Activities & Attractions...

Looking for things to do while visiting West Michigan? Here's where to find the fun!

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

M-22 in Manistee County

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Value of Sports Museum

Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

West Michigan Lighthouses

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

West Michigan Arts Scene

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Ludington and Manistee, you’ll find natural splendor- the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness area.

West Michigan Museums

West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.

Mason County Cultural Trails

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

Baldwin

Food & Beverage in Baldwin

There’s casual fine dining, cafes, pubs, family restaurants featuring great comfort food and beverage, and more in Baldwin, Michigan.

Play in Baldwin

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Baldwin, Michigan. Besides fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, enjoy fun events!

Stay in Baldwin

Want to spend a night or more in and near Baldwin, Michigan? Campgrounds, inns, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts… this area has it all.

Benzie County

Food & Beverage in Benzie County

You’ll find fine dining, cafes, pubs, and family restaurants with home cooking in Frankfort, Beulah, Elberta, and Honor, in Benzie County.

Play in Benzie County

Whether you prefer a round of golf or perusing an art gallery, the communities in Benzie County have things to do for everyone.

Stay in Benzie County

Benzie County’s lodging facilities provide all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable and keep you coming back.

Events in Baldwin...

Festivals & Events in Baldwin

Baldwin, Michigan may be small but they do events and festivals in a big way. Venture east of Lake Michigan to find fun for the whole family!

Troutarama in Baldwin

Each July, Baldwin comes alive with the Baldwin Troutarama which include an entertainment tent, midway, concerts, and more.

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Convenience & Party Stores

Stop into a West Michigan party or convenience to store to get your beverages, ice, snacks, lotto tickets, gas, and more.

Health & Beauty

West Michigan’s bed & breakfasts offer amenities like delicious breakfasts, jacuzzi’s, and more, often in Victorian homes.

Dining

There are many unique restaurants in West Michigan including fine dining, cafes, pubs, coffee shops and old fashioned family restaurants.

Bars, Pubs, & Taverns

Enjoy a cocktail, beer, wine, entertainment, and more at one of the many bars, pubs, and taverns in West Michigan.

Golf Courses

West Michigan offers many golf courses to challenge or relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views, some lakeside.

Things to Do

Boating, fishing, swimming, live music, theater, casino gambling, and more. Tour lighthouses, museums, or stroll the beaches.

Boating & Fishing

West Michigan has many inland lakes, rivers and Lake Michigan to go boating or fishing on. Rent pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, and more.

Camping

Clean campgrounds, forests, or parks with great amenities and plenty of space can be found in West Michigan.

Automotive & RV

Looking for a new car or RV, or need repairs on your vehicle? Find mechanics, body shops, friendly car/RV dealers, and RV specialists here.

Hotels & Motels

West Michigan has beautiful and inclusive resorts and vacation rentals. Many are on Hamlin Lake in Ludington.

Education & Enrichment

From preschool to art classes, guitar lessons to continued learning opportunities; West Michigan classes offer many new things to learn.

Bed & Breakfasts

West Michigan’s bed & breakfasts offer amenities like delicious breakfasts, jacuzzi’s, and more, often in Victorian homes.

Shopping

Find clothing, souvenirs, sports equipment, home decor or and more at one of many friendly West Michigan shops and stores.

Services

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the help of West Michigan bakeries or stop by a local ice cream parlor or sweet shop.

Destinations...

Hamlin Lake

Hamlin Lake is a great vacation spot, offering terrific summer recreation, including swimming, boating, tubing, and fishing.

Baldwin

Visit the Pere Marquette River (PM River) in West Michigan for world class trout and steelhead fishing, and scenic canoe trips.

Scottville

Visit Scottville, Michigan, home of the Scottville Clown Band and Scottville Riverside Park on the Pere Marquette River.

Ludington

Far removed from the big cities on beautiful Lake Michigan you’ll find Ludington, the kind of town people want to visit and many call home!

Leelanau County

Visit Leelanau County in Northwest Michigan, home to communities like Empire, Glen Arbor, Leland, Northport, & Suttons Bay.

Pentwater

Pentwater is a charming West Michigan village on the shore of Lake Michigan, and a favorite summertime harbor destination.

Pere Marquette River

Visit the Pere Marquette River (PM River) in West Michigan for world class trout and steelhead fishing, and scenic canoe trips.

Benzie County

Visit Benzie County, home to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Interlochen Arts. Enjoy “Up North” scenery and that wonderful Northern Michigan feeling.

Manistee

The Victorian port city of Manistee, MI features a River Walk, historic Ramsdell Theatre and the S.S. City of Milwaukee.

Silver Lake

Visit Silver Lake and the Silver Lake Sand Dunes between Ludington and Muskegon in West Michigan for dune rides, water sports, and family fun!

