Explore the top things to do in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor

Located 15 minutes from Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline, the Country Inn & Suites in Benton Harbor offers spacious rooms and suites close to waterside fun and family-friendly amusements like the Silver Beach Carousel. In nearby St. Joseph, your little ones can explore the Curious Kids’ Museum or cool off at the Whirlpool Compass Fountain. If you’re on a couple’s getaway, find plenty of things to do in South Haven’s charming downtown, or sample vintages with your sweetie along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Top off a busy day with a performance at The Mendel Center.

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Downtown South Haven

23.76 mi / 38.23 km from the hotel
Full of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafés, this charming downtown offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting mid-May through mid-October, don’t miss the farmers market, where you can buy local produce and artisanal goods.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

23.78 mi / 38.27 km from the hotel
You can sample award-winning vintages produced by the 15 wineries that make up this trail, which runs from New Buffalo to Saugatuck. Although you’ll find everything from whites to rosés, the region is known for its robust reds.

Silver Beach

4.26 mi / 6.85 km from the hotel
Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, this public beach offers pristine sands for sunbathing and picnicking. Anglers can head to the South Pier to catch salmon and rainbow trout, and families won’t want to miss the carousel overlooking the bluff.

Curious Kids’ Museum

3.99 mi / 6.41 km from the hotel
Let your little ones burn off energy at this interactive museum, which features hands-on exhibits like a veterinarian clinic, a farmer’s market, and a TV weather station. Each Saturday, the museum hosts a family program with crafts.

Harbor Shores Golf Club

3.65 mi / 5.87 km from the hotel
This 500-acre course boasts 18 challenging holes and is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on Lake Michigan. After finishing your round, grab a cold beer and a tasty burger at The Grille.

The Mendel Center

2.07 mi / 3.34 km from the hotel
Located on the campus of Lake Michigan College, this performing arts center hosts speakers, concerts, and Broadway productions throughout the year.

Sarret Nature Center

5.84 mi / 9.41 km from the hotel
You can cross-country ski in winter, hike on eight miles of trails, and catch a glimpse of local wildlife in this 1,200-acre preserve. Kids will love visiting the Butterfly House, and the whole family can sign up for one of the nature classes.