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St. Joseph, Michigan, is a small city of around 8,400 permanent residents and is located at the mouth of the St. Joseph River where it empties into Lake Michigan. Situated at the extreme southwestern corner of the state, St. Joseph is known for its key water routes for transportation on the Great Lakes and an easy connection to the Mississippi River. People come to St. Joseph to enjoy the natural recreation areas such as Riverview Park and Silver Beach, which has been rated as one of the top 25 beaches in America for families with young children. You can stay at St. Joseph cottages, cabins and rental houses, which feature amenities such as private decks with views of the lake, built-in fire pits for outdoor dining and cozy fireplaces for staying warm for a wintertime visit to the city.
St. Joseph offers many outdoor annual events for families, couples and individuals to enjoy. The family-friendly Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is held each year at Lake Bluff Park and features artists and craftsmen and women from around the Midwest. You can buy works of art or try your hand at a new art technique during this annual July festival. Another great annual event is the Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan, held each year on the second Saturday of August. This event features classic and vintage cars from around the nation. If you like cars, consider driving to the southeastern part of the state and staying at house rentals in Ann Arbor during the Detroit Auto Show, held each winter. Some other annual events to attend in and around St. Joseph include:
St. Joseph provides locals and visitors with a variety of outdoor activities all year round, many of which are centered on Lake Michigan. Many people enjoy renting a canoe and going fishing on the lake. During the summertime, Lake Bluff Park hosts outdoor concerts, farmer's markets and arts and crafts booths. If you like to attend professional sports such as baseball, drive across the state to stay at houses in Detroitand catch a game of the Detroit Tigers.
Families looking for indoor activities in St. Joseph can visit one of the many museums in the area. The Curious Kids' Museum offers hands-on interactive activities geared to kids ages 2 to 12. At the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, you can learn about southwestern Michigan's long history in transportation, shipping and agriculture. You could also drive to southeastern Michigan and stay at houses in Macomb while visiting the Henry Ford Museum or the Detroit Institute of Arts.
St. Joseph has snowy and cold winters with frequent lake effects snow bursts. Average January daytime temperatures are about 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime is mild, with daytime July temperatures around 78 degrees. The best time to visit St. Joseph is in September and October, when the air is warm and dry and there are many ways to enjoy the Lake Michigan beaches and shore.
You may drive your own private car or a rental car into St. Joseph, using I-94 or I-96 as the fastest ways to get into the city. US-31, M-63 and M-139 also cross through St. Joseph. If you prefer to get there by rail, the Amtrak Pere Marquette train makes daily stops. Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority offers local service to nearby cities such as Benton Harbor.