With summer officially here, visitors still have time to plan a Northern Michigan vacation to the beachfront resort community of Ludington—and plenty to do once they arrive, despite some modifications due to precautions from COVID-19.

Like many tourist destinations across the country, Mason County has had to modify its offerings, including canceling some large events like the Fourth of July Freedom Festival Parade and Fireworks and closing attractions that don’t allow for social distancing.

Below is a list of Ludington’s signature events and attractions continuing as planned, followed by those that have been modified, canceled or closed. Also, unless noted below, events in August and later are still being reviewed as to their status.

Click here for a full list of events, and check event websites directly before making travel plans.

Stay Safe Mason County Visitor Information

A Stay Safe Mason County campaign provides visitors with online information about how businesses in Ludington and surrounding Mason County are implementing safety practices in light of COVID-19. The campaign’s web portal, staysafemasoncounty.com, provides safety information about businesses such as lodging, dining and drinking, shopping, attractions and services.

Events Continuing as Planned (with some modifications for COVID-19)
Modified Events/Attractions (significantly altered operations to accommodate safety precautions)
Canceled Events
Closed Attractions
Independent Activities

In addition to organized events and activities, Mason County offers plenty of outdoor recreation spaces that allow safe social distancing:

  • Waterways – Mason County has 2,000 miles of streams, three rivers and more than 40 inland lakes in addition to its Lake Michigan shoreline.
  • Fishing – Ludington is the #1 salmon fishing port in Michigan, with more than 45 licensed charter boats available for hire through the Ludington Charter Boat Association.
  • Disc golf – Mason County boasts six disc golf courses: Mason County Park with three 24-hole courses, including Goliath (third largest course in the world); Leviathan in Ludington School Forest with two courses; Scottville Riverside Park with The Edge; and WSCC with par-3 Labyrinth.
  • Scenic drives – Mason County has a series of self-guided cultural trails: Agriculture, Barn Quilt, Lumber Heritage, Music Heritage, Maritime Heritage and Sculpture.

Photo(s) by Taylor Brown