Spring | Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
Spring flowers at Fernwood.

What makes Southwest Michigan a top Michigan spring destination

Ahhh, spring in Michigan. It is our vibrant, always-changing season when winds whoosh through our dunes, and then turn into gentle breezes wafting the sweet fragrance of pastel blossoms from our orchards and vineyards. Spring in Southwest Michigan is when ice formations slowly dissolve along our Great Lake’s shore and the waves roar to life, pounding our beaches and dousing our lighthouses. Yet, moments later, the Lake becomes a rippling mirror reflecting the crimson-gold of another glorious sunset. The days are longer and warmer. Songbirds return. And once again, we get a grip on our golf clubs, bike handles, fishing poles and kayak paddles, and we refresh.

Whether you are coming for a romantic getaway, to play with your children or grandchildren, meet up with your best friends or just enjoy a peaceful solo retreat, this is a top Michigan spring destination from March through May. You can join us! We are a car ride from Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Amtrak also makes daily stops at a depot that’s within minutes of most of our spring activities and hotels.

Spend your spring break in Michigan! If you need spring break ideas in Southwest Michigan, it costs very little to make memories at the Silver Beach Carousel, the Curious Kids' Museum and Discovery Zone, soaring kites on our beaches and playing Marco Polo in our lodgings' indoor pools.

Then come back to witness an explosion of flowers in April and May. The Blossomtime Festival in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph celebrates this colorful time with The Grand Floral parade. In May there is the Compass Music Festival in Whirlpool Centennial Park followed by the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. You'll find fresh-snapped asparagus in our roadside farm markets and crinoids and beach glass peeking up through the sand.

Blossomtime Parade

Spring activities in Southwest Michigan

Special spring events and festivals

As our events calendar shows, spending spring in Southwest Michigan is full of activity. It is always more fun if you can join us, though. Here are some favorite annual spring events:

Fun-for-everyone outdoor activities

Hop off the couch, and feel the exhilaration of spending time outside in Southwest Michigan’s refreshing spring air and beautiful settings. Here’s a sampling of the good times that await you:

Play games, win prizes! 

Lake Bluff Park in the spring.

How to plan your spring vacation in Southwest Michigan

Planning your spring stay in Southwest Michigan is quite simple. Check the weather, then pack a few warm layer options and light layer options. Gloves may still come in handy depending on when you are visiting! Most places take credit or debit cards, but bring cash for the few that don’t. Before you venture out, check our itineraries for ideas of how to plan your route. And, contact us to get answers to your questions. We want this to be one of your favorite vacations ever!

Book your Southwest Michigan spring getaway now

Our Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Stevensville hoteliers and their staff look forward to warmly welcoming you through their doors. You will find the amenities you want including views of Lake Michigan, pools for the kids to play Marco Polo in, fitness and spa facilities, romantic packages and tail-wagging accommodations for your pet. 

You also have our assurances that our lodgings follow cleaning protocols to keep rooms and public areas safe. Many offer contactless check-outs and provide guest temperature checks if you request them. You will feel comfortable every minute you are here.

So, come make happy memories in Southwest Michigan. The simple joys of spring are some of our best. 

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