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Best things to do in Van Buren County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Pizza Place
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“A favorite for many tourists AND locals for their awesome pizza (including gluten free) and great atmosphere. Located in a working Amtrak train depot, just a block from Silver Beach and the Carousel. ”
32 locals recommend
Beach
“ Just south of the mouth of the St. Joseph River and the South Pier. Probably the most popular beach in the area. This is about a 15 minute drive from Millburg. While there, visit the Silver Beach Carousel. ”
23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Arts District, Benton Harbor. If you are into healthy eating Mason Jar is for you! Menu is loaded with options for organic preferences, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Naturally delicious foods! Best breakfast! ”
29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great food and service. Right down town. You have to experience the Original Clementines!”
21 locals recommend
Museum
“St. Joe is another beach town in the area. 25 min north. Fun thing to do with kids around sunset. Tons of restaurants and breweries up this way”
14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our absolute favorite! Has small plates and something for everyone. We always get their homemade hummus of the day.”
17 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local artists display their work here. It's a fun place to walk into and stay for 10 minutes or so. ”
9 locals recommend
Museum
“This is a small children's museum next to lake Michigan. You can visit Silver Beach across the street for the museum. The beach has a playground and a snack stand.”
11 locals recommend
Park
“Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It’s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Located 3 miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants. The day use area has picnic tables and grills, a picnic shelter and two modern restroom buildings. Lake Michigan provides a great area for swimming and a beautiful beach for sun bathing. ”
9 locals recommend
Bar
“Black River Tavern is a very casual local bar with a view of the Black River and Lake Michigan. Outdoor seating is available weather permitting. Live music on weekends. Voted "Best of 2014" for bar food, live entertainment, beer selection and specialty drinks. ”
15 locals recommend
Beach
“Great Beach about 20 minutes to the south in the fun harbor town of South Haven.”
11 locals recommend
Trail
“Choose from short or longer hikes through Michigan woods. Butterfly house and educational center, too. Bring insect repellant. ”
8 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Yum, yum, yum! Great food and beer brewed on the premises. Try the Brussels Sprouts!”
12 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Livery is Berrien County’s oldest brewery being around since 2002. The outside area is pet friendly so feel free to bring your pups. Also the main bar doubles as a music venue and Brandon brings in some diverse and amazing acts from around the planet. They have amazing pizza and my wife loves the TBA sandwich. If your an IPA fan enjoy a McGilligans, a dynamite American IPA.”
12 locals recommend
Food
“Sherman’s ice cream is made the old fashioned way – many flavors, still one batch at a time, without the help of huge high-tech equipment. Their ice cream is loaded with flavorings – big strawberries in the Strawberry, lots of pecans in the Butter Pecan, and hunks of fudge in the Mackinac Island Fudge. Their ice cream is richer and heavier than most standard ice creams, but not too much like the expensive heavy bodied super premiums. It’s so good and creamy that people usually want that second scoop.”
10 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Right around the corner on Benton Center Road. My favorite wine here is the Traminette. ”
5 locals recommend