South Haven is a westside city that is easy to fall in love with. The drive down Phoenix Street takes you from the highway, through the residential area, and drops you right in the middle of the downtown area. The heart of the city includes excellent restaurants and unique shopping, all steps away from Lake Michigan. Just a short stroll brings you to the water, where the beaches are pristine and the views are gorgeous. With an endless amount of activities, South Haven is a great destination for families, couples, and group trips.
We frequently find ourselves in South Haven spending weekends at the race track with my husband. It was a happy accident to find this track came with the added bonus of being a short, ten-minute drive to some of our favorite restaurants in the state and the ability to spend time at the lake during downtimes. We’ve visited as a family, just the two of us, and with friends, and each time has offered a fun and unique experience.
3 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
3 FAVORITE FREE ATTRACTIONS
South Beach | 60 Water St
Ample parking right at the beach, also has a playground and restrooms.
GingerMan Raceway | 61414 Phoenix St, 269-253-4445
Check the event calendar to see what races are happening during your stay. Be sure to drive around the paddock and watch the race from the hill on turn 5/6.
Chancy Lewis Park | 520 S Main St
A cool wooden playground for kids of all ages.
3 FAVORITE PAID ATTRACTIONS
Lake Arvesta Farms | 64 Arvesta Ln, 269-637-6464
This is the place to go if you love water sports. Their aqua park is a playground on water and they will soon have a cable park for water skiing and wakeboarding.
FAVORITE PLACES TO STAY
Hundreds of options to choose from across all of South Haven.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR SWEET TREATS
FAVORITE PLACE FOR SOUVENIRS
FAVORITE PHOTO OP
South Haven’s Historic Lighthouse | Water St
Beautiful photos any time of day, but be sure to head to the lighthouse to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan.
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
BONUS TIPS TO SOUTH HAVEN
- Approximate travel time: 3 hours.
- South Haven is also home to several excellent wineries and breweries.
- The main part/downtown of South Haven is walkable from the shops and restaurants all the way down to Lake Michigan and the lighthouse.
- There are many farms on the outskirts of South Haven which offer U-Pick produce throughout the year.
- Don’t miss the other museums and art galleries in South Haven including a children’s museum.