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There's Fun for Everyone in Ludington!

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 beaches or 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! 

Places to Play in Ludington

Lie-a-Lot Charter Boat Fishing

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.

River Run Canoe Livery

Come paddle the scenic Pere Marquette, an easy flowing river for the whole family. Featuring Old Town kayaks, double kayaks, 3 seat canoes with cup holders and a cooler, tubes, and 4 person rafts. Equipment cleaned daily and we offer a variety of trips. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.

Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.

Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close...a unique memory your family won't forget! Browse our gift shop, the Antler Shed. Don't miss the Saturday BBQ, also try our Premium Elk Meat and jerky!

Experience the Pere Marquette River Lake Trail in a single kayak, canoe, double kayak, or SUP board. Rental rates on our website. Bait, tackle, and sport licenses available here.. Huge selection of golf discs and accessories! Get your beer, wine, liquor, live bait, tackle, and camping supplies here! Open daily 6am-11:30pm.

Create...discover...explore. Featuring 4 levels of interactive exhibits that promote hands-on discovery and inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Meet our new Bearded Dragon and explore our new Water Safety Exhibit. New ventilation system, sanitizing stations, and constant cleaning for a safe, fun experience. Check website for current hours.

LACA is the center of the area's art scene, offering monthly exhibits, classes/workshops and live music. The art center is also home to a number of creative groups. LACA's gift shop features creative items from an array of local and Michigan artists. LACA hosts the West Shore Art Fair annually in July.

Enjoy the Jam Farm's homemade jams, jellies and marmalades with over 50 different flavors! All fruit comes from the Jam Farm or local neighbors. No preservatives or artificial flavors! Homemade gift baskets are always available and are great for any occasion! Stop by the produce stand on the farm, grown by the Jamdude!

Renovated in 2017, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open noon-9pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.

We offer fast, friendly service plus clean, well maintained mini vans. Locally owned, commercially insured. Open 24/7. Delivery available, as well as long distance transportation. We accept time call reservations. Cheaper than a DUI. We don't monkey around with transportation.

Climb aboard Captain Doug Karakas' 28' Cherokee and get ready for the fishing experience of your life! Head out of Ludington's port aboard the E-Fish-N-Sea, equipped with up-to-date electronics, rods, reels, tackle. Captain Doug is fully-licensed, insured and trained in CPR & first aid. Over 30 years experience.

Visit Sunset Side Concessions at Stearns Park Beach! Menu includes burgers, hot dogs, a variety of sandwiches featuring roast turkey, soft pretzels, ice cream, candy, and caramel corn. Also deep fried Oreos, chips, and beverages. Located at both the north and south ends of the beach. Rent kayaks and paddleboards here.

Places to Play Around Ludington's Hamlin Lake

With boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and more, there’s a huge variety of things to keep you entertained while you’re in the Hamlin Lake area, just four miles north of Ludington!

Put your boat in the water at one of Hamlin Lake’s launches, or rent a boat and motor from a local marina, then explore Hamlin Lake’s beautiful shoreline from the water. Park your boat at the sand dunes for sunning and swimming on Hamlin’s northern beach or pull in at shore at the Ludington State Park for a picnic lunch and a leisurely hike on one of the marked trails.

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.

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 by boat. Available by the hour, day, week. Reservations suggested.

Celebrate your Bachelorette party the creative way by hosting a paint party with your friends! Pick a date, painting, and location, and we'll bring the supplies and provide full instruction. Choose a theme such as wine and paint to make it even more fun! With 10 or more guests, the Bachelorette paints free!

Family-friendly fun on Lower Hamlin Lake! Rent a pontoon boat for pleasure or fishing. Also 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses,and picnic supplies. Also cottages for rent on the lake! For lodging, call (231) 843-8481.

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.

Rent a 22' pontoon for $45/hour (two hour minimum), $375/day. 14', 8/10 hp motor fishing boats also available. Enjoy a 3-4 hour canoe trip on the Big Sable River and Upper Hamlin Lake. We'll trailer your kayak or canoe...or rent ours for $10/hour. Important--please call for reservations.

More Places to Play Nearby

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food and refreshments at Colonial Bar & Grille. Senior over 60 rates Monday-Thursday, after 3pm specials everyday. Fridays: $1 per hole, $1 sandwiches, drink specials, $1 per bucket of balls.

Put your short game to the test in Oceana County's original 18-hole public golf course, featuring the best greens since 1962. The score counts when playing our small, quick, smooth rolling greens. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kayak/canoe/raft/SUP board rentals and vehicle spotting on the relaxing Pere Marquette River, 9 miles east of Ludington. Clean equipment, friendly service, and 41 campsites on the riverbank! The PM River has excellent seasonal salmon fishing. Our tackle shop will handle of all your salmon and steelhead needs! Find us on Facebook.

Discover The Princess...a 65’ passenger vessel certified by the USCG to carry 150 passengers. Public/private cruises for offshore viewing of sand dunes, beaches, Manistee's scenic Riverwalk, Big Point Sable Lighthouse, and numerous other historic sites. Private cruises for weddings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of life, or any occasion.

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