Coldwater, Michigan


Coldwater is a city that serves as the seat of Branch County in the state of Michigan. Though it is an independent city, it sits in the center of the Township of Coldwater in the south-central region of the state. The Coldwater River flows into the southern part of the city from the Coldwater Lake. The city is located halfway between two major cities along the Old Sauk Trail: Detroit and Chicago. Coldwater is easily accessible through Interstate 69, the US 12 Heritage Route (formerly Old Sauk Trail) and the I-69 Business Loop which runs through its downtown area. Though it is a modern town in most respects, Coldwater has retained its old small-town charm, making it an interesting stopover for travelers headed to other cities in this part of the country.

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When to Visit

Summer is the most popular time to visit Coldwater and the entire south central region of Michigan. This is when the visitors get to enjoy the best of animation and entertainment that the area has to offer. Late spring and early fall are also excellent times to visit the city. Fall especially brings about very pleasant weather best suited for exploring the area. Michigan winters can be harsh and is best avoided. The state is best known for its festivals and it is also a good idea to plan your visit around these events. The Coldwater Car Show is a well-known annual event that’s held during Mother’s Day weekend in the Branch County Fairgrounds. The car show features more than 1,600 cars on display, entertainment and food stalls. Other must-see events in the area include the Strawberry Festival in June, Polish Festival in July and the Magic Festival in August.

Best Hotel Accommodations

Coldwater offers different types of accommodations to fit every travel style and budget. Campgrounds, timeshares, bed and breakfasts and hotels are available for visitors all year round. For those who require the comforts of modern living, there are several hotels in the area. The Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn and Holiday Inn Express are great choices for both business and pleasure. All three establishments offer complimentary breakfasts, high-speed Internet and top-notch facilities. Book your Coldwater Hotels with

Tourist Attractions

There are plenty of attractions to see and enjoy in Coldwater. The Tibbits Opera House, the second oldest in the state, is a well-visited stage that showcases outstanding performances of its Professional Summer Theater. The Heritage Park is a beautiful showcase park that features open spaces, recreational sports areas, walking trails and a swimming pool. The park is a great venue for family gatherings, picnics and even for simple idle walks. The Sauk Trail Trading Post is also a must-visit. Considered as America’s largest Minnetonka Moccasin store, this is a great place to buy something of Coldwater that you can take home.

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Things to Do

Visitors in Coldwater can choose from a number of activities to enjoy. The city is close to the chain of lakes that you can travel by kayak, canoe, pontoon or speedboat. You may charter a boat and travel the chain from tip to tip while stopping every once in a while to fish. There are also miles of biking and hiking trails that will take you through Coldwater’s historic downtown, the Amish country and the area lakes. Swimming is also possible at the Olympic –grade Heritage Park Pool. Those who want to play a round of golf can enjoy the greens at any of the area courses all within 30 minutes of each other.