Saugatuck, MI, is a quaint little town located on the west side of the state on Lake Michigan. This beach town is rich in relaxation and recreation; it’s the perfect place to visit during the summer with lots of things to do, an eclectic collection of shops, unique places to stay, and renowned restaurants for exceptional dining experiences.
Here are some of our favorite places to go during the summer in Saugatuck!
Spend a hot summer’s day on Oval Beach
Ranked as one of the top 25 beaches in the world, Oval Beach is a hot spot during the summer months. Surrounded by tall sand dunes and bordering the Kalamazoo River, it’s the perfect spot to catch some rays (with your sunglasses on, of course). Plan to get there early when you go, as parking will fill up fast!
Take a sunset cruise on the Star of Saugatuck
Cruise down the Kalamazoo River in the evening on the Star of Saugatuck for the perfect sunset view. This paddlewheel boat cruises throughout the day, but we love the sunset cruise for the views. Enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer while cruising this scenic waterway. If you are lucky, you might see a bald eagle, fox, or even a deer during the cruise! It is truly a fun excursion for all ages.
Indulge in a Butler Burger
The Butler Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Saugatuck, is known for its famous Butler Burger. This ½ pound ground Angus sirloin burger is topped with grilled ham, American cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise, which will make your mouth water just thinking about it! Of course, there is more to the menu than just the burger. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kalamazoo River with outdoor seating and live entertainment on the deck during the summer months. Have a boat? There are plenty of docks for you to tie up and dine in!
Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inn
There are numerous bed and breakfast spots in Saugatuck depending on your personal preferences. For a historic feel, the Belvedere Inn was built back in 1912 and has 10 European-style rooms. Your stay includes breakfast every day. If you are looking to stay right in downtown Saugatuck, try the BaySide Inn. This bed and breakfast was once a boathouse that has since been converted into an inn. All rooms include an outdoor deck or balcony with Kalamazoo River as your background.
Climb the Mt. Baldhead Dune
Get your workout in by climbing 303 wooden steps up 250 feet for a fantastic view of the Kalamazoo River Valley as your reward! Once you get to the top, the observation deck offers a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. At the bottom of the dunes, you can enjoy your lunch in the picnic pavilion or go fishing across the street off the dock.
Ride the Dunes
If you’re not up for climbing the dunes, why not go for an adventurous ride up and down on them with the Saugatuck Dune Rides? Learn about the lost town of Singapore while taking a rollercoaster-type ride up and down the dunes. You might even come across some wildlife on your ride!