Ludington is home to some of Michigan’s most beautiful beaches, lakes, parks, and sunsets. Following are links to recreational, cultural, and relaxing activities, to help you make the most of your time in Ludington.
Ludington.org – Ludington Area Chamber of Commerce list of upcoming events, local businesses, where to stay, and places to visit.
Downtown Ludington – A comprehensive guide to dining, shopping & store hours, farmer’s market, movies in the park, services, events, and more.
S.S. Badger – The S.S. Badger Car Ferry offers the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes and an authentic steamship experience. The relaxing four-hour, 60-mile cruise takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts – Host exhibitions, performances, and educational programs in music, the visual arts, literature, and more. The Center includes a 250-seat performance hall, banquet hall, gallery and exhibition spaces, art studios, classrooms, and gift shop offering the works of local and regional artists. (www.ludingtonartscenter.org)
West Shore Community College – WSCC hosts performing arts events featuring the talents of artists from around the area, the region, the country, and the world. Plays are produced each season from both contemporary and classic styles and periods.
Historic White Pine Village - White Pine Village is an historic village of buildings and sites of history dedicated to preserving and presenting Mason County's past. The buildings contain thousands of signs, artifacts and archives that help interpret their place in history. White Pine Village is a self-guided tour experience.
Ludington Mural Society – Thirteen murals have been painted by artists depicting the history of Ludington’s notable residents, lumber industry, car ferry, and more. Each mural features a hidden object that the artist challenges visitors to find.
Shrine of the Pines - The museum contains the world's largest display of rustic pine furniture. After a guided tour, enjoy a walk along the nature filled walking trails through the vast forest of pine tree. (www.shrineofthepines.com)
Country Dairy - Take a guided tour of a working dairy farm and milk processing facility. Learn about the history of Country Dairy, dairy farming, and the dairy industry. Take a wagon tour and see cows, how they are milked, how milk is bottled or turned into cheese and ice cream. Samples included. (countrydairy.com)
Todd & Brad Reed Photography – The Reeds are renowned photographers specializing in outdoor photography. Stop by their gallery in downtown Ludington and look for their work all over the state on billboards, in vacation guides, books, and at Art Prize in Grand Rapids. The Reeds offer workshops throughout the year to both the beginner and experienced photographer.
Photography by Sue Brown - Another one of the area's superb artists, Sue Brown specializes in photography focusing on people and special events.
Ludington State Park – Ludington State Park is a haven for hikers, bikers, campers, or anyone who loves all that nature has to offer. Explore sand dunes, the lighthouse, hiking trails, lakes, forests, marshlands, and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The state park is a vacation within itself, with special programs offered year round.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Ludington North Pier Lighthouse and Little Sable Point Lighthouse – Explore all three Ludington area lighthouses and their history.
Mac Wood's Dune Rides - Since 1930, Mac Wood's has provided a safe, fun-filled seven-mile dune ride lasting about 40 minutes. Drivers share their knowledge about the history and environment of the constantly changing sand mountains.
Nordhouse Dunes - For those who enjoy the solitude of nature and are willing to go the extra mile or two, Nordhouse Dunes is the state's only National Wilderness area. Completely rustic, it is a wonderful place to hike, swim, and simply enjoy the outdoors, and it has been ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the nation's best wilderness destinations.
www.saubleresort.com - Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals. 231-843-8497 / 3443 North Sterns in Ludington.
Action Rentals - Jet skis, fishing boats, paddle boats, pontoon boats, and kayaks are all available for rental located at Country Haven Resort.
www.ludingtoncharters.com - Fish with Captain Ted Malt on the Encore. 231-499-7693.
www.fishwildthing.com Wild Thing Charters (Lake Michigan Salmon & Trout) - State of the art electronics and equipment, lounge seating and full private bathroom, all fishing and tackle equipment included, fish cleaned & bagged, fully licensed and inspected by MDNRE.
www.baldwincanoe.com - Baldwin Canoe Rental is Michigan's largest provider for canoeing, kayaking and rafting . Located near Baldwin Michigan, in the heart of the Huron Manistee National Forest, Baldwin Canoe Rental has a fleet of over 300 canoes, 25 rafts and 90 solo & tandem kayaks.
J and J River Guides Inc. - With over twenty years experience in fly-fishing, Mike is the perfect guide for fly-fishing year round on the Pere Marquette River and the Manistee River.
Lincoln Hills Golf Club – Lincoln Hills Golf Club is a semi-private golf club located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The course is open to the public seven days a week from April through October or as long as weather conditions allow. The golf course is challenging yet playable for all skill levels. (231) 843-4666
Hemlock Golf Club - One of Ludington's finest golf courses located just north of town (231) 845-1300.
Krolczyk Cellars – Located near the shore of Lake Michigan between Ludington and Manistee in Freesoil. (231) 464-5414
The Fox Barn Market and Winery - Located in Shelby south of theSilver Lake Sand Dunes. (231) 861-8050