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Ludington

4.5
State Parks · Lighthouses · Beaches
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,076. It is the county seat of Mason County.Ludington is a harbor town located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Many people come to Ludington year round for recreation, including boating and swimming on Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and other smaller inland lakes, as well as hunting, fishing, and camping. Nearby are Ludington State Park (which includes the Big Sable Point Light), Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Manistee National Forest. Ludington is also the home port of the SS Badger, a vehicle and passenger ferry with daily service in the summer across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Watching the Badger come into port in the evening from the end of the north breakwall by the Ludington lighthouse is a favorite local pastime.Ludington has multiple golf and disc golf courses, attracting numerous players. In summer, the city hosts quite a few large events. Examples are one of the largest Gus Macker basketball tournaments (with 35,500 spectators), the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival (July 4), the Lakestride Half Marathon in June, and the West Shore Art League's Art Fair. As a result of its many attractions (based on AAA's 2005 TripTik requests), Ludington is the fifth-most-popular tourist city in Michigan, behind Mackinaw City, Traverse City, Muskegon, and Sault Ste. Marie.
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State Park
Ludington State Park
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Stearns Park
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Ludington Waterfront Park
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Ludington

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National Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Empire
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Theme Park
Nelis' Dutch Village Holland
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Park
Windmill Island Gardens Holland
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ludington

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Children’s Museum
Sandcastles Children's Museum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ranch
Amber Elk Ranch
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Pere Marquette River
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Jam Farm
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Ludington

Lighthouse
Ludington North Breakwater Light
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Historic White Pine Village
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Father Jacques Marquette Shrine
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Ludington

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Park
Buttersville Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
Summit Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ludington

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Children’s Museum
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with Ludington

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