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Guidebook for South Haven

Catherine
Catherine
Liittyi 2017
Catherine

Guidebook for South Haven

Sightseeing
The Maritime Museum is worth a trip, as is an outing on the Friends Goodwill. The kids will enjoy the pirate cruise. They offer several other choices for water cruises. Learn about lighthouses, lake rescues and more.
Maritime Docks
268 Black River St
The Maritime Museum is worth a trip, as is an outing on the Friends Goodwill. The kids will enjoy the pirate cruise. They offer several other choices for water cruises. Learn about lighthouses, lake rescues and more.
A stroll along South Beach provides gorgeous views of the cliffs, beach, lighthouse and lake. It's a great place to take in the sunset any season of the year. Walking through the charming neighborhood of the South Beach area is a step back in time when neighbors talked on their front steps and sipped lemonade on their porch swings. You'll enjoy the variety of architecture and quaintness of this part of town.
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South Beach
1555 Water Street
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A stroll along South Beach provides gorgeous views of the cliffs, beach, lighthouse and lake. It's a great place to take in the sunset any season of the year. Walking through the charming neighborhood of the South Beach area is a step back in time when neighbors talked on their front steps and sipped lemonade on their porch swings. You'll enjoy the variety of architecture and quaintness of this part of town.
The historic walkway in this part of town has fabulous photos/informational plaques of South Haven when it was an agricultural/shipping town and a booming resort town. All but a few of the massive resorts are gone now, but you'll enjoy seeing South Haven in its heyday. Beaches were full when South Haven was only a day trip away by boat from Chicago.
South Haven Harbor Walk
234 Black River St
The historic walkway in this part of town has fabulous photos/informational plaques of South Haven when it was an agricultural/shipping town and a booming resort town. All but a few of the massive resorts are gone now, but you'll enjoy seeing South Haven in its heyday. Beaches were full when South Haven was only a day trip away by boat from Chicago.
A walk out to the light is a fun way to experience the lake, the wind and the waves in a closer, more personal way. The views are especially impressive on windy days, but care must be taken with young children.
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South Haven Lighthouse
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A walk out to the light is a fun way to experience the lake, the wind and the waves in a closer, more personal way. The views are especially impressive on windy days, but care must be taken with young children.
Shopping
If you enjoy a trip down memory lane and the thrill of a discovery, don't miss Murphy's Antique Mall. There are two floors of art, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage jewelry, toys, games, kitchen utensils and furniture. You name it, you can probably find it at Murphy's. You may just find what you've always been looking for!
Murphy’s Antique Mall
321 Center St
If you enjoy a trip down memory lane and the thrill of a discovery, don't miss Murphy's Antique Mall. There are two floors of art, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage jewelry, toys, games, kitchen utensils and furniture. You name it, you can probably find it at Murphy's. You may just find what you've always been looking for!
Fun place to visit for a wide range of antiques, furniture, handcrafted items by local artists, jewelry, and a little bit of this and that.
Eagle Street Market
422 Eagle St
Fun place to visit for a wide range of antiques, furniture, handcrafted items by local artists, jewelry, and a little bit of this and that.
In season, South Haven has a great Farmer's Market held twice a week. There is often music to accompany your shopping .Handmade crafts are available, flowers, produce, and my personal favorite, kettle corn. I am picky about my popcorn, and it is the best kettle corn around. Try it once, and you'll be hooked!
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South Haven Farmers Market
539 Phoenix Street
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In season, South Haven has a great Farmer's Market held twice a week. There is often music to accompany your shopping .Handmade crafts are available, flowers, produce, and my personal favorite, kettle corn. I am picky about my popcorn, and it is the best kettle corn around. Try it once, and you'll be hooked!
In season, this is our favorite place to stop for fresh produce. They have a wide assortment of local fruits and vegetables (local delicious peaches!!) and freshly baked treats as well. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Barden's Farm Market
1101 Phoenix St
In season, this is our favorite place to stop for fresh produce. They have a wide assortment of local fruits and vegetables (local delicious peaches!!) and freshly baked treats as well. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Entertainment & Activities
Offers 2 hour charters and sunset cruises
This local downtown theater is a gem, almost a relic now that most have been replaced by mall theaters. Prices are reasonable, they have a variety of shows, and almost feature a movie that is family friendly. Grab some popcorn and enjoy a few hours of relaxation and entertainment. You'll feel good about supporting a South Haven icon.
