett Nature Center is worth a visit for every family.
Covering about 211 acres (85.38 hectares), Christie Lake is located in Lawrence Township of Michigan. As such, the lake is a private property owned by the peripheral community who maintains it. Although the boating isn't encouraged, to improve its water quality, Lake Christie does offer recreational activities such as fishing. The lake's shoreline is often the site of several community events such as the Fourth of July Parade.
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 place where this spectacular golf course stands today, used to be a farm which was reinvented in 1950 by the then owners, the Graber family. Today, Blossom Trails Golf Club is an 18-hole course spanning across a breathtaking landscape of emerald, rolling hills and blossoming trees. The course is a venue for many local tournaments, and is also available for private events. Their on-site restaurant serves delectable food and refreshments, making it a perfect spot for satiating your well worked appetite. A perfect place to enjoy a day in the outdoors while polishing your tee skills, Blossom Trails Golf Club makes golf an affordable experience.
Named for a former Benton Harbor resident, J. N. Klock, the Jean Klock Park is a part of the Lake Michigan shore, in Northwest Benton Harbor. The beautiful, historic park began as a private property, and then transferred to the city, in 1917, and has ever since been used as a popular lakefront outdoor location for family and group fun activities. The place incorporates facilities for volleyball, picnic spots, swimming, playgrounds and lots more. Apart from that, Jean Klock Park also features restrooms, showers, observation decks, broadwalks and such. As such, the park makes for a fun day out for the entire family.
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.
The beautiful snow-capped mountains are a must visit destination in winters. Opened in 1961, Timber Ridge Ski Resort now features on the National Register of Historic Places. The ski resort incorporates ski trails for all skill levels that are great for family leisure. They offer ski rentals and professional trainers, apart from that, Timber Ridge also features a lodge, the Snowshoe Bar, The Cedar Chalet, terrain parks and lots more. They also have ski-programs for adults as well as kids of all ages; and thanks to the size of the hill and state-of-the-art equipment they use, this place is perfect for novice skiers. Other activities offered include tubing and cultural events such as the Winterfest.
Located off Broad Street, towards the north end of St. Joseph, MI, Silver Beach County Park makes for a great beachfront location for fun outdoor activities with the entire family. The beach, a part of Lake Michigan shoreline, offers a wide range of of family and team-oriented activities such as beach volleyball, picnicking, playgrounds and much more. Apart from that, they also have facilities for swimming and fishing. Open between May and September, from 5a onward daily, the Silver Beach County Park features restrooms, showers and even a rental facility that can be booked for private events.