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Activities & Attractions

Biking in West Michigan

Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is situated at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula within, about eight miles north of the town of Northport.

Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Mason County Cultural Trails

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

North Country Trail

Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

Scottville Clown Band

The colorful attire and crazy antics of the Scottville Clown Band amuse people, but they also have extraordinary musical talent.

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

The Pentwater River

The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Traverse City Opera House

The Traverse City Opera House has a 700-seat theater which offers a place for quality arts and cultural entertainment.

Value of Sports Museum

Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.

West Michigan Arts Scene

West Michigan is home to numerous artists with so many different talents. Groovy music, vivid paintings, gorgeous photography, and more!

West Michigan Camping

No matter how you camp, you’ll find a West Michigan campground nearby that has everything you need to make your vacation stress-free and fun.

West Michigan Lighthouses

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

West Michigan Museums

West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

Current Events

Festivals & Events Calendar

Festivals and Calendar of Events for Ludington, Manistee, Scottville, Pentwater, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and Baldwin in West Michigan.

Fishing Tournaments & Events

West Michigan fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.

Hart Winterfest

The annual Hart Winterfest includes fun activities like a broomball tournament, soup walk, ice fishing tournament, and more.

Races in West Michigan

West Michigan is a popular location for various races and runs… including the Lakestride Half Marathon and the Lighthouse Triathlon.

Winterfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Winterfest includes many family friendly events including fishing tournaments, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.

Events in Grand Traverse County

National Cherry Festival

National Cherry Festival

This nationally renowned festival includes eight days of air shows, concerts, parades, food tastings, arts/crafts show, and fireworks.

Events in Ludington

Earth Day Events

Each April, AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) hosts an annual Earth Day event in Ludington.

Fish on for Freedom

“Fish on For Freedom” is a non-profit event that provides a free day of fishing to military veterans on Lake Michigan.

Ludington Lake Jump

Each April, area residents and businesses take pledges and try to raise as much money as possible for the Ludington Lake Jump.

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon

The Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon takes place each summer in downtown Ludington, where Ludington Avenue ends right at Stearns Park Beach.

Ludington Petunia Parade

During the summer is the Petunia Parade in Ludington featuring 30,000 petunias lining Ludington Avenue and the marina.

Ludington State Park Events

The Ludington State Park holds events year-round. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Michigan’s most popular state park!

Ludrock Events

Ludrock Nation is an organization presenting events: Ludrock, Girls Rock, Ludrock All Stars, Night of Fright to benefit other non-profits.

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest

Beer, cider, wine, and more are at this wintertime festival! Stay warm with heaters and a large tent for shelter while you enjoy!

Spring CommUNITY Auction

The Annual Spring CommUNITY Auction benefits the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce and the MCC Educational Foundation.

West Shore Art Fair

The annual West Shore Art Fair is managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and is held each July at Rotary Park.

Events in Pentwater

Oktoberfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Oktoberfest features a variety of activities for all ages and interests including the Classic Car and Hot Rod Show and Cruise.

Pentwater Arts & Crafts Fairs

Pentwater is known for its art galleries, antiques shops and boutiques, so expect some great finds at their summer arts and crafts fairs.

Winterfest in Pentwater

Pentwater’s Winterfest includes many family friendly events including fishing tournaments, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.

Events in Scottville

Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration

The Scottville Harvest Festival and Scottville Summer Fest are now one event called the “Scottville 10 + 31 Celebration”, held each August.

Scottville Fall Celebration

The City of Scottville has created a new event in 2021 called the Scottville Fall Celebration which will include many activities downtown.

Events in Silver Lake

Events in the Manistee Area

Arcadia Daze

Annually, late in July, the Village population soars with attendees and participants in the annual Arcadia Daze celebration.

Bear Lake Days

Bear Lake has a variety of activities for Bear Lake Days each July. Events include parade, fireworks, car show, kids activities, and more.

