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Make a Trip on the Carferry Part of Your Family Getaway

Experience a legacy on Lake Michigan. The SS BADGER offers historically fun, relaxing nautical adventures. History is trending! Set sail on an adventure like no other on board the BADGER during a four-hour Lake Michigan crossing to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Relax on the open-air deck, enjoy lunch or dinner in the galley or take part in a game of famous Badger Bingo!

The voyage to Wisconsin is just as much part of the experience as the destination.


A Legacy on the Lake, the SS BADGER is the only passenger steamship still in operation in the United States. Its history spans nearly 70 years, with Ludington as its home port. Originally designed to transport railroad cars, this grand ship and the people who serve her have successfully adapted to the changing world since she first entered service in 1953. 

A trip on the BADGER is a family-friendly adventure and getaway. Bring your car, truck, motorcycle or RV - even a group - and start creating your family memories. Kids may enjoy the gaming room, scavenger hunts, a movie theater and traditional board games. Adults will appreciate the full-service bar including Bloody Mary’s, the BADGER Boatique Gift Shop, museum, staterooms and lounging areas. The spacious deck allows voyagers to soak up the sunshine while sipping a cocktail, reading a book and visiting with friends. 


The SS BADGER also offers several shoreline cruises, which are two-hour evening voyages off the coast of Ludington. Experience the shoreline like never before on a one-of-a-kind cruise that is fun for all ages.

Ludington shoreline cruises are offered on June 12, July 4, July 31 and August 21 (9-11 p.m.). Space is limited, so you'll want to save your seat ahead of time.

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If traveling across Lake Michigan, there are endless, can’t-miss places to explore when you get to Wisconsin! Rent a cabin, sample local cheese, take in a concert, explore the endless natural wonders of the state, and make a big splash at America’s largest waterpark, Wisconsin Dells.

You won’t want to miss these unique opportunities aboard the SS BADGER! Plan your nautical road trip today!

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