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About New Buffalo


New Buffalo is your gateway to beautiful beach sunsets, water wonderland fun, small-town shopping, bountiful orchards and vineyards, resort excitement, big city rail access, outdoor enjoyment, and all-around Americana living. New Buffalo is the heart of Harbor County

New Buffalo City Beach: Your Gateway to the Sunset Coast — Starting Lake Michigan's Sunset Coast, the City Beach is a perfect place to sun, swim, and watch one of our famous sunsets. Check out the beach and harbor scene from our observation decks on the beach dunewalk, or enjoy walking the shoreline. The City Beach has a kayak and stand-up paddle board concession. Have a picnic or grill out at Lions Pavilion, next to the beach. You can also try kiting, skim boarding, or surfing!

Skim boarding at the City Beach:

Skim boarding at the City Beach

A beautiful New Buffalo sunset:

A beautiful New Buffalo sunset

A view of the beach and harbormouth from the dunewalk:

City Beach and Harbormouth from Dunewalk

Picnicking and playing volleyball at Lions Pavilion Park:

Lions Pavilion Park

New Buffalo Harbor: Your Gateway to Water Wonderland Fun — New Buffalo Harbor, the harbor of Harbor Country, has a thousand boat slips with thousands of hours of water sports fun: boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Play on the big lake or enjoy one of our water trails. Do it yourself or use an outfitter. The Galien River Great Lakes Marsh is a dream to explore for paddlers and birders alike. The City Transient MarinaCity Boat Launch, and local marine businesses are available to serve you.

A busy Labor Day weekend at New Buffalo Harbor:

New Buffalo Harbor - Labor Day weekend

New Buffalo Harbor from the air:

New Buffalo Harbor from the air

View of the Harbor:

View of Harbor

Kayaking through the Galien River Marsh on the Galien River Water Trail:

Kayaking along the Galien River Water Trail

Downtown New Buffalo: Your Gateway to Small-town Shopping — Downtown New Buffalo offers amazing restaurants, art galleries, antiques, boutique shops, spas, and wine tasting. Wine tasting in downtown New Buffalo is the starting point of the Lake Michigan Shoreline Wine Trail. Saturday nights during the summer feature live music at the corner of Whittaker and Merchant. All of that, and a great view of Lake Michigan!

Downtown New Buffalo with Lake Michigan:

Downtown New Buffalo

Downtown New Buffalo's historic Italianate architecture:

Historic Downtown New Buffalo

New Buffalo: Your Gateway to Resort Excitement — New Buffalo is home to the Four Winds Resort, with wonderful entertainment, restaurants, meeting spaces, and a hotel. They offer free shuttle service from the New Buffalo Amtrak Platform and select area hotels. You can take Amtrak's high-speed rail service from Chicago's Union Station and arrive in downtown New Buffalo in a little over an hour. And with the time change, you can get back just a few minutes after you left! Do you like trains? Check out the New Buffalo Railroad Museum.

New Buffalo Railroad Museum:

New Buffalo Railroad Museum

New Buffalo Amtrak Platform:

New Buffalo Amtrak Platform

New Buffalo: Your Gateway to Festival Fun — Tourists and residents alike enjoy several festivals throughout the year, such as Ship and Shore, Art Attack,  Harvest Fest.   Every Labor Day the Pokagon Band celebrate the huckleberry harvest with the Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow Wow in Dowagiac. It is free and open to everyone. Share the fun.

Ship and Shore Festival – ice cream eating contest win!

Ship and Shore Fest - Ice Cream Contest Win!

Celebrate fall with Harbor Country's Harvest Days and New Buffalo Harvest Fest:

Harvest Fest

New Buffalo Recreation: Your Gateway to Outdoor Enjoyment — New Buffalo offers great golfing, bicycling, and much more. Oselka Park offers wildflower garden walking paths, a beautiful picnic pavilion, playground, ball fields, and a sledding hill. Other City park amenities include Sari Asher Memorial Park's dog park, Turtle Pond's nature trail, and the Skate Park. New Buffalo Township's Memorial Park offers a splash park, live music concerts, wooded walking trails, basketball, and more. New Buffalo Area Schools also offer public use of their tennis courts, track, and indoor facilities when available.

Oselka Park's wildflowers with the playground in the background:

Oselka Park's wildflowers

Grilling and playing games at the Oselka Park Pavilion:

Oselka Park Pavilion

Bicycling on Michigan Street at Barton:

Bicycling on Michigan Street at Barton

New Buffalo Neighborhoods: Your Gateway to Americana Living — New Buffalo residents and second homeowners alike enjoy Americana living in several neighborhoods, each with their own character and charm. Westside, Rose Plat, and Parkside have cozy cottages with natural gardens and ravines. Sunset Shores and Warwick Shores offer beachside living. Harbor and Riverside homes are on the water. Downtown, West Village and East Village homes are close to the action. And Roundhouse, Jefferson Woods, and Washington Woods enjoy wooded surroundings. By the way, New Buffalo Area Schools are outstanding. Go Bison! Thanks to the generosity of the Pokagon Band through the Pokagon Fund, New Buffalo graduates receive scholarships. The Middle/ High School also offers the Performing Arts Center. St. Mary of the Lake School provides parochial education. 

New Buffalo Middle/ High School:

New Buffalo Middle/ High School

New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan

New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan