St. Clair is serenity found. Its location is just 40 miles north of Detroit and only a few miles south of Port Huron, resting on the banks of the forever blue St. Clair River.

This historic little city of tree-lined streets offers unique shops, cafés, pubs and specialty restaurants. The center piece of downtown St. Clair is Palmer Park; the community’s defining public space with the longest fresh water boardwalk in the world! The park along with Rotary Park and the boat harbor are now equipped with free wireless internet.

St. Clair hosts the spectacular St. Clair Art Fair, boasts a historical museum and provides a modern boat harbor. It is the home of summer concerts on the boardwalk and thundering offshore powerboat racing.A journey to the beautiful Blue Water Area truly is not complete without a few days spent enjoying St. Clair – whether you choose to spend your time on a golf course, a planned fishing expedition, strolling on the boardwalk or lounging in Palmer Park while watching the freighter traffic just a few feet off shore. Maybe a walking tour of the city’s neighborhoods with their vintage homes and historic churches will provide the relaxation you’re seeking. You can do it all or do nothing at all.

Check out a video of St. Clair’s walking tour and the QR codes & Smart Phones apps they have implemented to enhance the experience here.

Highlights of a trip to St. Clair include:

  • A walking tour of commissioned sculptures and colorful gardens
  • Experience the newly renovated Riverview Plaza Courtyard
  • Rent a canoe or kayak at the St. Clair Boat Harbor
  • Docking on the Pine River at one of two full service marinas: the St. Clair Boat Harbor or the River’s Bend Marina
  • Skateboard and bike at the streetscape park

Annual festivals and special events include:

  • Annual Juried St. Clair Art Fair
  • River Classic Car Show
  • Riverfest/Offshore Powerboat Races
  • Chalk the Walk and Whistles on the Water

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Exploring by land trail or waterway is a great way to discover Michigan’s thumb region! There are hundreds of hiking trails and water ways to travel along and the Discover the Blue shoreline communities are taking part in a regional initiative to make these more user –friendly. Through the Trail Towns initiative, communities are working together to support and provide physical amenities such as accessible kayak launches, informative signage, maps and restrooms for bicyclists and paddlers. In addition, local businesses are supporting these recreational amenities by providing pertinent goods and services such as kayak and bike rentals, gear and discounts on overnight accommodations and restaurants.

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