Ludington Area
Things To Do

Let's see--we have boating, fishing, swimming, golfing--and what else? 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 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 bowling alley. 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. We're lucky to have West Shore Community College in our home town, complete with recreation center featuring a swimming pool, fitness center, racquetball court, and more. Boredom is never a problem here in Ludington!

Baldwin Canoe Rental
Only 40 minutes from Ludington, Baldwin, MI 49304, (800) 272-3642
Explore the Pere Marquette River with West Michigan's largest paddlesports provider. This National Scenic River begins in Baldwin where it has a stronger current, is less populated, and meanders through state and national forest land. Canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, six person rafts and tubes. Open every day 9am-6pm. Last launch 2pm. Since 1968.
Dune Grass Concessions and Watercraft Rentals
Located in the Cedar Camp Store at Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1888
Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, beach supplies/toys, and tubes to float the Sable River. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.
Gene's Ventures, LLC
322 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 690-1775
Feeling adventerous? Book a tour with Gene's Ventures and add some excitement to your life. Gene specializes in one-day trips to concerts, shopping excursions or sporting events in Michigan. His 14 passenger luxury motor coach complete with video system gets you to your destination in comfort. Longer trips also available.
Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3461 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
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 where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
Experience a new look at Historic White Pine Village. Attractive interpretive and educational signs now grace the Time Museum, Car Museum, and areas of the Farmstead complex. Take a self-guided tour to relive Mason County's past as you visit 29 museum buildings rich in local history.
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Relax and reconnect. The SS Badger is the largest carferry ever to sail Lake Michigan. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable, and affordable cruise experience. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-2787
This historic building is a venue for art exhibitions, performances, writers' forums, and educational workshops. Our gift shop showcases unique items created by Michigan artists. We strive to integrate arts and culture into community life. Proud sponsor of the West Shore Art Fair in July. Hours: Tues-Sat noon-5pm.
Ludington Area Disc Golf
The Ludington area has seven different courses to choose from. Mason County Park is the site for three 24-hole courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath. Just off Jebavy Drive is Leviathan, The Edge is in Scottville's Riverside Park, Labyrinth is located at West Shore Community College and Flip City is in Shelby.
Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Miniature golf, an all-time family favorite, overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. What could be better? The Ludington Area Jaycees have operated the mini golf for years, using the proceeds for community development projects. Good fun for a good cause. Open noon-9pm every day. Discounts for groups and children's parties.
Ludington Skate Plaza
c/o City of Ludington, Stearns Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-3425
Built in 2008, the Ludington Skate Plaza is popular with skateboarders and in-line skaters for its combination of bowls, quarter pipes, and rails. It's located next to the mini golf course at Stearns Park. This information was brought to you courtesy of Gordy's Skate Co. in downtown Ludington.
Parrot's Landing
8110 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-8400
The fun of Silver Lake and the sand dunes starts at Parrot's Landing. Our recreational rentals provide thrills on sand or water. Rent or take a guided tour on a Jeep Wrangler. Dune buggies, quads, ski boats with tow tubes, and jet skis are available by the hour or half day.
Pentwater River Outfitters
42 W. Second St., Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-2999
Cruise the village of Pentwater with a bicycle rental, or take out a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, and explore the waterways surrounding the village of Pentwater. Half, whole day and weekly rentals as well as livery and delivery services are available. A great paddle experience for all levels of experience!
Pere Marquette Expeditions, LLC
1649 S. PM Highway, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7285
Featuring over 400 craft beers...the greatest selection in West Michigan. Whatever your taste, you'll find your perfect beverage here. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-7pm we offer free samplings of beer, wine, mead, cider and pop. We also carry a huge selection of beer and wine making supplies. Open 6am-11pm.
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Sandcastles Children's Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 233-9326
Create...discover...explore. Join us for fun and learning. Featuring 23 interactive exhibits designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Special programs: Messy Mondays, 11am-1pm, Workshop Wednesdays at 11am. Fun Fridays-special events every Friday at 11am. Check website for hours. Admission $5.00; annual family memberships begin at $80.
The Pumpkin Patch
at Major Produce, 9476 N. 120th Ave., Hart, MI 49420, (231) 873-5281
Great family fun the 2nd and 3rd weekend each October! Enjoy a hay ride along the river, pick your favorite pumpkin, romp in the hay fort, wander through the corn maze or haunted hall. Family games, food, refreshments. Many activities are inside the greenhouses, so come rain or shine!
Todd & Brad Reed Photo Gallery
114 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-0777
Throughout the year, feel free to stop in and talk with Todd and/or Brad Reed in their Ludington gallery. Their "Talk with the Artists" event is a great time to discuss photography, share experiences, and viewing their new images. Be sure to get a signed copy of their latest book.
Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8481
On Lower Hamlin Lake. Everything you need for boating or fishing. Rentals of 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Pontoon boats for pleasure or fishing. Jet ski and tube rental. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses, picnic supplies, ice cream cones. Cottages available.
West Michigan Golf Courses
The beauty of our blue lakes can only be matched by the rolling green landscape of our numerous golf courses. All along the Lake Michigan shoreline you'll find golf courses that challenge you, relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views. This website features details about golf courses from Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties. Fore!
West Shore Community College
3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 845-6211, (800) 848-9722
Offering quality instructional programs leading to immediate employment or transfer to four-year institutions. Check the Performing Arts schedule (phone extension 5507) for upcoming plays and concerts. The Ice Arena and Recreation Center (phone extension 5584) are open to the public - indoor heated pool, whirlpool, indoor tennis, racquetball, basketball, weight room and more.
West Shore Recreation Center
at West Shore Community College, 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 843-5543
The Recreation Center is a premier recreational facility available to the community for leisure/fitness activities. Indoor facilities include a wellness center with aerobic circuit weight training and cardiovascular equipment. Also, racquetball court, basketball, and 25 meter swimming pool with Red Cross certified lifeguards.





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