Welcome to South Haven!

Samantha
Samantha
Welcome to South Haven!

Sightseeing

This is our favorite beach just a 15 minute walk from our place. It's the largest beach with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. There's a concession stands (with lots of food and non alcoholic drink options) and public restrooms. Half way down the beach his a playground and swings. There's also a nice view of the pier.
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North Beach
Lakeshore Drive
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This is our favorite beach just a 15 minute walk from our place. It's the largest beach with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. There's a concession stands (with lots of food and non alcoholic drink options) and public restrooms. Half way down the beach his a playground and swings. There's also a nice view of the pier.
This place is awesome! It's a 5 minute drive from our place. It's a large wooden play land with lots of options for kids to explore. There's also swings and it's next to a large field perfect to let them run around at.
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Kids' Corner
82 Monroe Street
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This place is awesome! It's a 5 minute drive from our place. It's a large wooden play land with lots of options for kids to explore. There's also swings and it's next to a large field perfect to let them run around at.
A small public access beach at the end of Dyckman. While it's the closest beach, we often find it too small to enjoy during the day. There's also no bathrooms or concessions. However, it's perfect to go and see the sunset over the lake at night. You can bring a dessert picnic too!
Dyckman Avenue
Dyckman Dyckman Avenue
A small public access beach at the end of Dyckman. While it's the closest beach, we often find it too small to enjoy during the day. There's also no bathrooms or concessions. However, it's perfect to go and see the sunset over the lake at night. You can bring a dessert picnic too!
A great small farm in South Haven that has U-Pick fruit and in the fall pumpkin picking. They also have a small petting zoo and farm market.
Bumbleberry Acres
6785 Baseline Rd
A great small farm in South Haven that has U-Pick fruit and in the fall pumpkin picking. They also have a small petting zoo and farm market.

Food scene

Less than a 2 minute walk from our place is the famous Captain Lou's. They have a large deck on the river that is a perfect spot to watch the boats comes in and out. It gets crowded so get there early. It's not the best spot for small kiddos as all the tables on the deck are high tops and the tables are pretty close together.
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Captain Lou's
278 Dyckman Ave
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Less than a 2 minute walk from our place is the famous Captain Lou's. They have a large deck on the river that is a perfect spot to watch the boats comes in and out. It gets crowded so get there early. It's not the best spot for small kiddos as all the tables on the deck are high tops and the tables are pretty close together.
A restaurant and bar on a boat! The docked boat is just what you need to soak up summer. The restaurant is great for families, they have a kids menu and crayons and what kid doesn't love being on a boat! Call ahead or get there early as during the summer there can be a long wait.
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Idler Riverboat & Dockside
515 Williams St
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A restaurant and bar on a boat! The docked boat is just what you need to soak up summer. The restaurant is great for families, they have a kids menu and crayons and what kid doesn't love being on a boat! Call ahead or get there early as during the summer there can be a long wait.
Just a 10-15 minute walk away you can try a Michigan favorite. Ice cream at Kilwin's is perfect for a hot summer afternoon. If it's cold outside you can cozy up to some fudge.
Kilwin's Chocolates
415 Phoenix St
Just a 10-15 minute walk away you can try a Michigan favorite. Ice cream at Kilwin's is perfect for a hot summer afternoon. If it's cold outside you can cozy up to some fudge.
Excellent coffee and pastry shop on North Ave that is open seasonally. Download the app and order ahead because it gets busy. If you are headed to the North Beach this is a great pit stop for an iced coffee!
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Bunde's Bakery Cafe
89 N Shore Dr
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Excellent coffee and pastry shop on North Ave that is open seasonally. Download the app and order ahead because it gets busy. If you are headed to the North Beach this is a great pit stop for an iced coffee!
This is a great spot for breakfast or brunch! They have bloody marys and mimosas in addition to a great menu of yummy food. Call ahead or plan to go early as it gets busy year round on the weekends. They have kids menus, coloring pages and crayons and high chairs for families.
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Phoenix Street Cafe
523 Phoenix Street
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This is a great spot for breakfast or brunch! They have bloody marys and mimosas in addition to a great menu of yummy food. Call ahead or plan to go early as it gets busy year round on the weekends. They have kids menus, coloring pages and crayons and high chairs for families.
If you want to watch sports this is the place! This is a great sports bar / restaurant. They have TVs and often turn the game sound on for major football games. There's lots of great, local beer on tap, great food and it's welcoming to all even kiddos. In the evenings they have various events like Trivia, Live Music, etc.
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Black River Tavern
403 Phoenix Street
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If you want to watch sports this is the place! This is a great sports bar / restaurant. They have TVs and often turn the game sound on for major football games. There's lots of great, local beer on tap, great food and it's welcoming to all even kiddos. In the evenings they have various events like Trivia, Live Music, etc.
This place is just over the bridge from our place and has the best sandwiches around. They also sell beer, wine, and ice. This is a great spot to pick up sandwiches for your group. Call ahead and place your order for a speedy pickup.
The Depot
555 Dyckman Avenue
This place is just over the bridge from our place and has the best sandwiches around. They also sell beer, wine, and ice. This is a great spot to pick up sandwiches for your group. Call ahead and place your order for a speedy pickup.
While this isn't walking distance it's a must visit. The beloved ice cream is a local tradition!
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Sherman Dairy Bar
1601 Phoenix Road
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While this isn't walking distance it's a must visit. The beloved ice cream is a local tradition!

