Top 10 Things to do in Ludington, United States

October 9, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Ludington /ˈlʌdiŋtən/ is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,076. It is the county seat of Mason County.
Restaurants in Ludington

1. Ludington State Park

8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI 49431 +1 231-843-2423
Excellent
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5 based on 788 reviews

Ludington State Park

Reviewed By Nyesha B - Midland, Michigan

We spent an afternoon here with the dog hiking on the trails. We originally started out on the Skyline Trail which was a mistake. Between my fitness level, the fact that it was windy (blowing sand doesn't feel good in your eyeballs), the boards were a bit slick from morning rain, my fear of heights, and because my dog is a puller we only made it about half way when we both decided it was enough. If you can handle lots and lots of steps and heights then go on a nice dry day with minimal wind and there are some fantastic views and there is also a large sand dune that some kids were enjoying playing on. After we left the Skyline Trail we went to see the dam and my son found a trail through the sand dunes which I believe was the Evergreen Trail. I'm not sure how long we wandered out there before we managed to find our way back to the road we drove in on but we were starting to wonder if we were lost because the trail markings weren't the greatest. Overall my son considered it an adventure, my dog was thoroughly exhausted and I got a good workout all in a beautiful setting so I consider it a win.

2. Stearns Park

Stearns Outer Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 283 reviews

Stearns Park

Reviewed By WorldTvlerParker_CO - Parker, CO

This park on Lake Michigan is stunningly beautiful with a wide beach and a couple of places to picnic, but best of all is the walk on the pier to the lighthouse!
Must be careful when the weather is bad (suspect they might put up barriers when the waves are crashing).. but the walk to the lighthouse is nice, and easy. check out any fishermen on the pier or join them!

I heard that the lighthouse is open at times for a tour and would like to have done that...but wasn't open. It is shaped like a ship!

3. Ludington Waterfront Park

1122 S William St, Ludington, MI +1 231-843-8477
Excellent
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5 based on 190 reviews

Ludington Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Brian C - South Lyon, Michigan

The waterfront park has a great playground which is perfect for kids 10 and under. There is a small parking lot next to the playground and a pavilion area to have a picnic. There is a walkway around the park and along the water edge which has a number of interesting bronze statues. This is a real nice stop for some playground entertainment or a good place to watch boats pass by.

4. Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431 +1 231-845-7343
Excellent
75%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By Gasunflower

Enjoyed the beautiful landscape and water surroundings of the area. There was certainly no “wow” factor, but instead provided, for me, quiet reflections on a by-gone era. The black and white Tower is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Ludington State Park.

5. Ludington North Breakwater Light

At the Harbor, Ludington, MI
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Ludington North Breakwater Light

Reviewed By Smartypants_12 - United States

We enjoyed walking the concrete breaker to the lighthouse on a beautiful sunny summer day with a gentle breeze coming off the lake. Is a great family adventure for the little ones who have never experienced anymore than playing on the beach. The lighthouse was open for those who wanted to climb the 5 flights of stairs to the top. Very relaxing to sit at the lighthouse and watch the sailboats and freighters pass by.

6. S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095 +1 800-841-4243
Excellent
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4.5 based on 853 reviews

S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the inland sea for more than fifty years. The ferry takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin from mid-May through mid-October.

Reviewed By MNGal66 - Kenyon, Minnesota

This was on my husbands bucket list and so late in September we accomplished his wish and actually did it on his birthday. We were headed East from Minnesota and always dread going around Chicago and this is a great way to avoid that problem. We got to Manitowoc early enough to have lunch at Beerntsen's and go through the Maritime Museum first. Boarding the ferry around 1 p.m. was very easy. You just park your car in the parking lot and they drive it on for you. It was a pleasant day and we spent some time outside while crossing Lake Michigan. The ferry is a historic one and it takes around 4 hours to cross. Food is available on board. Also a movie theater and of course you have to play Badger Bingo. People had lots of fun doing that. You can get a sleeping cabin if you wish, but the chairs in the theatre allowed me a little rest time. They are very comfortable. Reservations should probably be made ahead of time, we did. Unloading the cars takes a little while but they bring your car to a parking area close to where you get off. Suggest you do it at least once.

7. Sandcastles Children's Museum

129 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431-2107 +1 231-233-9326
Excellent
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Sandcastles Children's Museum

You are invited to have some fun!! Sandcastles offers over 35 different exhibits designed just for kids to explore! Come fly our Cessna airplane! Guide the plane at the control tower! We have a climbing wall, an art center and stage, bubbles, and a baby nursery. We offer many role-playing opportunities with our vet center, post office, grocery store, bank, ice cream parlor, and much more. From making music on our Sound Stage to visiting Grandpa's Farm, families can have a wonderful time playing and learning together at Sandcastles! Special Activities: Meijer Messy Mondays 11am-1pm Fun Fridays 11am

Reviewed By Michelle S - Ludington, Michigan, United States

This place is packed with lots of themed play areas. There is something for everyone! Spectrum Hospital NICU, post office, bank, vet clinic, ice cream shop, Hungry Howies Pizza, eye care, farm, music studio, rock climbing wall, school, sandbox, aquarium, grocery store, drama theatre, airplane, SS Badger and more. My nieces would play all day if I let them. Clean, safe and restrooms.

My only complaint was that we arrived 1 hr before closing and I paid full price. It was $18 for 1 adult and 2 kids.

8. The Jam Farm

5075 W Meisenheimer Rd, Ludington, MI 49431-9736 +1 231-845-9909
Excellent
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5 based on 82 reviews

The Jam Farm

We are a 40 acre working family farm with a licensed kitchen that makes sweet and or savory Jams, Preserves, Bread and Dip Mixes and yummy Granola. Plenty of samples available. Everything is made with the fruit we grow or our neighbors grow. We have tractors for people to sit on and take pictures and they are welcome to walk around the farm buildings and grounds. We have a quilt block on the barn and are part of the Mason County Ag Trail. Both have recorded information you can listen too. We are open 7 days a week in the summer and 4 days a week in the fall. We close just before Christmas and open again in the spring. Come and visit the Jamlady!

Reviewed By Shinde51 - Mumbai, India

As you enter the small structure housing the neat and clean display area,the jamlady
Ms Lois greets you with warmth and offers jams to taste.Wide variety of super tasty
jams.We picked up 4 bottles.We were the first family from India to visit this farm. The boss lady apprised of nearby places of interest including restaurants.Great experience.

9. Amber Elk Ranch

2688 W Conrad Rd, Ludington, MI 49431-9314 +1 231-843-5355
Excellent
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Amber Elk Ranch

Reviewed By Sue B

The ride out is nice and you do get up close to the elk. The adult males' antlers are huge! The mamas were hungry and came running to eat! Right up to wagon and gobbled up the food! You can pet them and touch the antlers and they will eat right out of your hand. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. There is also a petting zoo with a few animals. There is a gift shop and you can buy elk meat. We opted for elk burgers and elk jerky. The jerky is really good and we are looking forward to trying the burgers soon. An interesting stop! The tour takes about an hour.

10. Pere Marquette River

Ludington, MI
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Pere Marquette River

This National Scenic River is one of Northern Michigan's prime fishing spots.

Reviewed By atmananda - Uttar Kashi

Kayak rentals are available, but the river is not wooded. It is all in the open wetlands winding through the cattails. Bring hats and suntan lotion if you paddle in the summer.

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