Voted as one of America’s 11 great beach towns, Saugatuck is a resort town on the winding Kalamazoo River, nestled among sand dunes and back-dropped by scenic beauty. Stroll the waterfront Boardwalk lined with boats and unique shops. Enjoy a meal in a fine restaurant or waterfront café, sip on some locally made creamed-soda or savor an ice cream from a traditional parlor on a sunny day. Take a fun ride along the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan on the Star of Saugatuck, a large paddle wheel boat or head to the shoreline on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, a hand-cranked ferry. Unwind and enjoy the beautiful and tranquil scenery of the harbor and marinas after climbing the 282 steps at Oval Beach to Mt. Baldhead for spectacular views of the Kalamazoo River and downtown.
Art Coast of Michigan
Voted one of America’s top 25 arts destinations, it is clear to see why Saugatuck is known as the “Art Coast of Michigan”. Adventure into Saugatuck’s artistic heritage as you explore the many art galleries aimed at a mixture of cultures and tastes. View world-class art at the art festivals or dance the night away at a music festival. The Saugatuck-Douglas Museum is a must-see with diverse exhibitions, outdoor gardens and a harbor-front walkway at Mt. Baldhead. Even the ocean is artistic as you wade the shallow waters of Pier Cove Beach searching for smooth stones and beach glass.
Nature at its best
Beautiful beaches, towering dunes and thousands of acres of hiking terrain make Saugatuck an adventure for all outdoor enthusiasts. Oval Beach has been ranked one of the top 25 beaches in the world and the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area was nominated in a search for the 9th Wonder of the World. The Saugatuck Dunes State Park lies on the shoreline of Lake Michigan with beautiful dunes to roam, hiking trails and cross country ski trails. The water flows from the Saugatuck harbor along the Kalamazoo River and into Lake Michigan. Spend a day of fun water sports at Silver Lake or take a boat ride along the river to Lake Michigan. The harbor is the place to be during summer with fireworks displays, boat parades and plenty of great activities.
Visit our other nearby Lake Michigan towns of Pentwater, Silver Lake, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Macatawa, Holland, Hutchins Lake and Manistee.
Saugatuck has a little something special for all its visitors.