Grand Traverse County

Visit Grand Traverse County including Traverse City, Leelanau Peninsula, Grand Traverse Bay, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Events in Grand Traverse County...

Events in Ludington...

Ludington Lake Jump

The Ludington Lake Jump takes place in spring at Stearns Park Beach. Participants raise funds for a non-profit and jump in the lake.

Ludington State Park Events

The Ludington State Park holds events year-round. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Michigan’s most popular state park!

Hamlin Lake Fireworks

The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society presents fireworks over the lake around each July 4th. The show is shot from Camp Douglas.

Octoberfest in Ludington

Visit downtown Ludington and enjoy music and family activities in an outdoor setting, to celebrate one of the last hurrahs of the season!

Events in Pentwater...

Oktoberfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Oktoberfest features a variety of activities for all ages and interests including the Classic Car and Hot Rod Show and Cruise.

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fairs

Pentwater is known for its art galleries, antiques shops and boutiques, so expect some great finds at their summer arts and crafts fairs.

Winterfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Winterfest includes many family friendly events including fishing tournaments, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.

Events in Scottville...

Scottville Fall Celebration

The City of Scottville has created a new event in 2021 called the Scottville Fall Celebration which will include many activities downtown.

Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration

The Scottville Harvest Festival and Scottville Summer Fest are now one event called the “Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration”, held each August.

Festivals & Events in Scottville

All year long, there are activities going on in the Scottville area to keep everyone happy. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty of great events to keep you coming back. Boredom is never a problem here!

Events in Silver Lake/Mears

Events in the Manistee Area...

Brethren Days

The Village of Brethren is located in Dickson Township about 15 miles east of Manistee. Brethren Days is held over Labor Day weekend.

Kaleva Days

Kaleva holds a festival in mid-July which includes ,softball tournament, car show, pony rides, parade, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more.

Tight Lines for Troops

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Manistee County Fair in Onekama

The Manistee County Fair happens each August at the Onekama Fairgrounds along Portage Lake on M-22 with rides, food, entertainment, and more!

Bear Lake Days

Bear Lake has a variety of activities for Bear Lake Days each July. Events include parade, fireworks, car show, kids activities, and more.

Onekama Days

Each August, the “Two Lake Town” of Onekama near Manistee hosts it’s annual Onekama Days celebration with fun for the whole family.

Boos, Brews, & Brats

The Manistee Elks hosts activities for the whole family at Boos, Brews, & Brats in conjunction with their annual Halloween Party.

Arcadia Daze

Annually, late in July, the Village population soars with attendees and participants in the annual Arcadia Daze celebration.

Manistee Arts & Crafts Fairs

Summertime means outdoor arts and crafts fairs, and communities in Manistee County often include these fairs as part of their festivals.

Manistee’s Ghost Ship

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street.

Manistee Movies in the Park

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Manistee Forest Festival

The annual Manistee National Forest Festival in July features fireworks, parades, and family entertainment in Manistee, Michigan!

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Manistee’s Ghost Ship

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street.

Upcoming Events in West Michigan...

Here's what's happening in the next couple of weeks in West Michigan.

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Manistee’s Ghost Ship

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street.

Featured Businesses...

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Ziehm L.P. Gas

Ziehm L.P. Gas has been serving customers of Mason and Oceana counties and surrounding areas for over 50 years with propane.

TJ’s Pub of Manistee

Enjoy a drink or light meal at T.J.’s Pub, inside the lower level of the cozy and historic Ramsdell Inn, downtown Manistee.

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The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

Yada Yada Resale

Yada Yada Resale Store in Ludington offers used clothing, used furniture, children’s toys and much much more! Great stuff for a great cause!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

Dusty’s has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on vehicles of all sizes, including motorhomes and RV’s.

Petri Gallery

Nestled in the quaint harbor village of Pentwater, Petri Gallery is a feast for the art lover’s eyes. Now with 2 locations.

Willow by the Lake Resort

Enjoy clean, affordable cottages at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.

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Oceana Golf Club of Shelby

Since 1962, this is Oceana County’s original 18-hole public course. Oceana Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the area.

MD Home Services of Ludington

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

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Ludington Taxi

Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Photo by Todd and Brad Reed Photography

Ludington Pier House

Ludington Pier House Motel has a reputation for friendliness, clean, comfortable rooms and the best location- across from Lake Michigan!

Lakeside Links Golf Course

Just minutes from Lake Michigan you’ll find Ludington’s favorite golfing destination for residents and visitors, Lakeside Links Golf Club.

Safari Sun of Ludington

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort

Located within the Manistee National Forest, Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort specializes in relaxing vacations and great camping experiences.

