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South Haven, MichiganWelcome to South Haven - It's a feeling! One that's hard to put into words, but once you visit you'll feel it too. It's an experience you'll never forget. It's what keeps you coming back for more. From the moment you arrive until the time you have to leave, you will know you are some place special. This one-of-a-kind Michigan Beachtown cannot be fully appreciated by reading about it in a brochure, cannot be touched even through the most technologically advanced website, and all the beautiful sunset photos in the world cannot do it justice. But don't take our word for it; come here and see for yourself or trust glowing reviews from publications like:  The New York Times, Midwest Living, Michigan Travel Ideas, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Underwater Journal, SkyWest Magazine, Western Parent Magazine, Art Showcase Magazine, and many more!

South Pier & Lighthouse.


The Black River

Michigan Maritime Museum

Wilhelm Baum Tugboat!

Downtown is Alive!

Ski Season!

Outdoor Fun

Van Buren State Park Beach in December!
Photo by Jamie Garvison.

Happy New Year from the
South Haven/Van Buren County CVB Staff!

Why not include some adventure in your normal fitness routine? South Haven and Van Buren County are in the heart of Michigan's Winter Wonderland! Choose from dozens of exciting options - in and out of doors. If it starts with the letter "S" as in snow you can probably find it here . . . snowmobile, ski - cross country and downhill, skate, sled, snowshoe, stroll and shop!


 South Haven's Lighthouse
Threatened by Corrosion

Our century old South Haven lighthouse is in need of some major attention! It looks beautiful on the outside, of course, but on the inside it's a different story! Corrosion is threatening to destroy the base, seams, windows and stairs. It has been estimated that the cost of repairs to preserve our lighthouse for another 100 years will be $275,000. In 2012 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers handed ownership over to the Historical Association of South Haven who has recently made a separate committee to collect financial support for preservation efforts. You can attend an information session on November 29th at the Historic Hartman School for full details! In the meantime, be sure to check out their website at www.southhavenlight.org and YouTube video!


Ice Breaker 2015!
January 30-February 1, 2015

 West Michigan’s predominant and growing winter festival is showcasing dazzling ice sculptures, Chili Cook-off, Pub Slide, horse drawn wagon rides, kid crafts, and many more exciting, fundraising events for local communities.

 A major highlight of the event is the sculpting of more than 50 blocks of ice,  weighing 300 pounds each, into incredible works of frozen art. The Ice Sculpting  competition has three divisions - professional, amateur and student. While  admiring all the amazing ice displays along the way; make sure to enjoy the Pub  Slide, with food drink & entertainment specials offered at participating bars and  restaurants all weekend long.

 The streets of South Haven will also be blazing on Saturday from hosting the chili  cook-off, along with the Boy Scouts “Heat the Streets” offering 3 fire pits open for  s’more roasting! The Professional Chili Cook-Off provides downtown South Haven restaurants & bars the opportunity to vie for the coveted “Con Carne Trophy.”
Download: 2015 IceBreaker Brochure [PDF]  

The South Haven/Van Buren County CVB will be sponsoring a shuttle bus at this year's Ice Breaker Festival and here it is! The route and schedule! The bus will run from 12-10pm on Saturday, January 31, and reaches the North Side and several points downtown. Guests ride for FREE!


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