Dyckman Bascule Bridge
Yet another South Haven maritime highlight, the Dyckman Avenue drawbridge lifts for boat traffic through the Black River to Lake Michigan every half hour in summer.
Michigan Maritime Museum
It calls South Haven its home - the premier museum for Michigan Great Lakes history, research, preservation and education features exhibits, a boathouse, the U.S. Life Saving Service building, a lightkeeper’s house and the Marialyce Canonie Great Lakes Research Library.
Free your imagination and senses to play! Well beyond artifacts and information, the museum immerses you in South Haven culture, events and excursions. Climb aboard one of our popular vessels, including the famous tall ship Friends Good Will, a historic replica of the 200-year-old merchant ship with a role in the War of 1812 and then the U.S. Navy. Friends Good Will sets sail for both day and sunset outings, as well as for private charters.
You can also board the 36-foot 1941 U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat 36460. The boat was the star of the 2016 Disney film The Finest Hours, which tells the story of the Coast Guard’s historic 1952 rescue of the crew of the SS Pendleton.
Take in South Haven’s maritime tradition and scenery while getting in good exercise! The Harbor Walk walking tour starts at the north pier lighthouse, follows the Black River to the drawbridge and continues back around the harbor toward the south pier lighthouse. Walking about 10,000 steps (app. 3.2 miles/5 kilometers) if you go north to south and back again, you’ll pass 21 historic markers and learn about the city’s history as a commercial and recreational port.