As we rode past the main beach we came to the end of the road. From here we thought we could get a couple of shots of the entire beach area. While Sue took those pictures I concentrated more on the two couples I saw here which I think give a good impression of what many people fail to do in this active world of ours. Just sit back or lay back and...more
Mid-July means it's the Venetian Festival in St Joseph, MI. They have a lot of carnival rides, food, music, etc and it's so fun to come to this event. One year, they had a soda company that would sell you their big mug and you could get all the refills you wanted! Hope they come back again when we go this year... They had a big band play some music...more
A great kids museum in the heart of downtown. Activities for kids from toddler to about 10 or 11. My son loves to play doctor on the ambulance the best, but also like all the science stuff and the face painting. The toddler section is great with plenty of climbing toys and water play in an area that the big kids aren't allowed in, all with a...more
EASTER EGG HUNT - Held each year the day before Easter on the bluff.The egg hunt put on by the city is fun for all ages. They divide the kids up by age and they hunt eggs on the bluff. The egg hunt is started by a loud blast from the fire truck, which carries the Easter Bunny. After the egg hunt (which last about 30 seconds!) the Easter Bunny is...more
Beaches - St. Joe has three main beaches, Silver Beach, Lion's Beach and Tiscornia Park. Each beach has its own personality and different things that stand out about them.Silver Beach has two great playgrounds, a beautiful beach, and a boardwalk dotted with swings. It is also the beach with access to the south pier, a great place to stoll and see...more
HALLOWEEN PARADE - The Saturday before Halloween, the city throws the kids a party. There is trick-or-treating, a costume parade, and hayrides in the downtown area.Tons of fun for the kids! They trick-or-treat to all the stores, which pass out candy. The parade also includes costume judging. The hayride goes around town and is really done with a...more
521 Lake Boulevard, Saint Joseph, MI 49085
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3019 Lakeshore Drive, Saint Joseph, MI 49085
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100 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Good for: Couples
The original Clementine's Restaurant is in downtown South Haven, but for the several days we were in town the wait was anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. However, on our way back home to Chicago we stopped in St Joseph where we knew they had an off shoot of the original so we stopped here and had an early dinner since we hadn't had lunch earlier...more
Prices are very reasonable and the Pump House is a great place to eat with a family. Wednesday is rib night, and my dad often comes down half an hour to eat here. Hold distinction of being the only business in St. Joseph owned by an African American, so promote diversity and drop by for a great meal. Prime rib sandwich! For only $7 you get a HUGE...more
If it is not too hot, the patio that overlooks the river is a great place to enjoy good food and a pitcher of margaritas. It is always quite busy, so avoid it on Friday and Satuday nights if you don't want to wait. Onion rings, fried zucchini, and apple blossom. I know, it is not exactly health food! The sandwiches are very good, too.more
The best way to get to St. Joseph is by car. It is located off of I-94 and I-96.
By foot. It is not that big that you can't walk the downtown area. In the summer, there is a trolley that runs around town, and on weekends there are horse-drawn trolley rides, too.
This was the very first time we had ever been to St. Joseph, Michigan and for a relatively small town on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan we were surprised by the amount of activities going on in town late on a Saturday afternoon in July.
It appears from some information I've read that the arts council in St. Joseph is very active and every year has a fun little theme like this year's Surf N' Safari statues of members of the animal kingdom.
Pictured here are several of the 2009 entries.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring a swimsuit in the summer and all the winter wrappings in winter (think lake effect snow). Layers are called for in the spring and the fall with a 30-40 degree difference in am and pm temps.
Glenlord Beach - Actually an overlook, not a beach anymore, due to the erosion. Very scenic view of the lake. Located at the off of Glenlord Rd., which intersects Red Arrow Highway a few blocks from the beach. One of the best places in the area to watch the sunset.
Come in July and experience the Venetian Festival! It is a four day long party with dancing, wine tasting, concert, kids games, great food and rides. It is a don't miss summer event if you live anywhere close enough to come in for the weekend. This photo was taken on the bluff, waiting for the fireworks, looking towards the carnival. I only moved...more
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