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“Nice clean beach”

Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in New Buffalo
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Kokomo, Indiana
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice clean beach”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I planned a spur of the moment trip to the Michigan City, IN area, with the intention of visiting the IN Dunes national lakeshore park. Unfortunately, there was a tragic accident on one of the dunes involving a child, so the park was temporarily closed. In addition to that, Washington Park beach was packed with people visiting for Michigan City's Summerfest. Needless to say, visiting the beaches in Michigan City didn't work out too well, so we drove up the coast. We stopped in every little beach community along the way and all the beaches were private, with no parking. We ended up at the New Buffalo, MI public beach and I'm glad we did. It is a nice smallish (but adequate) beach with clean sand. It was busy, but not so packed that you couldn't lay down a towel and umbrella. There were dunes for climbing and a rock jetty to explore, as well as paddleboats and kayaks that could be rented. The beach had a snack bar and restrooms (though they were VERY busy and small - only 4 stalls for the women). The sand was warm and soft and great to relax on. The water was cold (as always with Lake Michigan), but was tolerable to swim in after you adjust. It's a nice beach to go to for a visit and I will definitely visit it again.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Beach”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Super clean, well protected! Really enjoyed it! For a "lake" beach was thrilled..truly felt like i was on the ocean!

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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177 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Beautiful summer spot”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

If visiting New Buffalo, this is a must-stop-and-see. Watch the boats come in and out of the harbor. Mellow into the waves and smile at the lighthouse. free to park after 8pm so come for the sunset!

Visited July 2013
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Canton, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Poor parking limited parking spaces. Have to park in town and then walk to public beach over bridge”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Again beach patrol excellant. Friend had episode on beach and did transport him from beach to car. Too many people at beach.

Visited July 2013
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Elkhart, Indiana
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice, clean beach”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We didn't swim, the water was too cold, but the beach itself was nice and trash free. From what we could see, the sand bar stretched a good way into the lake providing plently of shallow water wading and playing in the surf.

There's a nice board walk that leads to observation platforms further up the dune that provides nice views of the lake and beachfront area.

Visited July 2013
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