Ludington is one of Michigan's top vacation destinations, and it's no secret why! Hundreds of families head to Ludington for the countless number of activities, sure to please adults and kids alike.
Sand & Sun Fun
Kids can be entertained for hours with a day at the beach, and Ludington has miles of clean, safe beaches where you'll never feel crowded. Stearns Park Beach, right at the end of Ludington Avenue, is a popular choice, and features a playground, restrooms, concessions, mini golf, shuffleboard, and the Ludington Skate Plaza.
Hamlin Lake is bordered on the west by the Ludington State Park and on the east by multiple resorts that offer cabins and cottages for families and large groups. Pontoon, fishing, and speed boats are available for rent, and the State Park also has canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats for a great day on the water.
Waterfront Park in downtown Ludington is a wonderful place for families to spend time. You'll find a nice, safe playground, scenic walkways with benches, restrooms, and nine bronzed sculptures that each tells their own story. Golf is a great family activity, and Ludington has all varieties here--2 public golf courses, 3 mini golf locations, and six disc golf courses.
About 20 minutes south of Ludington are the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Here you can take a guided jeep tour across the rolling terrain. Or drive yourself, but with caution, as these are shifting sand dunes and constantly changing. The Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located within the Silver Lake State Park, and completes your lighthouse tour from "point to point."
Looking for more competitive outdoor fare? Visit AJ's Family Fun Center on US 10 for fun with mini golf, bumper boats, and go karts. Did someone say Mini Golf? The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course
at Stearns Park is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen this summer with a whole new, modern look!
Rainy Day Fun
Don't let a little liquid sunshine keep you from enjoying your stay! There's many options for fun, indoor in Ludington, as well...
Sandcastles Children's Museum
is a wonderful place to bring kids during the summer months. Have fun at Messy Mondays and Fun Fridays, along with a Climbing Wall, an actual Cessna 172 and Construction Zone. They're open every day for the summer season from May-August.
South of Ludington and along Lakeshore Drive is Historic White Pine Village
, set on 23 acres overlooking Lake Michigan. It depicts life as it was in the early 1900s with historic buildings and artifacts to explore. Within the Village you'll find a gift shop and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, along with 29 historic buildings.
Visit the newly opened Maker's Market, a community workshop where you and the kids can do a "Pop-In Project" or spend the day working on your ongoing project for a nominal fee.
The Mason County District Library
has embraced children with its wide array of summer programs, designed to entertain and teach. They offer Crafts for Kids, Summer Reading Program, Story Times, Magic Shows, and a Mobile Planetarium. The library celebrates the holidays with parties at Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.
Carmike Cinema offers eight different movies to choose from, and Ludington also has a Family Video for your movie rental needs. McDonald's and Burger Kind also have indoor playlands, always popular with the little ones.
Free Family Events
You don't have to break the bank to have a great time with your kids in Ludington. Between free music, festivals, and other vents, there's great fun to be had "on the cheap" here!
Summer is filled with free concerts of many genres, from jazz to Christian to the wildly outrageous Scottville Clown Band
! The annual Rhythm & Dunes Concerts
at Waterfront Park features great music in a beautiful setting. Other summertime activities are Friday Night Live
, Movies in the Park
, Sunset Bonfires
, the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival
, and art fairs
Indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, Ludington has the fun you’re looking for to make a memorable family vacation!
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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.