Saugatuck Chain Ferry
Saugatuck Chain Ferry Review
Originally used to transport horses across the Kalamazoo River, this fringy little ferry is now a top tourist attraction. Built in 1857, it's the only hand-cranked chain ferry left in the country. It takes about 200 cranks and about five minutes for the U.S. Coast Guard-inspected vessel to float the 100 yards across the river.
- Address: Water St. and Mary St., Saugatuck, 49453
- Phone: 269/857-4261
- Cost: $1; children under 2 free
- Hours: Open Memorial Day-mid-June Fri. 12-9, Sat. 9-9, Sun. 9-6; mid-June-Labor Day daily 9-9 (closes earlier in August depending on sunset)
- Location: Saugatuck, Michigan
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
Why: After being housebound by what seemed to be a never-ending winter (enough already!), it was time to bundle Read more
In December 2013/January 2014 my wife and I did a three week trip to the USA, with the aim of experiencing a proper North American winter. Read more
We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.
We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.
Any add-ons in the area?
Thanks. Read more
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