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Ludington, Michigan 231.845.7004

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Ludington, Michigan    231.845.7004

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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 breakwall by the Ludington lighthouse is a favorite local pastime. 

Don't Go Home Without:
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 


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

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. For more information on the Lake Michigan Carferry call their toll free number; (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!  Phone Number: (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.








Historic White Pine Village

Discover a beautifully restored "community". Set upon 23 acres overlooking Lake Michigan. You can experience first hand how life was in this area during the late 1800's and early 1900's. This is the site of the Mason County's original county seat, Historic White Pine Village is a look into the lumbering era that was a major influence in Ludington's early days. 


 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.









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.


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.  Phone: (213) 843-5355. 













Mac Woods Dune Rides

For more than 70 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








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.