1. Catch one of the Sunset Beach Bonfires planned this summer at Stearns Park Beach. Mark your calendars for June 25, July 23 and August 27 and join us for a celebration of our beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets! The best part is, they are free to attend. Just remember to bring your beach chairs and blankets!
2. Try SUP Boarding. With Lake Michigan and several inland lakes close by, there are plenty of places to try this trendy paddle sport.
3. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks from aboard the SS Badger. Taking a trip on the historic SS Badger is always a treat, but the 4th of July Shoreline Cruise is pretty special. It's a great celebration on the ship, capped off with a spectacular view of the fireworks over Lake Michigan!
4. Kayak the Pere Marquette River. This national scenic river is perfect for paddlers looking for a fun, easy paddle. There are several points of access and rentals along the river. Grab some friends and hit the river!
5. Get your Picture in front of the #LoveLudington logo. Located on the SE corner of the intersection of Ludington Avenue and Robert Street, this new artwork added last summer is the perfect backdrop for your vacation pictures! Be sure to tag your photo on social media #loveludington.
6.Explore the area's history along the Mason County Lumber Heritage Trail. This self-guided, interactive tour of Ludington's lumber baron homes and historic locations is a great way to explore new places and learn about our rich history. Download the Pure Ludington mobile app for more self-guided tours with directions (Apple & Android keyword: Pure Ludington).
7. Take Charterboat fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Known as the #1 Salmon Fishing Port in Michigan, fishing in Ludington is a great experience for groups and families looking for some adventure. Fishing on the "big lake" is a memorable experience, and our fleet of charterboat captains is all about hospitality and sending you home with a big catch. Once you get your fish cleaned up, take it to one of our Catch-n-Cook restaurants, where they will prepare a meal with your catch.
8. Hike to Big Sable Lighthouse at Ludington State Park. If you love lighthouses, this is definitely one to visit. Plus, it's a great excuse to check out one of Michigan's top state parks, Ludington State Park. Open daily through October, you can climb to the top of the lighthouse and take a memento home from the gift shop. If the 2-mile hike to the lighthouse isn't your thing, mark your calendars for one of the Bus Days, when for a small fee you can get a lift out to the lighthouse and back.
9. Try a flight of Michigan's craft beers at The Mitten Bar. Recognized as one of the Top 50 Beer Bars in the US three years in a row by DRAFT Magazine, this craft beer destination is a must-see and do when visiting Ludington. The Mitten has 13 drafts of Michigan's finest craft beers on tap at any given time. This is also a great place for food and live music too!
10. Grab an ice cream cone and watch the kids play at Waterfront Playground. Located just blocks from Waterfront Park, you must stop at House of Flavors for an ice cream cone. It is the perfect sweet treat before heading to the park for some time at the playground.
11. Grab some grub on the deck at one of our many outdoor dining options. Summer is all about outdoor dining, and our restaurants have some great views to enjoy. Choose from rooftop decks to decks overlooking the harbor.
12. Relax with your toes in the sand at any one of our beautiful beaches. Vacation in Ludington wouldn't be complete without some relaxation and rejuvenation at the beach. With many beaches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect place to park your chair and stick your toes in the sand.