Things to Do
All aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry, which crosses Lake Michigan from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin from May through October. Now a National Landmark, the 410' SS Badger is the largest cross lake passenger service on the Great Lakes. The four hour, 60 mile cruise takes passengers and their vehicles across the lake in comfort. While aboard the Badger, enjoy movies, Badger bingo, or visit the maritime historical displays and Badger Boutique.
Located at 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: (800) 841-4243
Sandcastles Children's Museum
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
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
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.
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.
Exploring the Manistee National Forest
Fishing in the many lakes and streams in the Ludington area.
Jet skiing by hour or by day at the Wave Club in Silver Lake
Hiking along the beautiful wooded trails of the Ludington State Park
Biking along the Michigan Shoreline.
Snowmobiling on the endless miles of groomed Northern Michigan trails.
Canoeing down the
Pere Marquette River
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
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
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.