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Activities & Attractions

Looking for things to do in Ludington? Discover beautiful scenery and fun activities for your next Ludington adventure.

Beaches & Parks

Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.

Bicycle Trails

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

Bookstores & Coffee Shops

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

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.

Cool Things to Do

Check out our picks for the top 50 coolest things to do in Ludington, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Disc Golf Courses

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.

Fall Color Tour

Enjoy an afternoon drive around the Ludington area in October and fill your senses with the vibrant colors of fall.

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.

Hamlin Lake Beach

The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!

Historic White Pine Village

Discover small town life in the late 1800s and early 1900s at Historic White Pine Village in Ludington, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Ludington Art Scene

Ludington is alive with an array of artistic events that take place throughout the year. There’s music, photography, art galleries, and more.

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.

Ludington North Breakwater Light

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!

Ludington Skate Plaza

The Ludington Skate Plaza is a popular spot for kids with skateboards or in-line skates, and also draws spectators to Stearns Park.

Ludington’s Great Outdoors

Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.

Marinas

Arrive in Ludington by boat and dock at one of three marinas: Ludington Municipal Marina, Harbor View Marina, & Pere Pointe Village Marina.

Mason County Barn Quilt Trail

The Barn Quilt Trail, highlighting the lost art of barn decor, is one of four trails that comprise the Mason County Cultural Trails.

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.

Murals of Ludington

Within the downtown Ludington region, several murals grace the façades of local area businesses, telling stories of the area’s rich history.

Night Life

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

Pet Friendly Places

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.

Power

The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant and Lakewinds Energy Park are the two main sources of energy that power Ludington! Check them out!

Sunset Times

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

The Baby Badger

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”.

Waterfront Park Sculptures

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.

Weather & Water Conditions

West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.

Beaches & Parks

Pick your park in Ludington and enjoy the scenery! Some parks have boat launches, others have picnic tables and grills. Find out what makes each park unique by reading these stories.

Beaches & Parks

Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.

Cartier Park

Take a walk through the woods at Cartier Park, featuring paved trails. This park is also home to “Central Bark,” Ludington’s only dog park.

Dogs Love Central Bark

Take your furry friend on their own vacation at Ludington’s very own dog park! Play catch, frolic about, and make new friends!

Hamlin Lake Beach

The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!

Hamlin Lake Beaches and Parks

Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.

Legacy Plaza

Surrounded by local shops and restaurants, this $2.1 million renovation features outdoor seating, a stage, gas fireplace and more!

Ludington State Park

One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.

Ludington’s Rotary Park

Rotary Park park features several trees and a large, open space. Formerly City Park, the rotary club is behind many of the improvements.

Memorial Tree Park

Just as the name suggests, Memorial Tree Park is nestled inside the trees and is a cozy park for relaxation and play.

Pere Marquette Conservation Park

In 2021, the Pere Marquette Charter Township unveiled the new Pere Marquette Conservation Park, located on 300 acres of former Dow property.

Stearns Park & Beach

Picked by USA Today as one of the 51 Great American Beaches in the nation; Stearns Park & Beach is more than just golden sand.

Businesses

Whatever service or business you need, Ludington has you covered!

Bed & Breakfasts

You’ll find personal, friendly, and cozy accommodations at a Ludington Bed & Breakfast, many of which are located within Victorian homes.

Boating & Fishing

The Ludington area is a paradise for those who love boating and fishing. Numerous marinas rent a variety of boats and offer modern facilities.

Camping

Enjoy nature’s beauty by sleeping under the stars at clean campgrounds, forests, or parks in the Ludington area.

Convenience & Party Stores

Stop into a Ludington party or convenience to store to get your beverages, ice, snacks, lotto tickets, gas, and more.

Dining

Most restaurants and dining establishments in Ludington are found on the US-10 corridor or in the downtown area.

Health & Beauty

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.

Home & Garden

Ludington home & garden businesses can help beautify your indoor and outdoor spaces. Consult with one to create your dream home today!

Hotels & Motels

Ludington area hotels and motels offer all the amenities to make your next vacation or business trip an enjoyable one.

Lodging

Ludington’s lodging facilities provide all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable and keep you coming back.

Resorts & Vacation Rentals

Families taking a vacation to Ludington enjoy staying at one of the many resorts or vacation rentals found in the area.

Services

When traveling away from home, you want to know where to find the necessities, and the Ludington area offers all the services you need!

Shopping

The friendly merchants welcome you to Ludington and invite you to shop until you drop! The variety of stores is not to be missed.

Things to Do

There are a huge variety of things to do that will keep you entertained while you’re in the Ludington area!

Weddings & Celebrations

From beautiful venues, indoors and outside, to talented vendors, Ludington is a great location for your wedding or celebration.

Carferry

The S.S. Badger. Bigger boat. Bigger fun.

Events

Find out what's happening in Ludington!

