About St. JosephIn 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 Centers St. Joseph Today Welcome Center 301 State St. St. Joseph, MI 49085. Phone:(269)985-1111
Self-guiding ToursBrochures about walking tours past several historic houses can be obtained from the welcome center.
ShoppingDowntown St. Joseph features nearly 60 specialty shops, including antique, fashion, home furnishing and jewelry stores.
Things to Do Curious Kids' Museum
St. Joseph, MI
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