Things To Do

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Ludington is a harbor town located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Many people come to Ludington year round for recreation, including boating and swimming on Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and other smaller inland lakes, as well as hunting, fishing, and camping. Nearby are Ludington State Park (which includes the Big Sable Point Light), Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Manistee National Forest. Ludington is also the home port of the SS Badger, a vehicle and passenger ferry with daily service in the summer across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Watching the Badger come into port in the evening from the end of the north break wall by the Ludington lighthouse is a favorite local pastime.

Don’t go home without taking time to capture a photo of our amazing sunsets. You must also check out our unique shops and dine at one of our delicious restaurants

We suggest you bring a camera while staying with us in Ludington, MI. Eleven murals, courtesy of the Ludington Mural Society, are scattered around downtown and tell the history of the town. Spend a day photographing these murals, each of which has a hidden object. Also, in our area there are beautiful lighthouses and don’t forget to take pictures of the breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan or our many beautiful scenic areas while horseback riding along the beach or through wilderness trails.

S.S. Badger


 

Welcome aboard the S.S. Badger! Get ready to experience all of the glory of the golden age of travel. Cruise across majestic Lake Michigan on a unique, last-of-its-kind ship that gives you an unrivaled freedom of choice. Passengers enjoy free entertainment, shopping, good food and relaxing lake breezes. with a capacity of 6000 passengers and 180 vehicles, the S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry every to sail Lake Michigan.

Travel back in time while sailing into the future with us and be a part of “A Legacy on the Lake.”

 

Located at 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: (800) 841-4243

 

Sandcastles Children’s Museum

Sandcastles Children’s Museum encourages and inspires children and families to explore their world – offering hands-on discovery while stimulating creativity, curiosity and the love for learning!

Located at 129 E. Ludington Avenue, Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: (231) 233-9326

 

 

Ludington State Park

Scenic and beautiful, Ludington’s state park is one of the nicest in the nation and offers a variety of activities. Known as the “Queen of State Parks”, the Ludington State Park boasts miles of scenic walking trails, bike paths, beaches, sand dunes and more. You’ll also find picnic and camping access, boat and bike rentals, and much more. It’s a great place to spend the day with the family.


Located at 8800 W. M-116
,
Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: 231-843-9261

 

Historic White Pine Village



Historic White Pine Village offers a living-history, family-friendly, fun-filled tour of a late 19th – early 20th century pioneer village. The Village boasts 30 historic exhibit buildings, including the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse (on the State Register of Historic Places) and an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, tender car, and flat car loaded with logs and headed toward the Village’s working sawmill. Visitors come face-to-face with early settlers: first-person interpreters with scripts carefully prepared by staff and historians, they interact and improvise with visitors in the persona of historical characters and recreate actual personages from Mason County. The buildings contain thousands of authentic artifacts and archives depicting the rich lumbering and agricultural history of its area. Thousands of area school children, families, individual visitors, and residents tour the Village annually. Historic White Pine Village is open early May through October and takes around 2 hours to tour through.


Located at 1687 S Lakeshore Dr,

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: (231) 843-4808

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

 

The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum brings history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and engaging interactive exhibits, that entertain, enlighten, and inspire a deeper appreciation for the region’s maritime history. Located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, now listed on the National Michigan’s wild shoreline, Ludington’s iconic North Pier Light, and the historic Badger Carferry, extending the maritime experience beyond its’ doors in this vacation wonderland. The museum is operated by the Mason County Historical Society, which also operates the nearby Historic White Pine Village.


Located at 217 Lakeshore Dr,

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: (231) 843-4808

 

Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Carve out a day of your vacation by visiting all three major lighthouses, including Little Point Sable, 20 minutes south of Ludington. Located in the Silver Lake State Park, this brick structure was built in 1874 and was automated in 1954. Little Sable Point means “little point of sand,” representing its location as it juts out into Lake Michigan. You can also tour this lighthouse Wednesday through Sunday during the summer.

 

 

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

 

In 1867, the Big Sable Point Lighthouse was the first to be built in the area. It was run by a keeper until 1968 when the light was automated. You can make the 3.5 mile round trip walk out to the lighthouse across the beach at the Ludington State Park. Once you reach the lighthouse, step inside and climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower. Be sure to buy yourself a souvenir in the gift shop that was once the keeper’s living quarters.

