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An adult and two children walking in an orchard.
Related Member: St. Joseph Today, DeGrandchamp Farms, Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick, Stovers Farm Market & U-Pic, Lehman's Orchard, Lemon Creek Winery, JW Morlock & Girls LLC, Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farm

You may know Southwest Michigan as a Lake Michigan beach destination, but for 100 years a big draw for vacationers has been the acres of orchards, vineyards and fields on our farms beyond the shoreline. Our climate and soil are just right to be one of our nation’s best fruit, vegetable and flower growing areas!

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!

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 Winery & 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. 

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