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There’s such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you’re in the Ludington area! Tour a historic village, play a round of mini golf, or visit one of our many beaches or parks. Even when it’s raining, you’ll find fun, indoor activities that are pleasing to the whole family. 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!

Not only does Ludington offer great attractions, but there are events planned all year long. Check out the Festivals & Events page for monthly event calendars.

Ludington State Park

Ludington has so much to offer its residents and visitors, but our most popular draw is the 5,300 acres that lie just north of town, known as the Ludington State Park. 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. The state park is a vacation within itself, with special programs offered in the summer.

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Beaches & Parks

What could be more enjoyable than a day at the beach? It’s so relaxing to lie on the soft, warm sand with the golden sun overhead. And with over a dozen parks in the area, you’ve got the perfect place to picnic, let the kids play, and appreciate the fantastic views that we’re so blessed to have.

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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.

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Fishing

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.

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    Night Life

    The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down here in Ludington! Nightlife here includes festivals, cozy restaurants, and local performances.

    Charter Boat Fishing

    No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.

    Bicycle Trails

    Both beginners and experienced cyclists will enjoy the variety of trails available to explore in Ludington!

    Festivals & Events

    There are activities going on in the Ludington area to keep everyone happy all year long. Longstanding events make Ludington special.

    Fishing

    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.

    Ludington Has Two Lighthouses!

    Ludington visitors flock to the area to view our two majestic lighthouses, the North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

    Sunset Times

    It rises and sets every single day, and nothing is more breathtaking than our spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.

    Mason County District Libraries

    In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library’s Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.

    Trails and Tours

    Discover all of the different trails and tours that Ludington has to offer! Discover a water path, hiking trail, or an art work stop!

    Bookstores & Coffee Shops

    Just blocks from the beach is the heart of downtown Ludington, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy summertime events.