 

 

North Breakwater Lighthouse

The North Breakwater Lighthouse is located at Stearns beach in beautiful downtown Ludington. Most likely you’ve seen it, as it is the most photographed lighthouse and best represents Ludington. It was built in 1924, was recently restored, and is now open for weekend tours. It’s brilliant light flashed to warn boaters of the narrow channel, and shines up to 20 miles across the water

 

 

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Outdoor Activities

Nestled along the waters of Lake Michigan lies the undiscovered coastline of Western Michigan. Here in Ludington you’ll discover beautiful freshwater beaches of golden sand and sun. Ludington State Park, one of the finest in the Midwest, invites visitors into its abundant, natural habitat.

 


Local Golf Courses

You’re never far from one of the beautiful golf courses in the area. Play 9 or 18 holes through scenic woods and enjoy the wonderful views of Lake Michigan. Most courses offer driving ranges, putting greens and pro shops. For those who have taken up disc golf, Ludington offers five disc golf courses, at Mason County Park near the Pumped Storage Project, and Leviathan, off Jebavy
Drive, just north of Johnson Road. Miniature golf courses can be found at
Stearns Park Beach, sponsored by the Ludington Area Jaycees. Whatever golf activity you choose, the Ludington area courses offer great recreational opportunities while you’re vacationing in West Michigan.

Hemlock Golf Club, (231)845-1300

Lakeside Links, (231) 843-3660

Colonial Golf Course, (231) 873-8333

 

Driftwood, (231) 869-5012

Fox Hills Golf Course, (734) 453-7272

Grand View Golf Course, (231) 861-6616

 

Manistee National, (231) 738-8874

Oceana Golf Club, (231) 861-4211

Thoroughbred Golf Club, (231) 894-3939

 

Lake Michigan Charter Fishing

Ludington is the #1 salmon port on Lake Michigan, with trout, steelhead and walleye also in abundance. Over 65 charter captains operate fishing vessels and offer half and all day charters for up to six people. They take care of the equipment – all you need is a license, big cooler, food and drinks and you’re ready to experience the excitement of fishing on the Great Lakes. Some suggested contacts include:

Charterboard Association, (800) 927-3470

A Reel Rascal II , (231) 843-4100

Camel Charters, (888) 992-4179

 

Lie-A-Lot Charters, (800 840-1978

Ludington Charter Service, (877)272-0866

Therapy Too Charters, (800) 845-6095

 

Amber Elk Ranch

One of the newer attractions to the Ludington area is the Amber Elk Ranch, 130 acres of pastures just 4 miles from the hotel. The ranch offers wagon tours that will take you up close and personal with the mighty Elk. They also have pygmy goats and a unique gift shop. Take a break from the beach and bring the entire family to Amber Elk Ranch, a highlight to your vacation.


Located at 2688 W. Conrad Road,Ludington, Michigan 49431

Phone: (213) 843-5355.

Mac Woods Dune Rides

For more than 85 years, Mac Woods has been pleasing people with their well trained, friendly, and informative staff. Their fun-filled tour lasts about 40 minutes and covers seven miles of the Silver Lake sand dunes. You will ride in a
bus style jeep that will take you for a ride you will never forget. It’s a safe and exciting activity that will complete your vacation to West Michigan.

Located at 629 N. 18th Ave., Mears, MI 49436.

Phone: (231) 873-2817

Country Dairy

Come tour our 4th Generation Dairy Farm to learn how milk goes
from cow to bottle. Meet our herd of cows and marvel at our milking
robots. Refuel in our restaurant – Home to the “Bottomless Cup of
Chocolate Milk”, and savor our premium farmstead ice cream.

 

Located at 3476 S 80th Ave., New Era, MI 49446

Phone: (231)861-4636

Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

A full day of fun awaits at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo where we grow Fruit, Fun, & Memories on West Michigan’s lakeshore! SHOP the market bursting with flavors of farm fresh produce, bakery goodies, and homemade fudge.
EXPLORE over 46+ farm fun activities. Take a ride on the barrel train, race rubber ducks, and play in 2,000 bushel of corn at the Corny Barn. MEET more than 75+ unique animals in one of the largest, cleanest petting zoos in the area. From barnyard favorites like ponies, and goats – to exotics like camels and lemurs, we have it all!

Open 7 days a week May – October. See more at VisitLewisFarms.com

Located at 4180 West M-20, New Era, mi 49446

Phone: (231) 861-5730


Horseback Riding

Several riding stables are in the area, so if you would like to see our beautiful country side while on horseback, you’ll find just the adventure you hope for. Area riding stables offer lessons, and guided trail rides for all skill levels. Some stables also offer birthday party services and special group outings.