Visit Ludington in West Michigan!
Ludington's scenic location includes beautiful Lake Michigan beaches and the most glorious sunsets.
Find your next adventure here!
Things to Do
From vacations to staycations — Ludington has all you want in a fun adventure. Discover our top attractions and activities.
Calendar of Events
After a busy day at the beach or at work, it’s time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music.
Ludington hosts many events and activities that are geared toward kids and families, that's part of what makes the area so great!
The popular tourist town of Ludington, Michigan will celebrate its 150th birthday (sesquicentennial) in 2023. Many events will be included.
Autumn is a great time in West Michigan, with fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween parties and ghost ships.
The 2021 Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Program will be held on Sunday, September 19th at 6:30pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate Octoberfest!
The Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Ludington is a busy place from May-October, with many horse shows.
Ludington is a popular location for various races and runs... including the Lakestride Half Marathon and the Lighthouse Triathlon.
Activities & Attractions
Find all of your favorite drinks, snacks, and foods right next to the beach at Sunset Side Concessions at Stearns Park Beach!
The Ludington Skate Plaza is a popular spot for kids with skateboards or in-line skates, and also draws spectators to Stearns Park.
Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.
Disc golf is a big deal here in the Ludington area, with up to 20,000 people per year visiting one of our six courses.
West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.
With some of the best fishing and boating around, Hamlin Lake brings much delight as well as some of the most beautiful, scenic backdrops.
Your pet should feel right at home in Ludington. There are many businesses that allow pets and parks and beaches for them to play on.
Ludington's natural resources, charter captains, and outfitters provide great salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and the Pere Marquette River.
The three accessible walkways installed at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington allow everyone to make their way to the water and sand.
Take a paddle down the Hamlin Lake Canoe Trail. Venture out on the trip yourself, or join a guided trip lead by Dune Grass Concessions.
Just blocks from the beach is the heart of downtown Ludington, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy summertime events.
Ludington is alive with an array of artistic events that take place throughout the year. There's music, photography, art galleries, and more.
It rises and sets every single day, and nothing is more breathtaking than our spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant and Lakewinds Energy Park are the two main sources of energy that power Ludington! Check them out!
The fun doesn't end when the sun goes down here in Ludington! Nightlife here includes festivals, cozy restaurants, and local performances.
Small destinations within themselves, visitors of Hamlin Lake will go on an adventure to find their perfect dune.
Step back in the past and learn about Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.
Ludington's North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!
Cast your line into Upper Hamlin Lake or enjoy a picnic, the playground, or watch Hamlin Lake's Independence Fireworks at Wilson Hill Park.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is the gathering place for community expression through arts and cultural experiences.
Children can create, explore, and discover by playing with the numerous variety of exhibits of Sandcastles Children's Museum.
Putt putt for a purpose by visiting the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course in Stearns Park, right on Lake Michigan.
If there's one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it's excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.
The aerial view of Big Sable Point features Hamlin Lake, Ludington State Park, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan.
Hamlin Lake is where you want to be. It offers terrific summer recreation, including swimming, boating, tubing, and more!
The black-and-white striped, 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The bronzed sculptures in Ludington's 5-acre Waterfront Park sets it apart from other parks. The park is situated on the Lake Michigan inlet.
Both beginners and experienced cyclists will enjoy the variety of trails available to explore in Ludington!
Ludington State Park
Experience why Ludington State Park is considered the "Queen" of state parks!
Midwest Living Magazine voted the Ludington State Park the #1 state park in the Midwest, with seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Enjoy camping, boating, fishing, swimming or hike on one of eight marked trails that wind through the park and bring you face to face with nature’s beauty.
Two highlights of the Ludington State Park are the Hamlin Lake Dam and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. While you’re at the Lake Michigan Beach be sure to visit the Beach House for concessions and a great view or head over to Hamlin Beach and rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or paddle boat for hours of fun.
Lake Michigan Car Ferry
Ludington is HOME PORT for a Lake Michigan cruise ship--the S.S. Badger Carferry!
Ludington is the home port of the largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes. The S.S. Badger carferry makes its voyage from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin mid-May to mid-October.
This 410′ ship carries up to 620 passengers and 180 vehicles. Onboard you can play Badger Bingo, watch a movie, shop, or enjoy a meal in one of their two restaurants. Kid’s activities include a video arcade, coloring contests, and playroom. The best part of the journey is sitting on deck and enjoying the view–including spectacular sunsets. The S.S. Badger is on the National Register of Historic Places. Read about the best places to watch the carferry sail and helpful hints when arriving by the carferry.
Miles of Beaches!
There are so many Ludington beaches to discover! You’ll find miles of clean, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, just minutes from wherever you are in the area.
Whether you enjoy swimming, skiing, tubing, boating, or fishing– Ludington’s beaches and lakes provide hours of relaxing enjoyment and exhilarating adventure.
