Summer is fast approaching, and now is the time to start planning your family getaway in South Haven. Grandparents, parents, and children alike can enjoy the scenery and attractions that families have enjoyed for over a century. Our downtown area is located next to our bustling harbor and close to Lake Michigan; in fact, our “walkability” is a unique feature of our area. In South Haven you can walk or bike our outdoor trails, taste a variety of local wine and craft beer, visit an engaging museum, purchase fresh produce, enjoy a boat ride on the water and relax on our beautiful sugar sand beaches.
Our newest attractions are sure to excite children of all ages. The Friends Good Will Splash Pad is a new addition to our South Beach area, providing a wonderful alternative play area for anyone who loves splashing around in the water. Arvesta Sports Complex was also a new addition in 2020 and has many options for outdoor play and water adventure. Arvesta’s inland lake houses two wibit obstacle courses (one for toddlers) and a cable park for water skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding, catering to all skill levels. Plus, you can relax on their beach, rent kayaks and paddleboards, play pickleball and more.
Experience more fun adventures on our trails and at our nature preserves, where you can ride bikes, climb dunes, and discover the hidden beauty of the forest paths. Spend quality time picking blueberries at one of our u-pick farms and savor the fresh taste of ripe summer fruit! Learn something new at one of our local museums and set sail aboard the Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship Friends Good Will. Enjoy a movie at our downtown theater, discover retro games at Rocket Arcade and have fun competing at the local bowling alley and miniature golf course. Top off your day with an ice cream treat at Sherman Dairy and everyone will be smiling.
At the end of the day, you can find many lodging options to suit your needs. From cozy beds and breakfasts to unique inns, beautiful resorts, family-friendly cottages, vacation rentals and condos, and national brand hotels, there are many incredibly unique places to stay that will make your trip even more memorable. Start your own traditions and make South Haven your vacation destination for years to come!