Visit Pentwater, a Quaint Harbor Village on the West Michigan Lakeshore

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There are very few places left where you can feel happy, safe, relaxed. Pentwater is that kind of place. This small village creates memories for you and your family that won't soon be forgotten.

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Pentwater's Unique Features

Walking through downtown, you're struck by the colorful storefronts that beckon you inside to explore their unique items...perfect for your home or that special gift. Discuss the day's news inside one of Pentwater's cozy restaurants, or take an ice cream cone and sit on the soft grass on the Village Green. The cool breezes off Lake Michigan will refresh you, and it's fun to watch the boats come in and out of Pentwater marinas. Slip onto a side street and admire the charming Victorian homes and cottages of Pentwater. Many take pride in their beautiful gardens, filled with colorful hyacinths, daylilies, roses, and hydrangeas. The tree-lined streets are so typical of bygone days in small town America.

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Charles Mears State Park

Charles Mears State Park offers 175 paved campsite lots and a nice sandy beach along Lake Michigan, adjacent to Pentwater's North Pierhead Light. There is a one mile interpretive trail for hiking, and a sand dune called Old Baldy that provides a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. Visitors can enjoy a playground, picnic shelter, and great fishing. The park also has an accessible walkway by the concession stand, making it easier for people in wheelchairs or those with strollers and coolers on wheels. Nearby is the public beach, where you'll enjoy the natural Lake Michigan shoreline of Pentwater.

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Art Galleries

Pentwater is known for its art galleries and antique shops. You can spend hours looking around at past and present treasures. Make sure you're in Pentwater the 4th Friday of the month for the Art Stroll, where various participating downtown galleries open their doors from 5-8pm. Pentwater also plays host to Arts & Crafts Fairs during the summer months, where you're guaranteed to find something special!

Pentwater Art Galleries & the Arts


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Pentwater Festivals & Events

Any season--any time--Pentwater is where you want to be. We have listed our area events in our festivals & events story so you can see at a glance what's happening when. You can get event details by checking our calendar of events pages and selecting a specific month. There's always something fun going on, no matter what time of year. You'll never be bored in Pentwater! Come visit us and you'll see why Pentwater offers visitors a lovely, relaxing vacation. You'll want to return to this special place time and time again.

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Pentwater Has Friendly Businesses to Serve You!

When you visit a community away from home, it's typical to find yourself eating out, shopping, or looking for things to do. Pentwater merchants are happy to serve you with a smile! So, take some time and discover the many businesses ready to entertain you, or to provide you with a variety of services.

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Pentwater is just minutes off of US-31, which is along the route of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.



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Last Updated: 07-20-2015 03:01 PM ID: 363