Sticking closer to home this Spring Break? No problem. Ludington has you covered with ideas for getting to the lakeshore and enjoying our natural resources, in addition to indoor activities to keep your family busy and engaged during spring break.
Whether you are traveling to Ludington or enjoying a staycation, here are some things you can plan during your time off from work and school.
1. Take Advantage of a Spring Deal
Ludington hotels and bed & breakfasts are making it easy to get away on an economical family trip. Through April 29, when you stay one night, you’ll receive 50 percent off the second-night’s stay (valid Sunday - Thursday). Play in a pool, relax in a hot tub, or simply unwind in a cozy room after a day of exploring in Ludington. Find these deals here.
2. Break out the Bikes
Ludington is home to a 10-mile bicycle loop in town that will take you through three local parks. These are ideal for beginning riders and families. You can also check out the 4 miles of paved trails at the Ludington State Park. All locations are beautifully forested and provide views of area waterways.
3. Go for a Hike
If you’ve never seen the Big Sable Lighthouse, now is the time to go. Inside the state park, a 1.8-mile trek will take you to a scenic spot on Lake Michigan where the views are unmatched. Look for info here.
Another location that is perfect for exploring is the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area north of Ludington. This ecosystem is picturesque with interdunal ponds, hiking trails and spectacular Lake Michigan beach area.
4. Learn Something New
Want to know more about Ludington? Take a look at these online activities for families.
The Mason County Historical Society, who manages Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, provides a bevy of online resources and interactive experiences on its virtual education page, including Historical Photo Detective, Mason Memories essay, virtual history hunts, outdoor scavenger hunts, and journaling ideas.
Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) offers online activities on these topics: The Properties of the Light (Lesson Plans on the Fresnel Lens), video of author Pamela Cameron reading her book "Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes," virtual tour of Big Sable Point Light, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse Virtual Escape Room.
5. Check Out an Animal Encounter
Get up close and personal with the animals at Lewis Adventure Farm & Petting Zoo, just south of Ludington in New Era. Beginning April 2, you can schedule an experience with a kangaroo, sloth or lemur! Learn how to safely feed and interact with these animals with the zoo’s knowledgeable staff. Learn more here.
6. Get Creative
Grab a takeout art kit from the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and create something new! Each box includes all of the materials and many of the supplies needed to complete the project, as well as written instructions and a link to an online tutorial.
7. Try Disc Golf
Did you know? Mason County boasts six disc golf courses: Mason County Park with three 24-hole courses, including Goliath (3rd 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. Disc golf is a wonderful way to get outdoors, spend time with your family and try something new!
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