Introduction to South Haven, Michigan
South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren county, is 35 miles W of Kalamazoo, Michigan (center to center) and 79 miles NE of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the surrounding Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metro area.
South Haven History
In 1833, J. R. Monroe was granted a land patent along Lake Michigan’s shore by the U.S. government. The first permanent settlers arrived in the 1850s and the city of South Haven was founded in 1869. A sawmill was constructed around the same time, which led to the establishment of other buildings. In the early 1900s, the city of South Haven became a resort town and was often referred to as "The Catskills of the Midwest." The area is the Kal-Haven Trail’s western terminus, and is well-known among snowmobilers and bicyclists.
South Haven and Nearby Attractions
- Michigan Maritime Museum
- Saugatuck Dunes State Park
- Holland Museum
- Outdoor Discovery Center
- Van Buren State Park
Things To Do In South Haven
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum in South Haven is a national historic site that houses artifacts and documents about the life and times of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, a famous horticulturist and botanist. Joyce Petter Gallery, which is not far from the city, has a large collection of art and paintings on display. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Glenn Shores Golf Course. Festivals celebrated by the community include, Icebreaker Festival during February, Harborfest in June, and the National Blueberry Festival in August. Museums nearby include Michigan Maritime Museum, Holland Museum, and Cappon House Museum.
South Haven Transportation
Flights are available from Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
South Haven Higher Education
Colleges near South Haven are Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University, and Hope College.