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Outdoor Activities and Beaches on Lake Michigan

Get a list of the best outdoor activities in Saugatuck and Douglas including visiting Michigan's best beaches, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, area riding trails, area tours and golfing. Each listing has contact information, directions, and distance from the inn.  Guests can ride our Hotel Saugatuck bikes for FREE!

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

This park has 2.5 miles of coastal dunes along Lake Michigan's shoreline with dune ride tours. With dunes towering 200 feet high and a beach swimming area, this state park also houses three endangered species. This is a must-see destination for any nature-lovers, hikers, or bird-watchers.

Phone: (269) 857-2253
2.3 Miles

Michigan Beaches Nearby

Oval Beach

This world-famous beach is ranked at the top of America's freshwater beaches by National Geographic, The Chicago Tribune, and MTV. Catch a spectacular sunset, take a long walk with beautiful views, or spread a blanket for the day, this spacious beach offers miles of access to the Michigan shoreline. Amenities includes restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and three parking lots for accessibility.

Phone: (269) 857-1701
2.6 Miles
Douglas Beach

Take a relaxing morning walk on this quiet beach or get an unforgettable view of Saugatuck’s sunset at dusk. This beach is more private and serene than the energy often found at Oval Beach, and makes a great location for a more secluded and peaceful morning or evening walk. Amenities include restrooms, changing rooms, picnic tables, and grills.

Phone: (269) 857-1701
5 Miles

Ride and Tour Michigan's Art Coast

Rails to Trails Conservancy

For biking in Saugatuck and surrounding areas, see the numerous trails with varied lengths and many are ideal for walking and running.  We have free bikes available for our guests to ride.

Green Ride

Explore Saugatuck’s and Douglas’s hidden routes on a GenZe electric scooter, American-made, and assembled by hand in Michigan. This company is striving to reduce emissions with the trademark “Generation Zero Emissions.” Environmentalists will love exploring Saugatuck on these electrical vehicles, without the hassle of finding parking.

Phone: (269) 993-4884
0.5 Miles
Shaka Surf

Take a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) tour of Saugatuck’s harbor or rent a kayak at West Michigan’s only on-the-water paddle boarding rental. Shaka Surf also provides guided tours and lessons if you have no experience with SUP, the fastest-growing sport in the Midwest. Discover a new skill and even purchase a custom board here.

Phone: (269) 512-2792
0.5 Miles
Wild West Horseback Riding

Take a trail ride in the summer through the beautiful Allegan Forest or snuggle up under a blanket in the winter on a fairy-tale sleigh ride under snow-frosted trees to the singing sound of Christmas bells. If the open-air sleigh isn’t your thing in the winter, take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride.

Phone: (269) 673-3539
19.7 Miles
Saugatuck Dune Rides

Take an exciting tour across Saugatuck’s sand dunes on this all-natural rollercoaster ride. Saugatuck’s state park hosts 200-feet-high dunes so get ready for a thrilling adventure up and down these slopes along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Phone: (269) 857-2253
2.3 Miles

Saugatuck Area Golf Courses

Clearbrook Golf Club

Enjoy a golf outing at this 4.5/5 star course that includes driving ranges, putting green, a chipping green, and a restaurant. Hosting the West Michigan PGA tournament and a qualifying site for the Michigan Open, this golf club has hosted some of the region’s best players. The Grill Room is a great spot for a meal, named the location for Best Casual Dining along the Lake Shore.

Phone: (269) 857-2000
1.9 Miles

This golf course facility, crafted for experienced sportsmen, also offers walk-in game clinics all summer. Its beautiful links style layout is a golf course masterpiece displaying the natural beauty of the region’s landscapes. The old time dining atmosphere is sure to delight with elegance and delicious entrees at the pub. 

Phone: (269) 639-2121
15.5 Miles
Ravines Golf Club

Enjoy the 18-hole championship course and enjoy a meal at Arnie’s Cottage, the casual restaurant on site with picturesque views. Full of maple, pine, and ravines, this golf course is immersed in the natural beauty and tranquility of Michigan. The signature hole at this course requires a 160-yard flight across a ravine.

Phone: (269) 857-1616
5.2 Miles