Framed by nature, the resort town of Saugatuck is nestled near the waters of Lake Michigan and is home to picturesque landscapes with sweeping sand dunes and lush forest. You can soak up the local culture in its boutique shops, restaurants and performance art venues.
Things to do in Saugatuck
Dune rides offer thrill-seekers a chance to go on open-air excursions that include history narrations and the option to go dune-rolling down the hills. At Saugatuck Dunes State Park, you can also use the trails for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing, or spend the day birdwatching and playing disc golfing.
Spend the morning beachcombing, paddleboarding, kayaking and sunbathing at Oval Beach, then head to the harbour area to rent a pontoon boat or book a fishing charter. Ride a hand-pulled chain ferry across Kalamazoo River to go picnicking and hiking at Mount Baldhead Park or get in a game of golf at The Ravines or Hawkshead courses.
Stroll the lively Butler Street to visit one or more of the 30 galleries and art venues, which sit alongside boutiques, pubs and gardens. Enjoy visual arts at Ox-Bow School of Art, then take in a theatrical performance, concert or documentary film at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Sample some of the local craft beer offerings at Saugatuck Brewing Company, local wine at Fenn Valley Vineyards and heirloom apple cider at Virtue Farms. Enjoy a lively evening at Coral Gables complex, home to the Annex Piano Bar and open-air Tiki Bar.
Getting around Saugatuck
Saugatuck operates a “demand response” public bus system offering rides within 15 minutes of calling. Taxis and bicycle hire are also available and you can rent a car at Muskegon County Airport, about a 45-minute drive away.