DescriptionIn 1833, Newberryport was renamed St. Joseph after the St. Joseph River bordering the peninsular city along with Lake Michigan. Originally St. Joseph grew as a stopping place for travelers between Chicago and Detroit. Today there are a variety of beaches and parks.
Silver Beach Amusement Park was in operation 1891-1971, and nearly 40 years after it was torn down, nostalgia set a project in motion to bring back three of the park's features: a boardwalk, a carousel and a dance/meeting/reception pavilion. The nearly 250-foot re-creation of the original boardwalk parallels the Lake Michigan bluff and Silver Beach County Park. Six of the carousel's hand-carved and hand-painted horses are replicas of originals. The new carousel rounding boards showcase historic area images. The Whirlpool Compass Rose Fountain, across from the carousel, is a multi-arm fountain; each arm shoots water 35 feet in the air, creating a mist that rains down from where they meet. The fountain and carousel are open daily; phone (269) 982-8500.
Visitor InfoSt. Joseph Today Welcome Center 301 State St. ST. JOSEPH, MI 49085. Phone:(269)985-1111
ShoppingDowntown St. Joseph features nearly 60 specialty shops, including antique, fashion, home furnishing and jewelry stores.
Self-guiding toursBrochures about walking tours past several historic houses can be obtained from the welcome center.
Things to SeeCurious Kids' Museum