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Expand Your Knowledge with West Michigan's Education & Enrichment Opportunities

From preschool to art classes, and guitar lessons to continued learning opportunities; West Michigan has a wide variety of ways for people of all ages to learn new skills.

Sandcastles Children's Museum

Create… discover… explore. Featuring 4 levels of interactive exhibits that promote hands-on discovery and inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Newest exhibits include “Hola: Speaking Spanish” and “Michigan Woodlands”. Offering special summertime programs and daily themes. Visit our website for more information and current hours.

Instrumental Music & Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound has been a trusted provider of quality instruments and expert sound installation for over 40 years. Need a tune up or repair? Instrumental will get you jamming again. Interested in learning an instrument? Their instructors teach piano, guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele to all ages and skill levels.

Instrumental Music & Sound has been a trusted provider of quality instruments and expert sound installation for over 40 years. Need a tune up or repair? Instrumental will get you jamming again. Interested in learning an instrument? Their instructors teach piano, guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele to all ages and skill levels.

Ludington Area Center for the Arts

LACA is the center of the area's art scene, offering monthly exhibits, classes/workshops and live music. The art center is also home to a number of creative groups. LACA's gift shop features creative items from an array of local and Michigan artists. LACA hosts the West Shore Art Fair annually in July.

LACA is the center of the area's art scene, offering monthly exhibits, classes/workshops and live music. The art center is also home to a number of creative groups. LACA's gift shop features creative items from an array of local and Michigan artists. LACA hosts the West Shore Art Fair annually in July.

Dave has been playing guitar since 1994 and teaching since 1999. He has performed with bands of various genres, at wedding services, and in various projects at West Shore Community College. Dave has also written and recorded music for the American Music Awards eight different years. He has been called a “patient, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic instructor” by his students, and teaches at Instrumental Music & Sound in Ludington.

A nonprofit organization, the Pentwater Arts Council co-hosts the annual Blooming Art Garden Walk & Art Auction with the Garden Club of Pentwater. It also co-hosts the 4th Friday Night Gallery Strolls with local merchants.

Hart Historic District & Museum, 100 Union St., Hart, MI, 49420, (231) 873-7604

Historic White Pine Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI, 49431, (231) 843-4808

Ludington Youth Sailing School, at Ludington Yacht Club, 80 Second St., Ludington, MI, 49431

Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St., Manistee, MI, 49660, (231) 723-5531

Olde Kirk Museum, 304 Walnut St., Manistee, MI, 49660, (231) 398-9355

Pentwater Historical Society Museum, 85 S. Rutledge St., Pentwater, MI, 49449, (231) 720-0291

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, 217 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI, 49431, (231) 843-4808

Value of Sports Museum, (located at the Historic White Pine Village) 1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI, 49431, (231) 843-4808

West Shore Community College, 3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI, 49454, (231) 845-6211

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Convenience & Party Stores

Stop into a West Michigan party or convenience store to get your beverages, ice, snacks, lotto tickets, gas, and more.

Leelanau County – Things to Do

Whether you prefer a round of golf or perusing an art gallery, the communities in Leelanau County have things to do for everyone, including fun festivals and events.

Hamlin Lake – Food & Beverage

Hamlin Lake near Ludington boasts a restaurant/marina right on the water. Nearby inHamlin Lake in Ludington boasts a restaurant/marina on the water. Nearby in Ludington proper, there are lots of great food and beverages. Ludington proper, there are lots of great food/drinks.

Baldwin – Things to Do

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Baldwin, Michigan. Besides fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, enjoy fun events!

Pentwater – Things to Do

There’s plenty to do in Pentwater. Besides a beautiful beach, the Charles Mears State Park, and more, there are fun festivals and events!

Bed & Breakfasts

West Michigan’s bed & breakfasts offer amenities like delicious breakfasts, jacuzzi’s, and more, often in Victorian homes.

Pentwater – Food & Beverage

Pentwater has a variety of great restaurants, all locally owned and operated. Stop in for some food or a beverage in this quaint village.