Boos, Brews, & Brats

The Manistee Elks hosts activities for the whole family at Boos, Brews, & Brats in conjunction with their annual Halloween Party.

Brethren Days

The Village of Brethren is located in Dickson Township about 15 miles east of Manistee. Brethren Days is held over Labor Day weekend.

Kaleva Days

Kaleva holds a festival in mid-July which includes ,softball tournament, car show, pony rides, parade, arts and crafts, fireworks, and more.

Manistee Arts & Crafts Fairs

Summertime means outdoor arts and crafts fairs, and communities in Manistee County often include these fairs as part of their festivals.

Manistee County Fair in Onekama

The Manistee County Fair happens each August at the Onekama Fairgrounds along Portage Lake on M-22 with rides, food, entertainment, and more!

Manistee Forest Festival

The annual Manistee National Forest Festival in July features fireworks, parades, and family entertainment in Manistee, Michigan!

Manistee Movies in the Park

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Manistee’s Ghost Ship

One notable highlight of the Halloween season in Manistee is the popular Ghost Ship, the S.S. City of Milwaukee, docked off Arthur Street.

Onekama Days

Each August, the “Two Lake Town” of Onekama near Manistee hosts it’s annual Onekama Days celebration with fun for the whole family.

Tight Lines for Troops

Grab snacks, chairs, and blankets to enjoy a family friendly movie at Manistee’s beautiful First Street Beach near the Rotary Gazebo.

Family & Community Stories

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Home & Garden Living

When it comes to beautifying your home and garden, look no further than these West Michigan businesses to help you make them amazing!

Beautiful home and garden

Home and Garden Information

Our home and garden information directory lists West Michigan businesses plus articles about home improvement – indoors and outdoors.

Lakeshore Family Guide

Your Guide to All Things Family in West Michigan. The communities along the lakeshore of West Michigan are ideal places to raise a family.

Pet Support Organizations

Mason County has numerous organizations that are dedicated to finding homes for stray animals, caring for animals, and supporting pet owners.

Featured West Michigan Businesses

Bela Floral of Ludington

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort

Located within the Manistee National Forest, Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort specializes in relaxing vacations and great camping experiences.

Photo by Ann on Unsplash

Colonial Golf Course

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole, 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments available.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

Dusty’s has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on vehicles of all sizes, including motorhomes and RV’s.

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Jolly Plate

Stop in to the Jolly Plate for a homemade, delicious meal sourced by local farms and businesses right in Mason County!

Lakeside Links Golf Course

Just minutes from Lake Michigan you’ll find Ludington’s favorite golfing destination for residents and visitors, Lakeside Links Golf Club.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Photo by Joshua Rodriguez on Unsplash

Ludington Taxi

Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

Mason County Democrats

The Mason County Democratic Party is an organization committed to supporting the Democratic Party efforts in Mason County and beyond.

MD Home Services of Ludington

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

Photo by Allan Nygren on Unsplash

Oceana Golf Club of Shelby

Since 1962, this is Oceana County’s original 18-hole public course. Oceana Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the area.

Pere Marquette Lake House

Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.

Petri Gallery

Nestled in the quaint harbor village of Pentwater, Petri Gallery is a feast for the art lover’s eyes. Now with 2 locations.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun of Ludington

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Spuller Concrete of Ludington

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

TJ’s Pub of Manistee

Enjoy a drink or light meal at T.J.’s Pub, inside the lower level of the cozy and historic Ramsdell Inn, downtown Manistee.

Willow by the Lake Resort

Enjoy clean, affordable cottages at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.

Yada Yada Resale

Yada Yada Resale Store in Ludington offers used clothing, used furniture, children’s toys and much much more! Great stuff for a great cause!

Ziehm L.P. Gas

Ziehm L.P. Gas has been serving customers of Mason and Oceana counties and surrounding areas for over 50 years with propane.

Featured Businesses - Lodging

Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort

Located within the Manistee National Forest, Cabin Fever Round Lake Resort specializes in relaxing vacations and great camping experiences.