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Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street
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This local downtown theater is a gem, almost a relic now that most have been replaced by mall theaters. Prices are reasonable, they have a variety of shows, and almost feature a movie that is family friendly. Grab some popcorn and enjoy a few hours of relaxation and entertainment. You'll feel good about supporting a South Haven icon.
Looking for a great video to snuggle up to after a long day at the beach or on a rainy afternoon? Whatever your taste in movies, Family Video is sure to have it. What I especially like about this store is that it has a wide array of family movies...great viewing for kids and parents both. Their prices are reasonable and they'll be happy to open an account for you even if you're there just a week. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Support this local business and be entertained at the same time.
Family Video
359 Broadway Street
Looking for a great video to snuggle up to after a long day at the beach or on a rainy afternoon? Whatever your taste in movies, Family Video is sure to have it. What I especially like about this store is that it has a wide array of family movies...great viewing for kids and parents both. Their prices are reasonable and they'll be happy to open an account for you even if you're there just a week. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Support this local business and be entertained at the same time.
Great hands on museum for children ages 1-10. Close to the beach and a wonderful vintage carousel. This museum is about 30-35 minutes from the Beach House.
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Curious Kids' Museum
415 Lake Boulevard
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Great hands on museum for children ages 1-10. Close to the beach and a wonderful vintage carousel. This museum is about 30-35 minutes from the Beach House.
If you're visiting the Children's Museum, Discovery Zone, carousel, beach or downtown St. Josephs, this spot is handy for a surrey bike rental. It is a family friendly and fun activity for families of all sizes. The surrey bikes can accommodate 5, 8, or 11 riders. One of our families checked it out and said it was a "BLAST"
Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals
508 Broad St
If you're visiting the Children's Museum, Discovery Zone, carousel, beach or downtown St. Josephs, this spot is handy for a surrey bike rental. It is a family friendly and fun activity for families of all sizes. The surrey bikes can accommodate 5, 8, or 11 riders. One of our families checked it out and said it was a "BLAST"
Looking for miniature golf and perhaps ice cream afterwards? This miniature golf course has 36 holes with option of playing 18 or all 36
Sundae Sundae Golf Golf
631 E Lakewood Blvd
Looking for miniature golf and perhaps ice cream afterwards? This miniature golf course has 36 holes with option of playing 18 or all 36
The Lost City has a large indoor laser tag area, arcades, and a 9 hole indoor mini-golf course. This might be a destination sight on a rainy day.....while in Holland check out Centennial Park and perhaps do a historic walking tour of the city. There are some fun shops downtown to explore as well.
The Lost City
12330 James St
The Lost City has a large indoor laser tag area, arcades, and a 9 hole indoor mini-golf course. This might be a destination sight on a rainy day.....while in Holland check out Centennial Park and perhaps do a historic walking tour of the city. There are some fun shops downtown to explore as well.
KJC ATV Rentals & Trails of South Haven
24835 68th St
Sailing South Haven
South Haven Scooter Rental
311 Broadway St
Essentials
Grocery store and more, all your essentials can be found here.
Walmart Supercenter
201 73rd St
Grocery store and more, all your essentials can be found here.
A bit more upscale than Walmart perhaps? Meijer has food, essentials, an extensive bedding section as well as clothing and other essentials. It is convenient to Baseline Road. Only a 7 or 8 minute excursion and there and no need to go though the downtown area of South Haven. From the condo turn left on Baseline, go to the end of the road and take a right. Meijer is on the left.
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Meijer
1223 Phoenix Street
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A bit more upscale than Walmart perhaps? Meijer has food, essentials, an extensive bedding section as well as clothing and other essentials. It is convenient to Baseline Road. Only a 7 or 8 minute excursion and there and no need to go though the downtown area of South Haven. From the condo turn left on Baseline, go to the end of the road and take a right. Meijer is on the left.
