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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.

    Contact Information

  • 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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    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?

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