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
The Caswell Horse Park at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Ludington is a busy place from May-October, with many horse shows.
Autumn is a great time in West Michigan, with fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween parties and ghost ships.
Everyone enjoys a good play or concert, and Ludington blessed with talented actors and musicians that entertain us all year 'round.
The popular tourist town of Ludington, Michigan will celebrate its 150th birthday (sesquicentennial) in 2023. Many events will be included.
Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate Octoberfest!
Ludington hosts many events and activities that are geared toward kids and families, that's part of what makes the area so great!
Activities & Attractions
Step back in the past and learn about Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.
Ludington is alive with an array of artistic events that take place throughout the year. There's music, photography, art galleries, and more.
A children's flotilla that's a miniature replica of the historic S.S. Badger carferry. Children get to ride in one of many "cars".
Ludington's natural resources, charter captains, and outfitters provide great salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and the Pere Marquette River.
In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library's Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.
Find all of your favorite drinks, snacks, and foods right next to the beach at Sunset Side Concessions at Stearns Park Beach!
Ludington is home to several different museums for people of all ages! Highlighting our area's careers, businesses, history, and culture!
Enjoy an afternoon drive around the Ludington area in October and fill your senses with the vibrant colors of fall.
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!
West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.
There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
The Mason County Sculpture Trail was launched in 2012 and includes nine sculptures in Ludington, Scottville, and Fountain.
If there's one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it's excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.
Cast your line into Upper Hamlin Lake or enjoy a picnic, the playground, or watch Hamlin Lake's Independence Fireworks at Wilson Hill Park.
Ludington visitors flock to the area to view our two majestic lighthouses, the North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
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.
No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.
Hamlin Lake is where you want to be. It offers terrific summer recreation, including swimming, boating, tubing, and more!
With some of the best fishing and boating around, Hamlin Lake brings much delight as well as some of the most beautiful, scenic backdrops.
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is the gathering place for community expression through arts and cultural experiences.
The fun doesn't end when the sun goes down here in Ludington! Nightlife here includes festivals, cozy restaurants, and local performances.
Check out our picks for the top 50 coolest things to do in Ludington, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Both beginners and experienced cyclists will enjoy the variety of trails available to explore in Ludington!
The aerial view of Big Sable Point features Hamlin Lake, Ludington State Park, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan.
Children can create, explore, and discover by playing with the numerous variety of exhibits of Sandcastles Children's Museum.
Enjoy this small, relaxing park as an easy place to place your boat in the water or throw a line out to catch some pan fish for dinner.
Farm Markets & U-Pick farms offer locally grown and organic produce, flowers, plants, seeds, and more in West Michigan.
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.
Ludington home & garden businesses can help beautify your indoor and outdoor spaces. Consult with one to create your dream home today!
The wide variety of resorts, vacation rentals, and cottages in Ludington are furnished and have full kitchens. Find your place to stay here.
You'll find personal, friendly, and cozy accommodations at a Ludington Bed & Breakfast, many of which are located within Victorian homes.
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.
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 friendly merchants welcome you to Ludington and invite you to shop until you drop! The variety of stores is not to be missed.
Enjoy nature's beauty by sleeping under the stars at clean campgrounds, forests, or parks in the Ludington area.
There are a huge variety of things to do that will keep you entertained while you're in the Ludington area!
There are many cleaning services in the Ludington area to help you with the upkeep of your home or rental property.
Taxis, cabs and shuttle services are a great way to get all your running and errands done without having to drive!
Most restaurants and dining establishments in Ludington are found on the US-10 corridor or in the downtown area.
Ludington area hotels and motels are some of the top lodging choices. Find your best accommodations with these places to stay.
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.
Stop into a Ludington party or convenience to store to get your beverages, ice, snacks, lotto tickets, gas, and more.
When traveling away from home, you want to know where to find the necessities, and the Ludington area offers all the services you need!
Stay at a top-rated hotel in Ludington. Hotel brands include Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Lakewinds, and Comfort Inn.
Hankwitz Heating & Cooling has been providing the Ludington area with heating and cooling services since 1975.
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.
Publishing both in print and online, Advantage Marketing serves visitors, people looking to relocate, and those who already live here!
MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.
Campfire wood bundles may be purchased at self-serve locations. Bulk delivery available to campgrounds or properties in the Ludington area.
The Law Office of J. Cleaver PLLC specializes in estate planning and administration, small businesses, and law firm document production.
The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It's a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.
The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!
Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.
Anywhere you'd like to go, Elite Transport LLC will get you there comfortably and safely! Book your ride with Bob today!
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.
Dune Side Auto Glass offers fast windshield replacement or chip repair with free estimates and direct insurance billing.
Enjoy your next vacation or getaway at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.
Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close.
Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!
Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.
Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.
Just north of Ludington, Michigan you'll find Lakeview Campsite, set among shade trees and overlooking Upper Hamlin Lake.
Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.
Specializing in videography and photography, Moko Media provides a professional product that captivates an audience.
Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.
Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.
Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.
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!