Spuller Concrete of Ludington

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

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Colonial Golf Course

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole, 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments available.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

Gayle’s Salon

Gayle’s Salon & Spa is an unparalleled experience in style and serenity, offering the latest hair trends and premier spa treatments.

AJ’s Party Port

Beer cave stocked with craft & domestic beer, a variety of liquor, and over 300 different kinds of wine. Plus tobacco, groceries, ice, etc.

Cole’s Antiques Villa

Since 1987. 1800 square feet, 10 quality dealers. Fine & costume jewelry, sterling silver, toys, banks, pocket watches, books, and more.

Bela Floral of Ludington

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Food & Beverage...

Food & Beverage in Silver Lake

You’ll find casual fine dining, cozy cafes, pubs, and good old fashioned family restaurants featuring great home cooking in Silver Lake.

Food & Beverage in Scottville

You’ll find casual fine dining, cozy cafes, pubs, and family restaurants featuring great home cooking in and around Scottville.

Food & Beverage in Pentwater

You’ll find casual fine dining, cozy cafes, pubs, and good old fashioned family restaurants featuring great home cooking in Pentwater.

Food & Beverage in Manistee

You’ll find casual fine dining, cozy cafes, pubs, and good old fashioned family restaurants featuring great home cooking in Manistee.

Food & Beverage in Ludington

You’ll find casual fine dining, cozy cafes, pubs, and good old fashioned family restaurants featuring great home cooking in Ludington.

Party Food & Beverage

Caterers, bar services, and bakers in West Michigan offer customized services for all occasions, from casual gatherings to elaborate weddings.

Food & Beverage in Baldwin

There’s casual fine dining, cafes, pubs, family restaurants featuring great comfort food and beverage, and more in Baldwin, Michigan.

Food & Beverage in Benzie County

You’ll find fine dining, cafes, pubs, and family restaurants with home cooking in Frankfort, Beulah, Elberta, and Honor, in Benzie County.

Home & Garden...

Heating & Cooling

West Michigan heating and cooling contractors carry furnaces, central air conditioning, single room conditioners, and more.

Home Exterior Services

Need gutters installed, a fresh coat of paint, or a complete exterior remodel? Home exterior service businesses in West Michigan can help.

Contractors

Need a new home wired for electric or repairs to your homes current system? There are many reliable electricians in West Michigan.

Home Interior Services

From flooring to cabinets, and countertops to wall coverings, you’ll find what you need to beautify your home’s interior in West Michigan.

Home Furnishings

West Michigan furniture stores offer quality home furnishings to help you beautify your home interior and make it your own.

Professional Services

There are plenty of reliable professional services in West Michigan to help you with the needs of your home.

Farm Markets & U-Pick Farms

Find fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pies, and more at a West Michigan farm market or u-pick farm.

Electrical Services

Need a new home wired for electric or repairs to your homes current system? There are many reliable electricians in West Michigan.

Plumbing Supplies & Service

From installation of new water and sewer pipes to fixing a drip under the sink– plumbing supplies and service in West Michigan can help.

Landscaping & Gardening

Find landscaping experts and garden centers in West Michigan to help you improve your curb appeal, and for all your lawn and gardening needs.

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Jewelers

Whether you’re looking for a traditional setting or something more modern, there are many jewelers in West Michigan ready to assist you.

Event Services

Planning and organizing an event can be time-consuming. If it’s a cleaning service, decorators, or officiants- West Michigan has it.

Florists

Let the expert florists at West Michigan flower shops inspire the floral design for your event, available in any price range.

Venues

West Michigan offers a wide variety of venues, from churches to banquet halls to bed & breakfasts to the beach, for your wedding or event.

Salons

Look your best by scheduling an appointment at one of the stellar salons in West Michigan for tanning, nails, hair, spa amenities, and more.

Party Entertainment

West Michigan DJ’s and bands can set the tone for your upcoming event. On down time, there’s a variety of things to do along the lakeshore.

Photographers

When capturing memories of your celebration, you don’t want to leave the photos to chance. West Michigan has many talented photographers.

Formal Wear

Find the formal wear you need, including beautiful wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and handsome tuxedos for rent in West Michigan

Party Food & Beverage

Caterers, bar services, and bakers in West Michigan offer customized services for all occasions, from casual gatherings to elaborate weddings.

Lighthouses...

West Michigan Lighthouses

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

Ludington North Breakwater Light

Ludington’s North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

112-feet of lighthouse awaits you at the Ludington State Park! Take a tour and follow the winding staircase to the top!

White River Light Station

Built in 1875, this lighthouse is more than a century old and has an enormous amount of history to explore inside its museum.

Pentwater Pierhead Lights

The North and South Pierhead Lights are located in Pentwater along Lake Michigan and are rare pier range light systems along the Great Lakes.

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