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!
Amber Elk Ranch
2688 W. Conrad Road, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-5355
Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close...a unique memory your family won't forget! Browse our gift shop, the Antler Shed. Don't miss the Saturday BBQ, also try our Premium Elk Meat and jerky!
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!
400 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6291
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.
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!
8424 Hazel Rd., Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-7617
2100 N. Ridge Rd., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-3662
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!
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.
8239 W. Hazel, Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-4502
Jump Around Fun Center
1830 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 852-4909
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.
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
LACA is the center of the area's art scene, offering monthly exhibits, classes/workshops and live music. The art center is also home to a number of creative groups. LACA's gift shop features creative items from an array of local and Michigan artists. LACA hosts the West Shore Art Fair annually in July.
Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Renovated in 2017, 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 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.
9476 N. 120th Ave., Hart, MI 49420, (231) 873-5281
Manistee Arts and Crafts Fairs
Manistee Civic Players
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
Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
231 Parkdale Ave., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 233-3265
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
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) 843-4808
Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the 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.
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.
S.S. Badger 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. Group, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
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.
Stony Lake Stables
4345 S. 44th Ave., New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-4445
Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2090
Family-friendly fun on Lower Hamlin Lake! Rent a pontoon boat for pleasure or fishing. Also 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses,and picnic supplies. Also cottages for rent on the lake! For lodging, call (231) 843-8481.
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
-- 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!
-- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
-- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
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