Set at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River and along miles of Lake Michigan shoreline is the little harbor town of Ludington. Downtown Ludington provides endless shops and eateries, while its beaches and parks allow for endless outdoor adventures. You simply have to visit these Ludington attractions on your next Northern Michigan vacation.

Amber Elk Ranch

2688 W. Conrad Rd. | Ludington

World-class bull elk are truly a spectacle, as you’ll see on your visit to Amber Elk Ranch. Take a wagon-drawn tour through this 130-acre elk farm, or spend the afternoon in the petting zoo.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

8800 W. M-116  at Ludington State Park | Ludington

Two miles down a lovely Ludington State Park trail, you’ll happen upon a 100-foot-high lighthouse built in 1867. On your fascinating and breathtaking visit to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, you can stroll the grounds, climb the tower, or visit the beacon’s original keeper’s quarters.

Harbor View Marina

400 South Rath Ave. | Ludington

Just a short walk from the beach itself, this deep water marina boasts 160 slips for vessels from 600 to 100 feet. The Harbor View Marina also includes a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse open to its guests.

Historic White Pine Village

1687 South Lakeshore Dr. | Ludington

With over 29 museum buildings and sites contained in the Historic White Pine Village, this is an exciting and educational stop for the whole family. Self-guided tours include an expanded farmstead area and a new lumber camp complex.

The Jam Farm 

5075 W. Meisenheimer Rd. | Ludington

You’ll find this Michigan fruit farm less than a mile from Lake Michigan. Using only local fruit and heirloom recipes, this neat little stand offers homemade jams, granola, dip mixes, and bread mixes for purchase.

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

107 S. Harrison | Ludington

Built around ideas of the arts and their impact on community culture and well-being, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is a community arts organization and facility working to cultivate musical, visual, performance, culinary, literary arts, and more.

Ludington Municipal Marina

400 W. Filer St. | Ludington

Just minutes from downtown Ludington, this deep water marina offers dockside water, electrical, cable, and free wifi. In addition, boaters are also welcome to enjoy a day room with TV, washer and dryer, kitchenette, coffee, and bathrooms complete with showers.

North Breakwater Lighthouse

Stearns Park Beach | Ludington

Down shore from Big Sable and at the end of a half-mile walk down its own pier, you’ll come to the North Breakwater Lighthouse. Built in 1924, this lighthouse provides stunning views and is open for tours and tower climbs.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum

129 E. Ludington Ave. | Ludington

Sandcastles Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum with over 25 interactive exhibits including aviation, the Amazon, Egypt, a climbing wall and more. A day at the museum is sure to be equal-parts exciting and educational.

The S.S. Badger

701 Maritime Dr. | Ludington

The S.S. Badger is one of Ludington’s most unique attractions and serves as Lake Michigan’s car ferry. This 410-foot vessel is seven stories tall and can accommodate over 620 passengers, 180 automobiles, tour buses, RVs, motorcycles, and commercial trucks. Each season, the S.S. Badger makes its 60-mile trip over 500 times.

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