Places to Explore in Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan

Saugatuck and Douglas are twin beach towns located in Allegan County, named one of the “10 All Star American Beach Towns” by Coastal Living Magazine. Tourists are usually drawn to the small town charm of the towns with the the art galleries, marinas, beaches, and views both towns have to offer. With many activities and sights to see these small towns will keep you busy from sunrise to sunset as you explore the art coast of Michigan. 


There’s no shortage of places to explore in the downtowns of Saugatuck and Douglas. The sidewalks are filled with restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, Michigan made goodies and much more. With both towns huge in the art scene, boasting various art festivals throughout the summer season, you are sure to find a treasure for you or a loved one back home. Open containers are allowed in the “social district” off of Butler and Water Streets. Enjoy a beverage from one of the local watering holes and feel free to bring it with you as you walk the riverfront.


Discover and explore one of the 6 public beaches in the Saugatuck and Douglas area. Each beach provides a beautiful stretch of the shoreline of Lake Michigan that is unique with breathtaking views of the sparkling water and rolling dunes. Soak in the sun on the sugar sand beaches of Oval Beach, Douglas Beach, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Pier Cove Beach, Laketown Beach and West Side County Park. The beaches are perfect for getaways with family and friends and an afternoon in the sun with picnic areas, concessions, bathrooms, and easy parking.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

If you are traveling through the area do not forget to stop by Saugatuck Dunes! You can enjoy miles of trails, the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan, and the coastal dunes. The State Park is nestled between Lake Michigan and the fresh water coastal dunes, including a 200 ft climb with an astonishing overlook. Visitors are drawn to the long sandy beaches and the 300-acre natural area, which contains a coastal dune system, as well as three endangered plant species

Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum

This museum is located next to the steps of Mount Baldhead.  With its outdoor garden and harbor front walkway, just steps from the iconic Saugatuck Chain Ferry. If you want to learn more about the history of Saugatuck this is a great place to go. This museum is one of Michigan’s best known and most visited small town museums,You will leave here knowing a little more about the sweet area of Saugatuck and Douglas. 

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