Things to Do in South Haven, Mi
The Best Attractions and Things to Do in South Haven, MI
South Haven has a special ambiance and a variety of things to do that will bring you back for a Lake Michigan vacation time and time again. A walk down the quaint streets takes you past the many locally owned shops that feature antiques, books, gifts, works of art, clothing, and more. For a small town, South Haven has a great selection of restaurants, from casual eateries to upscale dining. The bakeries, coffeehouses, and ice cream shops will tempt you for a tasty dessert or afternoon snack. Check out our list of the best things to do in South Haven, MI during your getaway at our bed and breakfast.
South Haven is Officially a Pure Michigan Trail Town!
Check out the new 275-mile trail that connects Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. The Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 will be the state’s newest and longest destination. It runs from South Haven to Port Huron, linking 18 trails through nine southern counties.
It will start in South Haven and run west near Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, around Albion and then northeast past Jackson, south of Brighton, past Wixom and continuing northeast through Oakland and Macomb counties before ending at Port Huron.
There are 14 land and water trails radiating from South Haven, that will be attracting future outdoor enthusiasts for generations to come.
The Vineyard Side of South Haven
Lake Michigan has a great effect on growers in our area, tempering both the heat of summer and the cold winter temperatures. The vineyards and wineries nearby offer a variety of red wine, white wine, fruit wine and hard cider. You may want to visit Fenn Valley Winery or McIntosh Winery to the north, St. Julian and Warner Vineyards to our east, and to the south you’ll find Contessa, Karma Vista and the new Twelve Corners Winery.
The Natural Side of South Haven
Mother Nature has treated our area quite well. The sandy beaches along Lake Michigan’s shoreline are perfect for sunset strolls. Take a hike at Van Buren State Park or the Ross Preserve, explore the trails at Sarett Nature Center, or plan a bike ride on the Kal-Haven Trail.
The Artistic Side of South Haven
The Blue Coast Artists has seven member studios located between South Haven and Saugatuck, featuring everything from handmade pottery to blown glass. In addition to a handful of galleries downtown, the South Haven Center for the Arts features the works of local artists year round, plus the annual Mistletoe Market.
The Dining Side of South Haven
For a small town, South Haven has excellent restaurant choices. Fine dining establishments include Tello Bistro, Hawkshead, Taste and Sophie’s Steakhouse. Casual spots include the historic Clementine’s, Phoenix Street Cafe, Su Casa, Joe’s Bar & Grill, Maria’s and the Black River Tavern. Several spots downtown offer outdoor dining, sandwiches and hometown Sherman’s Ice Cream. Restaurant menus are available in the bed and breakfast and in our office, plus we always have suggestions!
The Entertaining Side of South Haven
The up-and-coming Foundry Hall has brought performances by various groups with acoustic, rock, country, and blues filling the hall. The local theatre group, Our Town Players, performs at Listiak Auditorium several times throughout the year. The South Haven Performance Series brings classical and cultured music performances to the area. During the summer, enjoy a free outdoor concert at Riverfront Park every Thursday evening!
The Festive Side of South Haven
There’s no doubt that summer is the most popular time to visit South Haven. Visitors can attend Harbor Fest, Blueberry Festival, Fine Arts Fair, All Craft Fair, the Festival of Cars and more. Thursday nights bring free outdoor concerts at Riverfront Park, and don’t miss the farmers’ market on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall. The best-kept secret in South Haven is Ice Breaker Festival, held the first weekend in February with ice carving competitions and a free chili cook-off. In November, gather your gal pals for entertainment, bonding, shopping, and kicking up (or kicking off) your heels at the Women Only Weekend.
The Healthy Side of South Haven
Shorelines Wellness Center offers everything you could expect from a top-notch fitness center, with day passes available for full facility access. There is also a local branch of Anytime Fitness. Guests are also invited to schedule an in-room massage while staying at Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast. Please contact us for appointment availability and pricing information.
The Sailing Side of South Haven
Arguably the best way to enjoy Lake Michigan is aboard South Haven’s tall ship, a sailboat, or even a kayak. The Michigan Maritime Museum has a replica tall ship, the Friends Goodwill, offering afternoon cruises and sunset sails throughout the season. We also suggest Gypsy Rose (sailboat) or the folks at Cat’s Meow (catamaran) for a more private experience. If you prefer your own paddle power, Kayak-Kayak can put you on the big lake or the Black River here in town, or try Old Allegan Canoe for a trip down the Kalamazoo River.
The Fishing Side of South Haven
Lake perch, Chinook, Coho, steelhead, and more can be found in the waters near South Haven. If you’re ready to drop in a line, contact the folks at South Haven Fishing Charters or Finn Fighter Fishing Charter.
The Snowy Side of South Haven
The adventures don’t stop just because there is snow on the ground! Try ice skating at South Haven’s outdoor ice rink, downhill skiing at Timber Ridge, cross-country skiing or even snowshoeing at Sarett Nature Center.
Most Importantly…The Helpful Side of South Haven
If all of this seems overwhelming, don’t worry – that’s why we are here! When you arrive at Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast, we’ll let you know what events are happening during your stay. We love helping with suggestions, maps, directions, and plenty of insider information. Feel free to call or email us before you arrive, or stop by while you’re staying with us.