by Jill P
Yes, there’s a reason that Saugatuck was voted as USA Today’s “Best Coastal Small Town in America”. From the strolling the cute shops to the beautiful beaches to grabbing a bite at one of their many restaurants, there’s plenty for the whole family to do and see. We also love some of the special attractions that are offered in Saugatuck that will make you feel like you’re truly on vacation!
Oval Beach which is a is a short drive from downtown Saugatuck. A $6 entrance fee allows you to park at Oval Beach all day long. You can even leave, grab a bite to eat, and come back to watch the sunset. See our Southwest Michigan Beach Guide for more information.
Chain Ferry-You can take the hand-cranked ferry across the Kalamazoo River from Saugatuck right to the entrance of Mt. Baldy or you can just stay on the ferry for the return trip. This is a fun way to see the Kalamazoo River and it only costs $1 each way.
Harbor Duck Boat-The Duck Boat explores Saugatuck, Douglas, the harbor, and the Kalamazoo River. This transformed World War II Army amphibious vessel (part boat/part big truck) gives a humorous glimpse of the surrounding area.
Saugatuck Dune Rides-An adventure awaits for you with a run through the Saugatuck Dunes. This 40-minute ride is part thrill ride/part historic ride. Offering a great view of the dunes and some adventure along the way.
Star of Saugatuck-Located right in downtown Saugatuck, this paddle wheel gives you a smooth sail as you navigate through the channel and to Lake Michigan. I love the narration given by the boat captain such as learning about Old Singapore and other tidbits about Saugatuck’s history.
Shops Galore! There is something for everyone in the shops, even for the kids. Take time to window shop, enjoy an ice cream cone, or grab a bite for lunch.
Phil’s Bar & Grille has been out “go-to” place for lunch whenever we head to Saugatuck. There’s something for everyone to order and a good kids’ menu, too. Want to grab a quick pizza to go and head to the beach? Check out Back Alley Pizza Joint in Douglas for some of the yummiest pizza in town. Pumpkernickel’s Eatery is a low-key place to grab breakfast or a sandwich for lunch.
Mt. Baldhead (“Mt. Baldy”): Climb the 282 steps that will take you to the top of the Mt. Baldhead dune and you’ll be treated to a gorgeous view of Saugatuck, Douglas, and Lake Michigan. It’s a perfect way to burn off excess energy.
Right in the center of town (on Main & Butler), there’s a cute playground that is easy to access. We always stop by for some quick playtime.
So who needs to travel hundred of miles or more to take a great vacation? You can quickly gather the kiddos and head to Saugatuck for the day and truly experience a great one-day vacation.
Hope you have a great time on your next trip to Saugatuck!