What to Do with Kids in St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph is a great beach spot that’s just an hour away from Kalamazoo.
Why do families from all around Southwest Michigan (and beyond) flock to this great resort town? The beautiful beaches, great shopping options, a huge interactive splash fountain, fun kids museums, and more, of course!
Really – there is so much to do for families. And, in the heart of it all, is the Silver Beach Center.
While you’re in the area also check out the great seasonal events that make this an extra special place to visit. Highlights include horse-drawn trolley rides, the farmers market on the bluff, outdoor concerts and summer movies, and Antiques on the Bluff.
Start in Downtown St. Joe
The streets of downtown St. Joseph are situated on a bluff overlooking the beach with its many attractions.
Head downtown for fun local shops as well delicious food and drinks.
We ate at Silver Harbor Brewing Company, which was very kid-friendly. The restaurant had a full kids menu, goldfish crackers to snack on before dinner, crayons and Wikki Stix to keep them occupied.
We like starting downtown because – if you read on – the day just gets better – and wetter!
What You’ll Find at Silver Beach Center in St. Joseph Michigan
Downtown is just a hop away from Silver Beach action and its Silver Beach Center attractions. After you’re done downtown, park your car at the bottom of the bluff for easy access to beachside fun.
Here’s a look at where things are in St. Joseph. Plan to spend a day here, at least!
Curious Kids’ Museum & Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone – Two museums full of kid fun!
The Discovery Zone is steps away from Silver Beach, and a short walk from the Kids’ Museum.
You can buy a combo ticket if you’d like to play at both venues.
We enjoyed exploring the museum exhibits, including the water power tower exhibit and the climbing lighthouse.
After exploring, we cooled off at the free splash pad and then walked to Silver Beach for fun in the sand.
Silver Beach Carousel – It’s hard to pass up a spin on one of the 40+ hand-carved horses from the early 1900’s.
Whirlpool Compass Fountain Splash Pad – This is one giant spray play area!
When the cannons are going full blast, you’ll get drenched and have a blast.
Silver Beach and Silver Beach Center are where your kiddos can play all day.
The beach itself has beautiful views of Lake Michigan and plenty of sand for building castles. There are also a few playgrounds right on site for both the wee ones (age 2-5) and the older ones.
Hungry after all of that? Nearby, you’ll find the famous Silver Beach Pizza (located in an old Amtrak depot at the beach, this is a super spot for great pizza.) It’s easy to grab a pizza from their to-go ordering booth. They even give the kiddos a small piece of pizza dough to keep them occupied while you’re waiting for your order.
At the top of the bluff is Schu’s is a family-friendly restaurant with lake views and a good kids’ menu. Just want to grab a treat? Yo – Bubbs Frozen Yogurt or the Chocolate Cafe in downtown St. Joseph are good bets.
Other popular tourist locations include beautiful Jean Klock Park, St. Joseph Pier Lighthouse, local orchards, and wineries.