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A pier with a red and black lighthouse at the end of the pier.


Attractions & Things to Do in South Haven, MI

You just can’t beat the location of Waters View Inn! With the lake in front and the marina in back, you will have quick and easy access to water – and on top of that, we’re just steps to the bridge and all downtown has to offer!

A juicy cheeseburger with lettuce, red onions and pickles, next to a handful of french fries.
A juicy cheeseburger with lettuce, red onions and pickles, next to a handful of french fries.

Local Dining

Bunde’s Bakery One of our favorites for coffee and breakfast – and just across the street from Waters View Inn. Check out Bunde’s before your morning beach stroll – Steps from our sister property Inn at the Park and steps from North Beach.

Café Julia Fantastic deli-style eats for breakfast and lunch. Stop over before hitting up the Farmers’ Market across the street.

The Depot Mostly a liquor store, but their deli is a hidden gem! Some of our favorite fresh-made sandwiches – great to grab and head over to the beach or a park to picnic. Walk across the bridge from the Inn and you’re at The Depot!



Maria’s Taste of Italy Is it fair to say probably the best pizza in town? And a full Italian menu too. Plan ahead and get here early!

Taste Small plates and martinis… what more can you ask for? Fantastic food in the heart of downtown. With a wide-ranging menu, there’s something for everyone – and a really fun bar to sit at too!

Black River Tavern Your local bar that frequently has live comedy shows and music. Come here for a range of food and drink. And stop down below in The River Bottom for fun cocktails and a taste of the Mediterranean.

Three Blondes Brewing Headed out to Sherman’s Ice Cream or looking for a great local brewery? Just on the edge of town, Three Blondes offers craft local beer, a wide menu and a fantastic patio.

a pile of fresh blueberries
a pile of fresh blueberries

Festivals and Fun

Be sure to check out the South Haven Visitors Bureau for all the up-to-date details on local events.  Here are just a few to check out:

  • Ice Breaker Festival (February)
  • Chocolate, Wine & Jazz Fest (March)
  • Annual Member Artist Exhibit (over 70 years) (May)
  • Blessing of the Fleet and Season Kick-Off Fish Fry (May)
  • Tulip Time (May)
  • Harbor Fest (June)


  • Mermaid Festival
  • Annual Sherman’s Ice Cream Social
  • Festival of Cars
  • Antique & Classic Boat Show


  • Light Up the Lake! Fireworks
  • 4th of July Parade
  • Garden Walk
  • Annual South Haven Art Fair (a happening for over 60 years)
  • Annual Lake Shore Harvest Road Rally
  • Waterfront International Art Fair in Saugatuck
  • Village Square Art Fair in Saugatuck


  • Blueberry Festival and Craft Fair (almost 60 years)– second weekend in August
  • Festival 5K Run & Walk


  • Annual All Crafts Fair
  • South Haven Jazz Festival
  • Annual Crane’s CiderFest
  • Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride


  • Annual Blues Coast Artists Tour
  • The Vine Wine’d – 5K or 1 mile tour through vineyards, meadow and forest
  • Fennville’s Annual Goose Festival
  • Douglas Halloween Adults Parade


  • Mistletoe Market
  • Holiday in the Park


  • New Year’s Eve in the Haven
Some purple grapes and grape leaves growing on vines.
Some purple grapes and grape leaves growing on vines.

More Things to Check Out

  • Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday 9 AM-2 PM. (Spring-Fall).
  • Blue Water Boat Rentals offers tourists and locals in South Haven and St Joseph, Michigan the opportunity to rent a boat by the hour, day, or week. Ask us how to save $25 on your boat rental.
  • Foundry Hall – a century-old building in the heart of downtown, extensively renovated in 2000-2001 from a former piston factory into a music hall and theater.
  • Kal-Haven Trail – along the Black River and over a covered bridge. A wide range of activities are available to trail users: biking, hiking, birding and horseback riding. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
  • Wine Trail – 11 wineries offering tasting, tours, and other special events.
  • Van Buren Trail – Biking or hiking south through Van Buren County parallel with Lake Michigan.
  • Golf – 10 area courses. Championship course like Hawk’s Head, an Arthur Hill course, Beeches Golf Club playing from just over 5,000 yards up to just over 7,100 yards or Ravines, a Palmer course, can challenge any golfing fanatic.
  • Gingerman Raceway – Local and long distance racing hobbyists come to live their passions. Events have included guests such as Paul Newman and a recent movie filming location for “Blue Sky The Movie”.
  • Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail – a canoe and kayak trail encompassing 21 miles of the South Branch of the Black River between Bangor and South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan, emptying out into Lake Michigan.
  • RiverWalk Park Concert every Thursday night in summer.
A pirate ship in a harbor with other boats
A pirate ship in a harbor with other boats

For the Kids

  • Lake Arvesta Farms Recreation Park – A 4-lake Aqua Park with Wibits, waterslides, cable wakeboarding, indoor/outdoor pickleball, disc golf, plus kayaking, and more! Fun for kids and fun for all ages. Includes a full service restaurant and bar.
  • Michigan Maritime Museum – Offers maritime exhibits, harbor walk map, and educational sessions. Newly renovated and offers extensive meeting and events space – across the street from Inn at the Park!
  • Friends Good Will Tall Ship – A replica of an 1810 topsail sloop, commissioned by and for the Michigan Maritime Museum. Offers summer sails three times daily, a pirate cruise, and charter sails.


  • The Mitten Childrens Museum – Michigan-themed, play-based activities for children of all ages and abilities, serving as a safe, engaging place for kids and their families to explore, learn and make lifelong memories together all year long.
  • South Haven Center for the Arts — Explore, discover and experience the arts.
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