Ludington is a harbor town rich with MARITIME history, and two lighthouses!
That’s right! Two Ludington lighthouses to discover! These beautiful and historic structures are an integral part of our community.
In addition to the two lighthouses in Ludington, if you venture 30 miles north or south you’ll find Manistee’s North Pierhead Lighthouse and Little Sable Point Lighthouse in the Silver Lake State Park. Most lighthouses are open for tours in the summertime, offering a glimpse into Great Lakes maritime history.
Find a Business
Small businesses are at the heart of Ludington. Select a business category or one of our "Featured Businesses" to find the experience, product, or service to make your visit complete.
The friendly merchants welcome you to Ludington and invite you to shop until you drop! The variety of stores is not to be missed.
Ludington area hotels and motels are some of the top lodging choices. Find your best accommodations with these places to stay.
There's no need to take a vacation from your health, beauty routine, or fitness while you're enjoying yourself here in the Ludington area.
Most restaurants and dining establishments in Ludington are found on the US-10 corridor or in the downtown area.
You'll find personal, friendly, and cozy accommodations at a Ludington Bed & Breakfast, many of which are located within Victorian homes.
The wide variety of resorts, vacation rentals, and cottages in Ludington are furnished and have full kitchens. Find your place to stay here.
There are many cleaning services in the Ludington area to help you with the upkeep of your home or rental property.
Find all the groceries you need for the perfect picnic or party in Ludington. You'll find fresh deli items, meats, ice cream, and more.
The Ludington area is a paradise for those who love boating and fishing. Numerous marinas rent a variety of boats and offer modern facilities.
From beautiful venues, indoors and outside, to talented vendors, Ludington is a great location for your wedding or celebration.
Ludington's lodging facilities provide all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable and keep you coming back.
When traveling away from home, you want to know where to find the necessities, and the Ludington area offers all the services you need!
Stop into a Ludington party or convenience to store to get your beverages, ice, snacks, lotto tickets, gas, and more.
Ludington home & garden businesses can help beautify your indoor and outdoor spaces. Consult with one to create your dream home today!
There are a huge variety of things to do that will keep you entertained while you're in the Ludington area!
Enjoy nature's beauty by sleeping under the stars at clean campgrounds, forests, or parks in the Ludington area.
Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.
MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.
Set in the heart of downtown Ludington is the Todd & Brad Reed Photo Gallery, and it's a must-see for anyone who appreciates true beauty.
Anywhere you'd like to go, Elite Transport LLC will get you there comfortably and safely! Book your ride with Bob today!
The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It's a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.
Dune Side Auto Glass offers fast windshield replacement or chip repair with free estimates and direct insurance billing.
Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.
Stay at a top-rated hotel in Ludington. Hotel brands include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Lakewinds, and Comfort Inn.
Just north of Ludington, Michigan you'll find Lakeview Campsite, set among shade trees and overlooking Upper Hamlin Lake.
Enjoy your next vacation or getaway at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.
Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.
Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.
Campfire wood bundles may be purchased at self-serve locations. Bulk delivery available to campgrounds or properties in the Ludington area.
Publishing both in print and online, Advantage Marketing serves visitors, people looking to relocate, and those who already live here!
Beer cave stocked with craft & domestic beer, a variety of liquor, and over 300 different kinds of wine. Plus tobacco, groceries, ice, etc.
Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.
Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close.
Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.
Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!
The Law Office of J. Cleaver PLLC specializes in estate planning and administration, small businesses, and law firm document production.
Hankwitz Heating & Cooling has been providing the Ludington area with heating and cooling services since 1975.
Specializing in videography and photography, Moko Media provides a professional product that captivates an audience.
The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!
Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.
Dusty's Auto Body & Detail has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on all types of vehicles and RVs.
FISHING Ludington lakes and rivers is a great catch!
Anglers from all over know that Ludington is the #1 salmon port on Lake Michigan.
Numerous Ludington charter captains have years of experience on the big lake and are eager to take you on a fishing excursion.
Check out our current and archived Fishing Reports for Lake Michigan charter fishing. Ludington area inland lakes are wonderful for fishing as well. Hamlin Lake is full of northern pike, bass, perch, and bluegill- or ice fish in the winter for panfish and walleye.
There’s also great fishing in nearby Pere Marquette Lake and the Pere Marquette River.
Weddings & Celebrations
With Ludington as the back drop, your dream will come true.
The Ludington lakeshore is the perfect setting for your wedding celebration or any other special occasion. We can help you prepare for the big day by connecting you with the best service providers around.
Whether your hometown is here in Ludington, or you’re looking to host a destination event at one of the beautiful venues here, you’ve arrived at the best site to begin preparing for your big day!
Check out our local businesses that specialize in everything you need for your wedding or party!