Dining & Breweries
The Ludington area is home to many excellent restaurants! From sushi and fresh caught fish to burgers and filet mignon, there's a restaurant to suit every taste and budget. You will find some of the best barbeque and the best locally made ice cream.
The locally brewed craft beers are gaining more and more popularity, offering many unique flavors... lager, ale, IPA, cider... something for any taste.
Make sure to ask your innkeeper to share their favorite eateries.
Outdoor & Recreation
Opportunities for adventure abound… whether excursions for hiking, biking, canoeing, or kayaking, the Ludington area has just what you’re looking for, with rental options available too if you don’t have your own gear.
Ludington is considered one of the best ports on Lake Michigan for salmon and trout, and fishing is a year-round sport on our lakes and rivers. Boaters will find several options for public boat launches and excellent marinas in Ludington, or there are many charter services available.
Did you say, “Beaches?” We have some of the most beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Stearns Park Beach on Lake Michigan right in Ludington has many amenities and is perfect for spending the day relaxing. Another favorite Lake Michigan beach site is ‘First Curve’, with over three miles of shoreline on M116 on the way to Ludington State Park.
And speaking of Ludington State Park… our vast Lake Michigan shoreline hosts water and nature lovers of all generations. Ludington State Park is situated between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake. It is home to over 5,000 acres of scenic sand dunes, ponds, marshlands and forest. There are many miles of hiking trails, and in designated areas biking and wheeled traffic are permitted. It’s a water sports paradise with canoeing, kayaking, boating and swimming also available. And the grand Big Sable Point Lighthouse is located on Lake Michigan within the Park.
Besides Big Sable Point Lighthouse, you can adventure onto four other lighthouses... Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, White River Light Station, and Manistee North Pier Head all within less than an hour drive. Find more information at S.P.L.K.A.
Golfers will find rolling hills at Lincoln Hills and Hemlock and tight fairways at Lakeside Links. There are many other courses within an hour drive of Ludington.
Disc Golf is a sport that is really catching on in West Michigan and Ludington has just what you are looking for to fill the bill. There are six courses within the greater Ludington area. Come to play!
And don’t forget to visit our farms, orchards, and wineries. You will never be disappointed!
Ludington is a four-season destination. The gorgeous Fall colors have great offerings for a Fall Color Tour. And if winter invigorates you and makes you feel like a kid again, you have lots of company here. Hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking along the Lake Michigan shoreline, are a great way to see the area’s snowy beauty. There is also downhill skiing just an hour away. Ice fishing and snowmobiling are fine winter recreation opportunities as well. No matter what you choose, be sure to bring your camera to catch scenes that resemble our own Arctic circle.
History & Culture
Celebrate the rich history of the Ludington Area. Experience what life was like for those living on Lake Michigan centuries ago. Historic White Pine Village brings history to life with a family-friendly tour of a late 19th – early 20th century pioneer village. The historic Village is operated by the Mason County Historical Society along with the recently opened Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum is located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, which has been newly renovated into one of the most innovative museum experiences. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this family-friendly, three-story museum overlooks Lake Michigan’s shoreline, Ludington’s iconic North Pier Light, and the historic S.S. Badger Carferry, extending the maritime experience beyond its doors in this vacation wonderland.