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Summer at Silver Beach County Park
Related Member: Berrien County Youth Fair, Curious Kids' Museum, Doe-Wah-Jack's Canoe Rental, Eden Springs Park, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Hidden Pointe, Journeyman Distillery, Kilwins Ice Cream-Fudge-Chocolate Shoppe, Michigan Maritime Museum, Silver Beach Carousel, Slackers Family Fun Center & Laser Tag, Third Coast Surf Shop, Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals, Silver Beach County Park, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach Pizza

In this summer paradise, you can easily pack the next few weeks with the best-summer-ever memories. Take our annual challenge and see how many of these fun things you can check off before Labor Day.

And You, Seas sculpture in St. Joseph, MI
Related Member: ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, City of St. Joseph, Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, Krasl Art Center

Southwest Michigan visitors don’t have to compromise spending a nice day outdoors to see artistic creations. In fact, if you walk long enough, you can do both by visiting our outdoor art sculptures! You may have passed by before without noticing, but some of these sculptures have been around for decades. The embodiment of someone’s creativity, a tribute to a deeper meaning — just part of your normal walking route around town. We encourage you to stop, take in the art and learn more about these sculptures. Here are just a few places to start out.

A view of the vineyard and tasting room.
Related Member: Karma Vista Vineyards

The Herman family has been fruit farming near I-94 at the Coloma exit for 175 years — and in 2002 they decided to open a winery using that fruit. To celebrate Karma Vista Vineyard’s 20 years in Southwest Michigan, we spoke with owner Joe Herman. Learn about the family fruit growing business, the people who run it and what visitors can expect below!

Two people hiking up a dune at Grand Mere State Park
Related Member: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Warren Dunes State Park, Grand Mere State Park, John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail, Andrews Trails

It’s finally the time of year to get some vitamin D — and you don’t even need a sun lamp to do it! Getting fresh air, steps and sightseeing have never been easier. Hiking in the Summer in Southwest Michigan promises good exercise and even better views!

People enjoying in the Whirlpool Compass Fountain on a summer day.
Related Member: South Haven Visitors Bureau, Whirlpool Compass Fountain

As much fun as our Southwest Michigan beaches are, you can enjoy hours playing in the water without having to rinse off sand-coated feet. Five community splash pads (with more in the making) are the coolest thing to do with toddlers to grandparents. All are ADA-accessible, so come splash around!

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