Neighborhoods

Just a 10 minute walk away is downtown South Haven. Phoenix Street and Center Street is the center of downtown. There's lots of restaurants and shops to pop in and out of. There's nice sidewalks and it's very stroller friendly.
Phoenix Street
Just a 10 minute walk away is downtown South Haven. Phoenix Street and Center Street is the center of downtown. There's lots of restaurants and shops to pop in and out of. There's nice sidewalks and it's very stroller friendly.

Local Breweries

South Haven Brewery is just a 10 minute walk away. They have a great list of their own brews to try, a large outdoor patio with picnic tables. It's family friendly especially thanks to the stroller friendly patio and high chairs.
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South Haven Brewpub
515 Williams St
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South Haven Brewery is just a 10 minute walk away. They have a great list of their own brews to try, a large outdoor patio with picnic tables. It's family friendly especially thanks to the stroller friendly patio and high chairs.
A large brewery on Phoenix Street with a great list of their own beer and flights. They don't serve food, but they have free yummy popcorn and you can get food delivered here if you like. They often have live music too in the evenings. It's big, so great for kids as you can usually space out. They are super friendly and the popcorn is a hit with kids while mom and dad enjoy a brew!
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Harbor Light Brewery
516 Phoenix Street
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A large brewery on Phoenix Street with a great list of their own beer and flights. They don't serve food, but they have free yummy popcorn and you can get food delivered here if you like. They often have live music too in the evenings. It's big, so great for kids as you can usually space out. They are super friendly and the popcorn is a hit with kids while mom and dad enjoy a brew!
This one isn't walking distance, but a 5-10 minute drive and you can stop in at 3 Blondes to enjoy a beer or lunch. They have yummy food, better than your typical bar menu.
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Three Blondes Brewing
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This one isn't walking distance, but a 5-10 minute drive and you can stop in at 3 Blondes to enjoy a beer or lunch. They have yummy food, better than your typical bar menu.
The brewery is located about 25 minutes north of South Haven in Holland Michigan, however a short walk away is their tasting room. Try their spirits and their beers here!
New Holland Spirits - South Haven Tasting Room
253 Center Street
The brewery is located about 25 minutes north of South Haven in Holland Michigan, however a short walk away is their tasting room. Try their spirits and their beers here!

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Bring your wagon!

This town is perfect for a wagon for the kiddos and your beach gear. Whether you are heading downtown or to the beach it's easy to get around with a wagon or a stroller.
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Sunset over Lake Michigan

Head down to the beach after dinner. The closest beach (Dyckman Street Beach) will do the trick to see an amazing sunset to finish the day!
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Bring a sweater for at night even in the summer

While it's hot during the day, often at night you will want a sweater or light jacket with the breeze off the lake.
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A walk along the river to the lake

We love to walk this 1.5 mile loop which is stroller friendly! From our place head down Black River, cross over Dyckman and walk along all the boats and the river. Bring bread or goldfish and feed the ducks along your walk. You will see all the boats coming in and out. As you get further along the river towards the famous pier be on the look out for the pedestrian walk path that cuts through once the road ends. Once you hit North Beach there's 3 steps to get up to the side walk. Walk along the beach, head up Avery at the end of the Beach to North Shore, then right on Dyckman to get home!