Earth Day Events

Each April, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) hosts an annual Earth Day event in Ludington.

Fall Events

Autumn is a great time in West Michigan, with fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween parties and ghost ships.

Family Friendly Events

Ludington hosts many events and activities that are geared toward kids and families, that’s part of what makes the area so great!

Fish on for Freedom

“Fish on For Freedom” is a non-profit event that provides a free day of fishing to military veterans on Lake Michigan.

Fishing Tournaments & Events

Ludington fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Gold Coast Artisan Fair

The popular Gold Coast Artisan Fair is usually held the second weekend of August at Ludington’s Rotary Park.

Ludington Lake Jump

The Ludington Lake Jump takes place in spring at Stearns Park Beach. Participants raise funds for a non-profit and jump in the lake.

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon

The Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon takes place each summer in downtown Ludington, where Ludington Avenue ends right at Stearns Park Beach.

Ludington Petunia Parade

During the summer is the Petunia Parade in Ludington featuring 30,000 petunias lining Ludington Avenue and the marina.

Ludrock Events

Ludrock Nation is an organization presenting events: Ludrock, Girls Rock, Ludrock All Stars, Night of Fright to benefit other non-profits.

Octoberfest

Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate Octoberfest!

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest

The Pure Ludington Brrrewfest hosts breweries that offer patrons a taste of their beers, wines, ciders, and meads from all around Michigan.

Races

Ludington is a popular location for various races and runs… including the Lakestride Half Marathon and the Lighthouse Triathlon.

Spring CommUNITY Auction

The Annual Spring CommUNITY Auction benefits the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce and the MCC Educational Foundation.

Summer Art Fairs

Ludington hosts two of the most popular arts & crafts fairs in West Michigan in the summer at Rotary Park (formerly City Park).

Summer Events

Summer is Ludington’s favorite season, so if you’re considering a vacation in the area, we’ve got the festivals to keep you entertained!

Used Book Sales

Book lovers will find bargains at the many used book sales held in Manistee, Ludington, and Hart in West Michigan.

West Shore Art Fair

The annual West Shore Art Fair is managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is held each July at Rotary Park.

Western Michigan Fair

Smaller towns set themselves apart from big cities by local events. That’s very evident when Ludington hosts the Western Michigan Fair.

Events by Season

Something to do, no matter what time of year!

Fall

Autumn presents a wonderful time for slowing down and enjoying a scenic color tour along the country roads of Ludington.

Spring

It’s springtime… the ground begins to thaw, the sun shows its face more often, and Ludington goes from white to vivid colors.

Summer

The summer sun brings the season for beach days! Ludington boasts miles of white sand beach, just waiting for you to enjoy!

Winter

Enjoy winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, etc. and take in all the beautiful scenery of a Ludington winter!

Events this Week

Find out what's happening right now in Ludington!

Family Friendly Events

Ludington hosts many events and activities that are geared toward kids and families, that’s part of what makes the area so great!

Festivals & Events

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

Family & Community

There's something for the whole family in Ludington!

Birthday Parties at Sandcastles

Sandcastles Children’s Museum with it’s four floors of fun and a party room, is the perfect place to host your child’s next birthday party!

Downtown Ludington

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

Epworth Heights

Epworth is a summer resort with a 127-year history. This gated community has activities for both members and the public.

History of Ludington - Harbor

History of Ludington

The first to settle in what is now Ludington were the Ottawa Tribe. The Caswell family were the first white settlers in 1847.

Home & Garden

Ludington home & garden businesses can help beautify your indoor and outdoor spaces. Consult with one to create your dream home today!

Ludington Relocation

Move to Ludington, Living Here is Great! Take it from the locals, there’s no finer place to work or live than Ludington.

Stage Left Theatre Company

The Stage Left Theatre Company strives to provide a variety of theatre experiences to the community and acting opportunities to all ages.

Featured Businesses

These businesses are ready to serve you with a smile!

AJ’s Party Port

Beer cave stocked with craft & domestic beer, a variety of liquor, and over 300 different kinds of wine. Plus tobacco, groceries, ice, etc.

Amber Elk Ranch

Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close.

Bela Floral

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Dune Grass Concessions

Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!

Dune Side Auto Glass

Dune Side Auto Glass offers fast windshield replacement or chip repair with free estimates and direct insurance billing.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

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.

Hamlin Wood

Campfire wood bundles may be purchased at self-serve locations. Bulk delivery available to campgrounds or properties in the Ludington area.

Hankwitz Heating and Cooling

Trust Hankwitz Heating & Cooling of Ludington when you need a new furnace, air conditioner, or service on your existing unit.

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Lakeside Links Golf Course

Just minutes from Lake Michigan, you’ll find Ludington’s favorite golfing destination for residents and visitors, Lakeside Links Golf Club.

