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New Buffalo Public Beach

New Buffalo, MI
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Ranked #5 of 17 Attractions in New Buffalo
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: New Buffalo's beach is wonderful!  It's clean and lots of fun.  Lake Michigan drops off so slowly that you can walk nearly a block toward Chicago... more »
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Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews 128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Think the title about says it all. It was pretty until you actually walked on the beach. There's seagull poop everywhere. As I walked a short distance down the beach, there was a dead seagull at the water's edge and another dead one on the beach. On the other side of the lighthouse and rocks, there had to have been... More

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tinley park, il
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This beach was fabulous It was after Labor Day, so no fee and not at all crowded. Very clean and facilities were ok for a beach town. I would go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

very small beach, very crowded. Good view of boats coming/going from the harbor. If you come midday it will take a long while to even access the place!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

New Buffalo Beach is an approximately 1.5-2hour drive from Chicago metro area. It's a quick getaway from everyday life and away from the extremely busy beaches in Downtown Chicago (not to mention traffic and non-existing parking). I visit this beach frequently during the summer months. Some summers I visited 4 Saturdays in a row. Though I'm from Chicago metro area,... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The beach was overcrowded and there were sea gulls everywhere!! The space between us and the people next to us was too close for comfort. I'm glad we brought our sandals because I wouldn't have been able to walk over rocks! Ouch! The beach in st joseph is 100 times better.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very wide beach adjacent to parking area, $10 and must have correct change. No in and out privileges. Beach itself looked clean but purple flag was up indicating the Health Department had tested and found the water to have excessive E. coli. A park ranger stated that the same circumstance had happened 2 weeks ago. Many hundreds of sea gulls... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The charge for parking for this beach is $10/visit, but we had a season pass from the owners of our rental. The beach was clean & life guards are present during beach patrol hours. The beach has daily water advisories which are helpful. The water is shallow enough for our toddlers to wade out away from the beach to play... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There were lots of sea gulls on the beach. They didn't bother us. If you drive, you have to pay parking at a lot ($10.00) and there is no in and out pass.

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There was a $10 parking fee for the beach. It was clean and there are lifeguards. We took our two grandchildren and they enjoyed it.

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Chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

As other reviewers are saying, this is not a soft-sand beach. I wanted to take my 6 month old into the water slightly, but the rocks were too rough for her little feet. They were too rough for my feet! It is nice that we could walk there (it was walkable from our hotel - the Marina Grand - but... More

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