Things to Do

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Ludington Has Something Fun for Everyone!

There’s such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you’re in the Ludington area! Tour a historic village, enjoy a thrilling dune ride, or visit one of our many beaches or parks. Take the family out for a game of mini-golf or catch a concert. Even when it’s raining, you can visit Sandcastles Children’s Museum, the Mason County District Library or a local art gallery. 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!

Things to Do in Ludington

Lie-a-Lot Charter Boat Fishing

Come fish with Captain Mike Darke aboard the Lie-A-Lot, a 33-ft. Chris Craft Commander. From the port of Ludington, fish for salmon, steelhead, and trout. When booking your charter, rely on Captain Mike's 20-year experience to make your day on the water relaxing and exciting. Fully insured.

"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.

Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.

Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close...a unique memory your family won't forget! Browse our gift shop, the Antler Shed. Don't miss the Saturday BBQ, also try our Premium Elk Meat and jerky!

Experience the Pere Marquette River Lake Trail in a single kayak, canoe, double kayak, or SUP board. Rental rates on our website. Bait, tackle, and sport licenses available here.. Huge selection of golf discs and accessories! Get your beer, wine, liquor, live bait, tackle, and camping supplies here! Open daily 6am-11:30pm.

Create...discover...explore. Featuring 4 levels of interactive exhibits that promote hands-on discovery and inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Meet our new Bearded Dragon and explore our new Water Safety Exhibit. New ventilation system, sanitizing stations, and constant cleaning for a safe, fun experience. Check website for current hours.

LACA is the center of the area's art scene, offering monthly exhibits, classes/workshops and live music. The art center is also home to a number of creative groups. LACA's gift shop features creative items from an array of local and Michigan artists. LACA hosts the West Shore Art Fair annually in July.

Renovated in 2017, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open noon-9pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.

We offer fast, friendly service plus clean, well maintained mini vans. Locally owned, commercially insured. Open 24/7. Delivery available, as well as long distance transportation. We accept time call reservations. Cheaper than a DUI. We don't monkey around with transportation.

Visit Sunset Side Concessions at Stearns Park Beach! Menu includes burgers, hot dogs, a variety of sandwiches featuring roast turkey, soft pretzels, ice cream, candy, and caramel corn. Also deep fried Oreos, chips, and beverages. Located at both the north and south ends of the beach. Rent kayaks and paddleboards here.

Enjoy the Jam Farm's homemade jams, jellies and marmalades with over 50 different flavors! All fruit comes from the Jam Farm or local neighbors. No preservatives or artificial flavors! Homemade gift baskets are always available and are great for any occasion! Stop by the produce stand on the farm, grown by the Jamdude!

Things to Do Around Ludington's Hamlin Lake

Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes by boat. Available by the hour, day, week. Reservations suggested.

Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, and beach supplies/toys. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.

A traveling paint studio offering a unique night out! Flex your creative muscles while our artist guides you step-by-step in the creation of your very own masterpiece. We offer public events-partnering with local businesses. Or host a private party for family and friends in the venue of your choice.

Family-friendly fun on Lower Hamlin Lake! Rent a pontoon boat for pleasure or fishing. Also 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses,and picnic supplies. Also cottages for rent on the lake! For lodging, call (231) 843-8481.

Rent a 22' pontoon for $45/hour (two hour minimum), $375/day. 14', 8/10 hp motor fishing boats also available. Enjoy a 3-4 hour canoe trip on the Big Sable River and Upper Hamlin Lake. We'll trailer your kayak or canoe...or rent ours for $10/hour. Important--please call for reservations.

More Things to Do Nearby

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments at Colonial Bar & Grille. Senior over 60 rates Monday-Thursday, after 3pm specials everyday. Fridays: $1 per hole, $1 sandwiches, drink specials, $1 per bucket of balls.

Our smooth, rolling hills and exceptionally fast greens challenge players of all levels with their short game. Established as the first 18-hole public golf course in Oceana County, our scenic views, remarkable service, and uncommon value keep players coming back year after year.

Kayak/canoe/raft/SUP board rentals and vehicle spotting on the relaxing Pere Marquette River, 9 miles east of Ludington. Clean equipment, friendly service, and 41 campsites on the riverbank! The PM River has excellent seasonal salmon fishing. Our tackle shop will handle of all your salmon and steelhead needs! Find us on Facebook.

Discover The Princess...a 65’ passenger vessel certified by the USCG to carry 150 passengers. Public/private cruises for offshore viewing of sand dunes, beaches, Epworth Heights, Ludington State Park, lighthouses including Big Point Sable, and numerous other historic sites. Private cruises for weddings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of life, or any occasion.

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