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.
Sandcastles Children's Museum
Sandcastles Children’s Musuem Courtesy Photo
Children can Create, Discover, & Explore at Sandcastles
Current hours are Monday/Friday from 9:30am-1pm, Saturday from 9:30am-3pm, and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.
2021 Updates include a new Water Safety Exhibit and a new Bearded Dragon! And to ensure the safety of guests, they have installed a new ventilation system, sanitizing stations, and have constant cleaning protocols in place.
History of Sandcastles
Sandcastles Children’s Museum has been in operation since 2006, and first began as a “summer sampler museum.” Visitation to the Museum has grown from 1,500 its first year to more than 20,000 annually since 2011. They first occupied a small building on South James Street, then moved to a larger facility four times bigger on West Ludington Avenue.
Now they have found a permanent home in the former Elks Lodge, at the corner of North Harrison and Ludington Avenue and now have four levels of exhibits. Through donations and many volunteers, the building has been renovated to transform it into a kid-friendly and sought after destination.
- Summer hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.
- Fall/Winter/Spring Hours begin after Labor Day and are Fridays from 9:30am-1pm, Saturdays from 9:30am-3pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.
Have your child’s next birthday party at Sandcastles Children’s Museum!
Note: If you purchased a 2020 membership, Sandcastles will honor that membership in 2021. They do ask that if members are in a position to “donate” that membership in order to help the museum financially, it would be greatly appreciated. To make additional donations to help Sandcastles recoup the money lost during the shutdown, please visit sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com.
2021 Museum Memberships are now available and get the family members on the membership in anytime during Sandcastles open hours. Membership options are as follows:
Regular Family Membership
$100, includes two adults and four children from one family. Each additional family member is $10. Adults are interchangeable, children are not.
$100, includes two adults and all of their grandchildren. Only four children may be admitted at one time. Children are interchangeable, adults are not.
$75, includes one adult and one child. Adult is interchangeable, child is not.
2021 Daily Admission is $7 per person. Children under age 1 are free.
Call or visit Sandcastles during open hours to purchase your membership!
Sandcastles Children’s Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431
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