Ludington Area
Things To Do

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 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!

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!

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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
Baldwin Canoe Rental
Only 40 minutes from Ludington, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-4669
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 1:30pm. Since 1968.
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Buss Gardens
2879 W. Townline Rd, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 464-5833
Buss Gardens is the place to get beautiful, hardy perennials. Master gardener Violet Buss is practicing her passion by providing high quality plants. She has nine water gardens, and "Garden Rooms" including kitchen, bedroom, dining room and bathroom. Free self-guided garden tours available. Stop by and enjoy nature at Buss Gardens!
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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.
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Historic White Pine Village
Farmers Markets & U-Picks
What could be more fun than spending time with your family picking fresh fruit from a local tree, or shopping from a farmers market to support a local farm? Awaken your senses and indulge in local produce, honey, jam, eggs, dairy, breads, and so much more. Support local farms...buy farm fresh!
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PM Expeditions
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 gets you to your destination in comfort. Longer trips also available.
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Pentwater River Outfitters
Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 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.
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Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
Experience history in new ways! Take a self-guided tour of 29 Mason County museum buildings in a beautiful village setting. Visit the county's first courthouse, Hamlin Lake cabin, sawmill, and old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Tour the chapel, lumbering museum, 19th century barn & farmhouse. Special events throughout summer and fall.
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Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Experience Amazing! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
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Lakeshore Family Guide
What's a family to do in West Michigan? We've got the answer at Lakeshore Family Guide, a local website which highlights fun, wholesome, and inexpensive activities for children and families. Includes details about kids programs at the library, mini golf courses, petting zoos, the best beaches, and so much more!
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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm
4180 W. M20, New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-5730
Enjoy a 700 acre farm in New Era, Michigan. Family owned and operated, with home grown produce, fruit orchards, market with gifts and goodies, and a bakery. Enjoy lots of activities for family fun from May through October each year including a petting farm with a wide variety of animals and birds!
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Lie-A-Lot Charter Boat Fishing
Docked at Ludington Municipal Marina, (800) 850-1978
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.
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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 (April-November), Thurs-Sat (December-March).
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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 Outfitters
22 S. Hancock 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 lessons, 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.
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
217 S. Lakeshore Dr., (next to the Coast Guard Station), Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-9090
Ludington will soon celebrate and remember our rich maritime history at the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Currently in the fundraising and construction stages, the museum is preparing for its opening in 2017.
Shagway Arts Barn
5949 Shagway Rd., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 970-0222
Experience and explore the arts, nature, and history at Shagway Arts Barn. There are many activities at the Arts Barn, including live music every summer Thursday, nature trails to walk, and a barn full of art from over 30 local artists! The Arts Barn is also available for special events and weddings!
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!



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