5 Things to Do in St. Joseph This Summer 

Shandra Martinez

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Solstice Sundown at St. Joseph Lighthouses
Beautifully situated along the lower curve of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, St. Joe is home to sugar-sand beaches, a giant splash pad and its landmark Silver Beach Carousel. If you are spending a day in St. Joseph, there is plenty to do. Here is our Top 5:
Whirlpool Compass Fountain: This giant splash pad draws people from other cities. Some families plan day trips or even vacations around the chance to visit this spot. Each spring, summer and fall, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain is open to the public, with longer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Box Factory for the Arts: Created to support the community’s emerging artists, this venue doubles as a place where art is created and displayed and performances are staged. Step into this building to view art exhibits for free, but also check the schedule to see what performances are on tap. Don’t miss the Art Market gift shop, where you’ll find work by local and regional artists.
Silver Beach County Park: This park fans out from where the St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan. This wide waterfront park boasts nearly 2,500 feet of big lake frontage and has a dedicated public swimming area in the summer. There is a daily parking fee May through September.
Silver Beach Carousel: Whether you pick one of the hand-carved horses or a slide into a chariot for a ride, this spinning platform is like taking a step back in time. Located in the busy boardwalk entertainment area, it reflects a huge community effort to bring a carousel back to town.
Krasl Art Center: Regular art exhibitions, special installations, guest artists, camps and classes are all rolled into the programming at this art center that is also a community centerpiece.
There’s lots to see and do in St. Joseph. Check out the highlights in this video.
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