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Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph

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Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph

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Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph [1] ("Benton Harbor-Saint Joe" for short) are two nearby towns in the Lake Michigan Beachtowns region of Michigan.

Get in[edit]

St. Joseph has an Amtrak train station on the Pere Marquette route between Grand Rapids and Chicago.

By car, they can be reached from US-31/I-196 or I-94.

St. Joseph is about an hour and 45 minutes drive from Chicago.

Get around[edit]

Benton Harbor-St. Joseph is very easy to get around by car. Though be cautious of downtown St. Joseph's one-way streets.

See[edit][add listing]

Things to see in St. Joseph:

  • Krasl Art Museum
  • Curious Kids Museum
  • Box Factory for the Arts
  • Silver Beach
  • Lighthouse
  • Downtown shopping area
  • Sunset over the lake from the bluff
  • Tiscornia Beach

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ice Festival (February)
  • Blossomtime Parade (May)
  • Krasl Art Fair (July)
  • Chalk the Block (August)

A Venetian Festival was held every July, but was shut down in 2011.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Pumphouse Grill - [2]
  • Tosi's Cafe - Great place for breakfast, lunch or a light evening snack. Excellent food, pastries, and coffee. [3]
  • Kilwin's Ice Cream - [4]
  • Silver Beach Pizza - [5]

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Stay safe[edit]

Use extreme caution traveling in the economically depressed areas of Benton Harbor. The area has a history of violent crime, and has experienced an increase in evening crimes. If you get into trouble, the local emergency number is the same as the nation-wide one (911).

While walking down the rather thin pier (south of the pier containing the 2 lighthouses), be vigilant of your step as the surface of the pier can be icy, wet and uneven due to both crevaces in the cement or bumps. One has to be extremely careful, especially watching kids, near the edges of the pier as some portions have no guard rails. It's best to hold little ones' hands and stay on the center, more elevated part of the pier when walking, which is further away from the unguarded edges.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph
Michigan CityUnion Pier  W noframe E  KalamazooAnn Arbor 
Grand Rapids/MuskegonSouth Haven  N noframenoframe S  I-196.png ends → NilesSouth Bend

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