Lakeview Campsites

Just north of Ludington, Michigan you’ll find Lakeview Campsites, set among shade trees and overlooking Upper Hamlin Lake.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Luciano Ristoranti

Luciano Ristoranti offers authentic Italian & Sicilian cuisine. Serving lunch, dinner, and an extensive wine selection in downtown Ludington.

Ludington Pier House

Ludington Pier House Motel has a reputation for friendliness, clean, comfortable rooms and the best location- across from Lake Michigan!

Ludington Taxi

Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

MD Home Services

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

Pere Marquette Lake House

Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Spuller Concrete

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

Todd & Brad Reed Photography

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.

Vista Villa Motel

The Vista Villa Motel is just a short walk from downtown Ludington for shopping, dining, and the city’s waterfront!

Willow by the Lake Resort

Enjoy your next vacation or getaway at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.

Yada Yada Resale

Yada Yada Resale Store in Ludington offers used clothing, used furniture, children’s toys and much much more! Great stuff for a great cause!

Featured Businesses - Lodging

Looking for a place to stay? Ludington has you covered.

Ludington Pier House

Ludington Pier House Motel has a reputation for friendliness, clean, comfortable rooms and the best location- across from Lake Michigan!

Pere Marquette Lake House

Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.

Vista Villa Motel

The Vista Villa Motel is just a short walk from downtown Ludington for shopping, dining, and the city’s waterfront!

Willow by the Lake Resort

Enjoy your next vacation or getaway at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.

Featured Businesses - Food & Beverage

Delicious Food. Delicious drinks. Need we say more?

Dune Grass Concessions

Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!

Luciano Ristoranti

Luciano Ristoranti offers authentic Italian & Sicilian cuisine. Serving lunch, dinner, and an extensive wine selection in downtown Ludington.

Featured Businesses - Services

Great service from the people who call Ludington, home!

Bela Floral

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

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.

Hankwitz Heating and Cooling

Trust Hankwitz Heating & Cooling of Ludington when you need a new furnace, air conditioner, or service on your existing unit.

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Ludington Taxi

Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

MD Home Services

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Spuller Concrete

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

Fishing Info

For pros and amateurs alike, Ludington is a premiere place for fishing!

Boating & Fishing

The Ludington area is a paradise for those who love boating and fishing. Numerous marinas rent a variety of boats and offer modern facilities.

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.

Current Fishing Reports

Find out what’s biting and where fish are being caught in the Ludington area. Fishing reports by local charter captains, DNR, fisherman.

Fish on for Freedom

“Fish on For Freedom” is a non-profit event that provides a free day of fishing to military veterans on Lake Michigan.

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.

Fishing Tournaments & Events

Ludington fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Ludington State Park

Check out what there is to do at one of Michigan's top state parks!

Aerial View of Big Sable Point

Big Sable Point contains Hamlin Lake and Ludington State Park. Big Sable Point Lighthouse is at the tip which stretches into Lake Michigan.

Dune Grass Concessions

Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!

Ludington State Park

One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.

Ludington State Park Events

The Ludington State Park holds events year-round. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Michigan’s most popular state park!

Monthly Calendar of Events

A look ahead on what is to come!

January

Ludington’s pristine, white countryside beckons you to cross country ski, snowmobile, ice fish, or just play in the snow!

February

February in Ludington is the season for sparkly lights, hot chocolate by the fire, and new adventures in a cozy atmosphere.

March

Winter is winding down but there’s still plenty of fun things to do and you’re in luck! We’ve got your guide to March in Ludington.

April

Time to replace cabin fever with spring fever! Spring has sprung! We’re here to fill you in on what’s happening this April in Ludington.

May

May means revving up for summer in beautiful Ludington, Michigan, and we’re here to fill you in on what’s happening!

June

Summertime is in full gear here in Ludington, Michigan, and we’ve got your guide to what’s happening this June.

July

July means celebrating our freedoms and the beauty of summer and we’ve got all the info on what’s happening here!

August

We’re savoring the last moments of summer in Ludington but there’s still plenty going on. Here’s a guide to what’s happening this August.

September

Fall is Near and School is Here! We’re here to fill you in on what’s happening this September in Ludington.

October

There’s lots of spooky good fun for people of all ages in the fall in Ludington and we’ve got your guide to what’s happening.

November

Give thanks for fall weather and all the great events that Ludington hosts each November! Here’s our guide to what’s happening.

December

Enjoy the holiday season and the great events Ludington has to offer in December. We’ve got your guide to what’s happening.

Uncategorized

Not in a category, but still important!

Coupons

If your looking for discounts or bargains while visiting Ludington, check here first for coupons and offers!

Travel Itineraries

No matter if your looking for a family friendly vacation or a getaway for two, Ludington is a great vacation spot, any time of year.

Upcoming Events

Family Friendly Events

Ludington hosts many events and activities that are geared toward kids and families, that’s part of what makes the area so great!

Festivals & Events

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