Children's Activities
Discovery Zone is owned by The Curious Kids Museum, as a "Part 2." It is best suited for children ages 3-14. This museum features many water exhibits as well as a climbing wall. Admission is sold for individual museums or you can buy a ticket that allows admission to both museums. The Discovery Zone is only steps from the Curious Kids Museum and will provide hours on interactive play and learning. Both of these spots come highly recommended. A vintage carousel is located at the Discovery Zone. Family surrey bikes can be rented close to this venue. The beach and a splash pad are nearby. You may want to make a day of it.
Curious Kids Museum Discovery Zone
333 Broad St
Discovery Zone is owned by The Curious Kids Museum, as a "Part 2." It is best suited for children ages 3-14. This museum features many water exhibits as well as a climbing wall. Admission is sold for individual museums or you can buy a ticket that allows admission to both museums. The Discovery Zone is only steps from the Curious Kids Museum and will provide hours on interactive play and learning. Both of these spots come highly recommended. A vintage carousel is located at the Discovery Zone. Family surrey bikes can be rented close to this venue. The beach and a splash pad are nearby. You may want to make a day of it.
This hands on/interactive children's museum has high reviews. One of our guests commented that it was one of the better children's museums they had visited, and provided several hours of entertainment for their children. This museum is designed for children ages 1-10, and is under the same management as the Discovery Zone just steps away. It is about a 35 minute drive from South Haven. Perfect for rainy fun or tired of the sun fun.
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Curious Kids' Museum
415 Lake Boulevard
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This hands on/interactive children's museum has high reviews. One of our guests commented that it was one of the better children's museums they had visited, and provided several hours of entertainment for their children. This museum is designed for children ages 1-10, and is under the same management as the Discovery Zone just steps away. It is about a 35 minute drive from South Haven. Perfect for rainy fun or tired of the sun fun.
The Dutch Village has an amusement park designed for young children ages 2-6 or so, no roller coasters, just gentle kiddie rides.
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Nelis' Dutch Village
12350 James Street
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The Dutch Village has an amusement park designed for young children ages 2-6 or so, no roller coasters, just gentle kiddie rides.
Rentals of bikes, umbrellas, cribs, umbrellas, pack and plays, etc.
This is an easy place to rent bikes, paddle boards, etc. It is at 114 Dykman Ave. right before you go over the Dykman Bridge on North Shore Drive side. Bikes can also be rented at Rock n Cycle at 351 Broadway Street. You can google more on hours, etc. I would suggest calling in advance to reserve bikes when in season. Crib rentals, stroller rentals, high chairs, beach toys, booster seats, pack and plays are rented by a woman, Wonder Compton. You can google the site but with no photo I can't list as separate entry. Phone is 720-934-4688. wcompton@babyquip. com. If you google umbrella rentals in South Haven, you should be able to pull up this site for any of your rental needs for beach or stay with young ones. Another great rental is Beachside Rental Services. They have just about any baby item a parent might need. The contact for Beachside Rental Services is chris@beachsiderentalservices.com The phone number is 616-594-0425. No photo so I can't list them separately either.
Outpost Sports
114 Dyckman Ave
This is an easy place to rent bikes, paddle boards, etc. It is at 114 Dykman Ave. right before you go over the Dykman Bridge on North Shore Drive side. Bikes can also be rented at Rock n Cycle at 351 Broadway Street. You can google more on hours, etc. I would suggest calling in advance to reserve bikes when in season. Crib rentals, stroller rentals, high chairs, beach toys, booster seats, pack and plays are rented by a woman, Wonder Compton. You can google the site but with no photo I can't list as separate entry. Phone is 720-934-4688. wcompton@babyquip. com. If you google umbrella rentals in South Haven, you should be able to pull up this site for any of your rental needs for beach or stay with young ones. Another great rental is Beachside Rental Services. They have just about any baby item a parent might need. The contact for Beachside Rental Services is chris@beachsiderentalservices.com The phone number is 616-594-0425. No photo so I can't list them separately either.