Saugatuck Michigan has the last remaining hand-cranked chain ferry in America. It operates only in the summer and it takes visitors across the Kalamazoo River by an operator hand-cranking it along a chain that stretches across the river. Saugatuck has had a ferry crossing on the river since 1838.
Saugatuck is ranked one of the top five tourist destinations in the Midwest and is home to beautiful Oval Beach cited by Conde Naste, Life Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and National Geographic Traveller Magazine as one of the most beautiful shorelines in the world.
One of West Michigan's premier attractions! Enjoy an invigorating ride thru pristine sand dunes for 35-40 minutes of exciting entertainment, fun and education. Take a tour of one of Michigan's treasures. Learn of the lost town of Singapore.
Rated among the 25 best shorelines in the world by Conde Nast's Traveler, Oval Beach has the right combination of sand dunes, seclusion and services that create its cachet. Discover it best by riding across the Kalamazoo River on a hand-pulled chain ferry from the town of Saugatuck, climbing 305 steps to Mount Baldhead, and descending onto the grassy coastal sands.
The 1866 Old School House (The Douglas Union School), is now in the possession of the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society. This stately national landmark is the oldest multi-classroom school building in Michigan and one of the finest examples of 19th century school architecture in America. Along with its six city lots of lawn and woods, it has been transformed into a "History Center" where Saugatuck-Douglas citizens and visitors can benefit in a multitude of ways from the area's rich history and culture.
Ox-Bow is the Chicago Institute of Art's summer school of painting in Saugatuck. Ox-Bow's campus encompasses 115-acres of pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic buildings. Ox-Bow has been in operation for over 100 years and continues to provide an immersive environment for artists to explore traditional and contemporary modes of art-making. Ox-Bow provides a singular experience that respects historical techniques while bending genres into new formats, in an environment outside of the everyday, where creativity is paramount.
The Red Barn Theater is one of the last remaining Red Barn Playhouses in the United States. Popularized in the 1930s, enjoy community theater and arts at Saugatuck's historic Red Barn. Theatre, dance, film, music and Cabaret performance and education.
The Saugatuck-Douglas Museum is one of Michigan's best-known and most-visited small town museums, annually drawing nearly 10,000 visitors to its exhibits and more than 40,000 visitors to its outdoor garden and harbor-front walkway.
The Felt Estate was once the luxurious summer home and hobby of self-made millionaire and inventor Dorr E. Felt. The mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites, retains the architectural beauty of a bygone era and offers a glimpse into the wealth and lifestyle of the Roaring 20s - a time cut short by The Great Depression.
The Star of Saugatuck takes visitors on a narrated tour of the history of the area while viewing the harbor and the river and wetlands leading to Lake Michigan. Visitors will enjoy sitting back and relaxing while listening to the water running off the paddlewheels as you gently glide down the Kalamazoo River. See Saugatuck from the water, a totally different view from what you see on land, and take in the majesty of Lake Michigan.