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A family walking toward the beach in St. Joseph, MI
Related Member: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Journeyman Distillery, Michigan Maritime Museum, Warren Dunes State Park, Tiscornia Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park

Welcome to Southwest Michigan — one of the most beautiful and fun-filled places in the Midwest. This paradise along Lake Michigan’s shoreline is bursting with must-visit places and activities in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties.

Two people enjoying beers at the bar at Ghost Isle Brewery.
Related Member: Galien River County Park, Ghost Isle Brewery

Ghost Isle Brewery opened at 17684 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo in April 2019, bringing together locals, visitors, an onsite brewery and Ghost Island’s hauntings. We spoke with owner Elizabeth Sima about what you can expect when you visit this spooky good, family friendly brewery on the Galien River Marsh.

Related Member: Krasl Art Center, Round Barn Estate, South Haven Visitors Bureau, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Village of Baroda

It is officially summer! While the amount of fun and interesting things to do increases during this season, we want to highlight a few to give you a flavor for this year’s offerings — especially our Fourth of July events in Southwest Michigan.

View of Silver Beach and the Whirlpool Compass Fountain
Related Member: ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, Box Factory for the Arts, Siegfried H. Horn Museum, Krasl Art Center, North Berrien Historical Museum, Berrien County Historical Association, Weko Beach Campground, Jean Klock Park, Rocky Gap Park, Silver Beach County Park, Galien River County Park, Paw Paw River County Park, Roadside Park, Andrews Trails, Lookout Park

One of the simple joys of visiting Southwest Michigan is that you don’t have to empty your wallet to have a relaxing, fun-filled time while you are here. Since we are a tank of gas or less away from most major cities in the Midwest, what happens at the gas pumps won’t deter you from getting away, either. Here are the top free things you can do when you are in and around St. Joseph.

Kids learning to surf
Related Member: Curious Kids' Museum, Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Public Library, Silver Beach Carousel, Berrien County Historical Association, Third Coast Surf Shop, Water Street Glassworks, Whirlpool Compass Fountain

With your children home for the summer, you’re bound to have lots of fun coming up with exciting activities to keep them entertained. However, there will come a day when you’ve “trial and error-ed” your way through your at-home science experiment books, worn down all the chalk and none of the board games sound fun to anyone. Your kid may come down the hall and say, “I’m bored.” While they look to you to come up with something creative, don’t stress and don’t desperately search Pinterest, either. Bring them to Southwest Michigan! There are loads of unique summer day camps, art classes, events and activities geared towards your little learners and explorers. We even have stuff for your picky teens! You don’t even have to search for them online, we’ve already curated them for you below. Here are summer activities for kids in Southwest Michigan. 

Farmers' Market in St Joseph, Michigan
Related Member: DeGrandchamp Farms, Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick, Stovers Farm Market & U-Pic, Lehman's Farmhouse, Lemon Creek Winery, Watervliet Fruit Exchange

One of the best reasons to visit Southwest Michigan in the summer is what’s ripening in our countryside. This is one of the juiciest, crispest, most-delicious seasons in Southwest Michigan. Our farmers grow lots of heart-healthy, cancer-preventive fruits and vegetables, plus flowers that make your days brighter. They also entice you with homemade pies and baked goods and jars of jams, preserves, salsas, pickles, syrups and sauces. So where can you find all this summer goodness?

A family walking in the woods.
Related Member: ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center, Box Factory for the Arts, Chartreuse, Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, Inn at Harbor Shores, Krasl Art Center, Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, Benton Harbor Arts Association, Water Street Glassworks, Warren Woods State Park, Galien River County Park, Paw Paw River County Park, Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park, Fred Russ Forest Park

All of us would like to be healthier physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a dream shared by people all around the world. With the slogan, “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate living well every day. And Southwest Michigan can help you change your whole life with a myriad of activities soothing to the individual. Be free from stress, recognize the value of your life and find peace with yourself with these wellness activities in Southwest Michigan.

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