Michigan is home to 129 lighthouses, and if you enjoy scoping out these iconic beacons, you cannot miss a stop in Ludington. Two lights are located right here, and we have everything you need to know about what to see and how to get there.
Welcoming you to this freshwater coastal town is the North Breakwater Light, located at the entrance to the Ludington harbor. A favorite summertime activity among locals and visitors is to walk the pier for a chance to tour this 1924 beacon, which boasts a vibrant green hue from its tower at Stearns Park.
The Big Sable Lighthouse is located north of Ludington and accessed through the Ludington State Park. The 1867 lighthouse grounds are managed by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association, and volunteer keepers for both lighthouses have the opportunity to work and stay inside the Big Sable for the seven-month season.
Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds, tour the original keeper’s quarters, which have been converted into a gift shop, stroll along the sand dunes or climb the tower. Guests may hike 1.8 miles to the light or take advantage of one of the many Bus Days. Live afternoon concerts and tour guides entertain visitors who make the trip.
If you’re a lighthouse fan, stop by the SPLKA office, where you can get your lighthouse passport stamped, purchase an all-access pass for four area lighthouses and pick up a variety of memorabilia.
Todd and Brad Reed Photography
Lake Michigan and lighthouse enthusiasts can’t miss a stop at the gallery of Todd and Brad Reed Photography in Downtown Ludington. Get the perfect souvenir of your time in Ludington by choosing from one of the spectacular works by this local father and son duo.
Todd Reed has been photographing Michigan for 50 years and is considered by many to be one of the best landscape photographers in the United States. To commemorate this milestone, Todd and his team are publishing a large format, hardcover coffee table book that will highlight many aspects of his life and profession. The studio has a number of other photography books available, in addition to printed images, calendars, ornaments, puzzles and more.
Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast
If you're looking for a cozy place to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, consider the Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast. Centrally located along Ludington Avenue, it is walking distance to breweries and restaurants, as well as downtown boutiques and miles of hiking and biking trails.
The inn has five rooms that offer a variety of amenities based on your needs, and also provide a full, hearty breakfast each morning. The winter months at the Lamplighter are a special time, when guests can enjoy a unique, quiet fireside dinner, expertly prepared by a chef.
Give Lamplighter a call or reserve your room online and begin planning your visit to Ludington.