West Michigan Area
Things to Do

Let's see--we have boating, fishing, swimming, golfing--and what else? There's such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you're in the Ludington area! Tour a historic village or enjoy a thrilling dune ride at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, or visit the popular Ludington State Park. Take the family out for a game of mini-golf, bowling, or catch a concert. You can't leave the area without visiting one of the spectacular lighthouses of the region, and just catching the sunset over Lake Michigan is worth the trip. View the S.S. Badger carferry as it sails into or out of Ludington, or hop on board yourself for the four-hour trip across the big lake. Boredom is never a problem here in Ludington!

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!


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A J's Adventureland Inc
8942 N US Highway 31, Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-5641
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Silver Lake Sand Dunes recreation
Baldwin Canoe Rental
Only 40 minutes from Ludington, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-4669
Explore the Pere Marquette River with West Michigan's largest paddlesports provider. This National Scenic River begins in Baldwin where it has a stronger current, is less populated, and meanders through state and national forest land. Canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, six person rafts and tubes. Open every day 9am-6pm. Last launch 1:30pm. Since 1968.
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Historic White Pine Village
Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre
9812 Honor Hwy., US-31, Honor, MI 49640, (213) 325-3413
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Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm, Inc.
5487 Tuttle Rd., Free Soil, MI 49411, (231) 462-3732
Providing Animal Touch Therapy and Recreation for persons with disabilities. Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm is dedicated to providing animal touch therapy and recreation free of charge to persons with disabilities.
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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Couturier Blueberry Farm
2687 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-5664
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Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center
8343 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-2511
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Waterside Resort Boat Rentals Hamlin Lake
Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool
706 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-5017
The Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool offers daily, monthly, and yearly passes for open swim; as well as lessons for all ages from infants up to adults. Looking for a unique location for your child's next birthday party? Contact the Donald C. Baldwin Community Pool director for more details on birthday parties at the pool!
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Dune Grass Concessions and Watercraft Rentals
Located in the Cedar Camp Store at Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1888
Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, beach supplies/toys, and tubes to float the Sable River. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.
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Farmers Markets & U-Picks
What could be more fun than spending time with your family picking fresh fruit from a local tree, or shopping from a farmers market to support a local farm? Awaken your senses and indulge in local produce, such as corn, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes and green beans. You'll also find honey, jam, eggs, dairy, breads, sweets, and more. Support local farms...buy farm fresh!
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Fast Trax
8424 Hazel Rd., Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-7617
Grace Adventures
2100 N. Ridge Rd., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-3662
Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
Harbor Cinemas
3857 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-9310
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
Families can interact with authentic Mason County artifacts in 30+ buildings on site at Historic White Pine Village. History in Action Days are geared toward school-aged children and are open to the public. Enjoy a treat at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and visit the Gift Shop for a souvenir!
Inspired Parties
Located in Ludington, Serving West Michigan, (231) 510-2528
A traveling paint studio offering a unique night out! Flex your creative muscles while our artist guides you step-by-step in the creation of your very own masterpiece. We offer public events-partnering with local businesses. Or host a private party for family and friends in the venue of your choice.
Jellystone Park
8239 W. Hazel, Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-4502
Johnny's Skate Center
2276 E. US 10, Custer, MI, (231) 757-9411
Jump Around Fun Center
1830 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 852-4909
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Big Ship, More Fun! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent sunsets...discover Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
4180 W. M20, New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-5730
Enjoy a 700 acre farm in New Era, Michigan. Family owned and operated, with home grown produce, fruit orchards, market with gifts and goodies, and a bakery. Enjoy lots of activities for family fun from May through October each year including a petting farm with a wide variety of animals and birds!
Llamas Etc.
5344 N. Beaune Rd., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-1487
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-2787
This historic building is a venue for art exhibitions, performances, writers’ forums and workshops. We also feature our gift shop, which is home to a wide range of art and gifts created by 70 different Michigan-based artists and crafters. We are a proud sponsor of the West Shore Art Fair in July.
Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Newly renovated in 2016, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open noon-9pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.
Ludington Arts & Crafts Fairs
Ludington Nights
Ludington is well known for stellar sunsets and pristine Lake Michigan beaches. But the fun doesn't end when the sun goes down! Check out LudingtonNights.com to discover all there is to do in the evening. From summertime events like Friday Night Live and Movies in the Park, to concerts, live entertainment, and more!
Ludington Skate Plaza
c/o City of Ludington, Stearns Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-3425
Built in 2008, the Ludington Skate Plaza is popular with skateboarders and in-line skaters for its combination of bowls, quarter pipes, and rails. It's located next to the mini golf course at Stearns Park. This information was brought to you courtesy of Gordy's Skate Co. in downtown Ludington.
Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2423
New! The outdoor amphitheater at the state park may be rented for open air weddings in a wooded setting, offering reserved parking and exclusive use of the amphitheater facility. The area leading to the Ludington State Park along M-116 has public beaches, but you may need a permit from the State Park to hold your wedding there. The Lake Michigan Beach House in the State Park is not available for rent. The picnic shelter located by the Hamlin Beach House is available by reservation for a fee, or by first-come, first-served basis. For additional details, call their office.
Major Produce
9476 N. 120th Ave., Hart, MI 49420, (231) 873-5281
Manistee Arts and Crafts Fairs
Manistee Civic Players
(231) 723-7188
Manistee County Historical Museum
425 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-5531
Manistee Ghost Ship- SS City of Milwaukee
111 Arthur Street, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-3587
Manistee National Forest
(800) 821-6263
Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
231 Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 233-3265
Manistee PBX
77 Hancock St., Manistee, MI 49431, (231) 723-2811
Marlins Wildlife Safari
US 10, Custer, MI 49410
Mason County Fairgrounds
W. US-10 , Ludington, MI 49431
Parrot's Landing
8110 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-8400
Enjoy Silver Lake and the sand dunes at Parrot's Landing. Our recreational rentals provide thrills on sand or water. Rent or take a guided tour in a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Ski boats with tow tubes and jet skis are also available for rent by the half day or full day.
Pere Marquette Expeditions, LLC
1649 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7285
Located on the Pere Marquette River! Experience the Marquette Loop in a single kayak, canoe, double kayak, or SUP board. Rental rates on our website. Ask about offsite pick-up and delivery. Huge selection of golf discs and accessories! Get your beer, wine, liquor, live bait, tackle, and camping supplies here! Open daily 6am-11pm.
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Pine River Paddlesports Center
9590 S. Grandview Hwy, Wellston, MI 49689, (231) 862-3471
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
217 S. Lakeshore Dr., (next to the Coast Guard Station), Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-9090
Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.
Rainbow Ranch Inc.
4345 S. 44th Ave., New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-4445
Ramsdell Theatre
101 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-9948
Built in 1903 by local lawyer and philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the historical Ramsdell Theater is home to the Manistee Civic Players' productions and hosts plays, ballet performances, art exhibits, proms, weddings, and other special events.
Sandcastles Children's Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 233-9326
Create...discover...explore. Join us for fun and learning. Featuring 3 floors of interactive exhibits designed to promote hands-on discovery and inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Check website for current hours. Weekly and special programs. Daily admission- $7.00 per person over 1 year old; 2018 annual family memberships are $100.
Silver Lake State Park
9679 W. State Park Rd., (Silver Lake), Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-3083
This 3,000 acre park is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, with Mears being the closest city. Over 2,000 acres of the park are sand dunes and the rest is mature forest land. Within the park you'll find hiking trails, an ORV area, fishing, swimming, boat launch, lighthouse and campground.
The Vogue Theatre
383 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 222-5199
The newly renovated historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee offers a movie experience unlike any other! Relax in our comfortable theater chairs and enjoy a first-run movie, weekly $2 classics or $.25 kids movies! Our ticket and concession prices are family-friendly! Call or check online for our movie schedule.
Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8481
On Lower Hamlin Lake. Everything you need for boating or fishing. Rentals of 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Pontoon boats for pleasure or fishing and tube rental. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses, picnic supplies, ice cream cones. Cottages available.
West Michigan Golf Courses
The beauty of our blue lakes can only be matched by the rolling green landscape of our numerous golf courses. All along the Lake Michigan shoreline you'll find golf courses that challenge you, relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views. This website features details about golf courses from Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties. Fore!
West Shore Community Ice Arena
3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 843-5900




For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.