Benton Harbor Arts District
The Arts District in Benton Harbor is a year-round destination for great food, inspiring art and family friendly events.
The Arts District, located on and around the intersection of Water St. and Territorial Rd. in Benton Harbor, is home to a variety of shops, local eateries and art galleries, and it hosts numerous events throughout the year. A great way to get familiar with the Arts District is to attend one of the Art Hops organized by the New Territory Arts Association. Every few months, local businesses, restaurants, and galleries invite the public to celebrate art and local artists. Art Hops are free and family-friendly events which are open to everyone; many of the participating organizations provide light refreshments for guests.
Every land has its makers. Crafters of furniture. Forgers of steel. Tillers of earth. Ours are masters of making wine, beer and spirits. More and more of these makers are putting down stakes near our Lake Michigan shore where they handcraft award-winning beverages. You’re just minutes from each one in Southwest Michigan.
Just follow the Makers Trail. What a welcome you’ll receive at each stop along the way in Berrien County as we pop wine corks, tap beer kegs and whiskey barrels, and pour flights for you and your friends. Drink in our makers’ art and bring home your favorites. Along the trail, enjoy your choices with pairings of savory cheeses, smoky grilled meats, crisp vegetables and hand-dipped, creamy chocolates. Most of our maker’s foods are made with locally sourced ingredients. Pause for a moment in the whirl of life. These are the makers of happiness.
Located below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph on Lake Street a favorite destination for a variety of beach and river front activities, ranging from swimming and beach volleyball to sunset strolls, playground structures, barrier-free walkways, and the Shadowland Pavilion. Voted “Top Ten Beaches” by Parents Magazine and “Top Six Beaches in the World” by Delta Sky Magazine. Silver Beach was also named the number three most under rated beach in America by BBC.
Jean Klock Park
Jean Klock Park is an historic city park along Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States. In 1917, J. N. Klock and his wife Carrie bought a significant stretch of lakeshore including tall dunes and 2,950 feet (900 m) of shoreline from E. K. Warren, donor of Warren Dunes, and deeded the land to the City of Benton Harbor. They gave the land in memory of their daughter, Jean, who died in early childhood. The Klock deed stipulates that the property be used for bathing beach, park purposes or other public purposes.
With 900 feet of spectacular Lake Michigan Beach, Weko Beach and Campground is the ideal family destination. The wide and spacious beach is perfect for a long walk or jog as well as hours of fun playing in the sand and water. Tucked on the other side of the dune is the campground. Campers can enjoy one of the 70 developed and semi-developed camp sites or reserve one of the 6 log cabins.
Silver Beach Center
Silver Beach Center includes six popular tourist attractions: Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach Carousel, Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone by Curious Kids’ Museum, Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum, Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope and Shadowland on Silver Beach. Silver Beach Center offers special activities throughout the year to entertain all ages indoors and out.
U-Pick Farms and Farm Market
Take a bite of any farm-fresh fruit or vegetable in southwest Michigan and you’ll never want to buy store-bought again! Over 60 roadside markets, pick-your-own-farms and farmers markets offer you sun-ripened and rain-sweetened goodness in a wide variety of produce. In fact, southwest Michigan’s temperate climate has helped Michigan to lead the nation in growing tart cherries and blueberries and to be one of the top 10 states for apples, plums, sweet cherries, asparagus, grapes, snap green beans, pears, strawberries, sweet corn, cauliflower, peaches, cucumbers and wine.
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores
With all that Harbor Shores has to offer, it’s easy to see why it was chosen to host the 2012 & 2014 Senior PGA Championships presented by KitchenAid. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course challenges golfers over remarkably diverse terrain that runs along the Paw Paw River and Ox Creek, through a hardwood forest, and around the dunes – making it ideal for one of the game’s premier events. With the golf world watching, the Senior PGA Championship will put the legends of the game at your door and establish Harbor Shores as a premier destination course that spans Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Benton Charter Township.
Box Factory For the Arts
The Box Factory for the Arts owned by the Berrien Artists’ Guild, is a multi-use arts center that includes artist studios, galleries, a performance stage, classrooms, Art Shoppe, meeting space, and more. Two floors of the 55,000-square-foot building have been devoted to the arts since 1995 when members of the Berrien Artist Guild, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, purchased the historic (c. 1903) Williams Brothers Paper Box Factory. The Box Factory is free and open to the public: 10am to 4pm Mon-Sat, and 1 to 4 pm on Sun.
Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
The Priscilla U. Byrns Heritage Center provides a beautiful setting for a variety of functions, including weddings, seminars, and concerts. The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center provides an ideal setting for interpreting the history of the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor area. In addition to exhibits, they also present various programs and lectures, as well as preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Fort Miami region and the twin cities area through their library, archival and artifact collections.
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