Lake Michigan, MI
South Haven: Not Just Blueberries
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Naval Memorial and Museum
Thirty miles north on Highway 31, the picturesque fishing port of South Haven triples its population in spring and summer. Shops and eateries line the harbor at the mouth of the Black River. The Michigan Maritime Museum on the boardwalk recounts Lake Michigan nautical history, using models and real boats from prehistoric canoes to Coast Guard rescue craft. Stop here for 45 minutes, longer if you've signed up for one of the weekend boat-building or navigation workshops.
Nature fans love camping at nearby Van Buren State Park, with unbeatable water views and sites just off the beach. Older family members can stay at one of the many Victorian B&Bs in town. In August, don't miss the National Blueberry Festival, which celebrates the star crop of this fruit-growing region. Stop at The Blueberry Store for berry-themed clothing, gifts, and food.