Pere Marquette Lake House

Upper level, 3 bedroom rental home. View sunrise over Pere Marquette Lake and sunset over Lake Michigan from the sprawling wrap-around deck.

Willow by the Lake Resort

Enjoy clean, affordable cottages at Willow by the Lake Resort on Hamlin Lake in West Michigan. Located just north of Ludington.

Featured Businesses - Food & Beverage

Jolly Plate

Stop in to the Jolly Plate for a homemade, delicious meal sourced by local farms and businesses right in Mason County!

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

The Market

The Market is located at Stiles and US-10. It’s a one-stop shop for fresh produce, landscaping products, farmhouse decor, and more.

TJ’s Pub of Manistee

Enjoy a drink or light meal at T.J.’s Pub, inside the lower level of the cozy and historic Ramsdell Inn, downtown Manistee.

Featured Businesses - Services

Bela Floral of Ludington

Bela Floral takes pride in choosing only the freshest, highest quality flowers, and your satisfaction is their number one priority.

Dusty’s Auto Body and Detail

Dusty’s has over 30 years experience in state-of-the-art collision repair/detailing on vehicles of all sizes, including motorhomes and RV’s.

Instrumental Music and Sound

Instrumental Music & Sound is your local source for instruments and music accessories, repairs, sound system installation, and music lessons.

Photo by Joshua Rodriguez on Unsplash

Ludington Taxi

Ludington Taxi has existed for over 15 years and is commercially insured. They offer friendly, 24/7 service, and clean, well-run vehicles.

Ludington Truck Tops

Ron Soberalski has built Ludington Truck Tops with hard work and honesty. From running boards to tonneau covers, Ron has you covered.

Mason County Democrats

The Mason County Democratic Party is an organization committed to supporting the Democratic Party efforts in Mason County and beyond.

MD Home Services of Ludington

MD Home Services owner Mike Darke has 18 years of construction experience. Licensed/insured. Serving Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties.

Petri Gallery

Nestled in the quaint harbor village of Pentwater, Petri Gallery is a feast for the art lover’s eyes. Now with 2 locations.

Pierrot Hair Design

Pierrot Hair Design in downtown Ludington specializes in hair cuts, color, highlighting, keratin hair-straightening, and perms.

Safari Sun of Ludington

Safari Sun in Ludington has everything you need under one roof. They offer tanning, all hair services, nails, facials, waxing, and more.

Spuller Concrete of Ludington

Kevin Spuller has been in the business for over 40 years and is one of the best in West Michigan when it comes to working with concrete!

Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on unsplash

The Jam Farm

The Jam Farm in Ludington is the place to get all the best homemade jams, jellies, butters, marmalades, and other homemade goodies!

Yada Yada Resale

Yada Yada Resale Store in Ludington offers used clothing, used furniture, children’s toys and much much more! Great stuff for a great cause!

Ziehm L.P. Gas

Ziehm L.P. Gas has been serving customers of Mason and Oceana counties and surrounding areas for over 50 years with propane.

Featured Businesses - Play

Photo by Ann on Unsplash

Colonial Golf Course

Beautiful 27 hole, 6900 yard par 72 Colonial, and 9 hole, 1600 yard par 30 Heritage. Huge driving range, food & refreshments available.

Lakeside Links Golf Course

Just minutes from Lake Michigan you’ll find Ludington’s favorite golfing destination for residents and visitors, Lakeside Links Golf Club.

Lie-A-Lot Charters

Lie-A-Lot Charters offers the finest charter boat fishing experience on Lake Michigan with captain Mike Darke.

Photo by Allan Nygren on Unsplash

Oceana Golf Club of Shelby

Since 1962, this is Oceana County’s original 18-hole public course. Oceana Golf Club is known for having the best greens in the area.

Festivals & Events

Annual Tree & Plant Sales

Every year, the Mason-Lake Conservation District offers sales for tree seedlings and for native plants. Take advantage of this great service!

Arcadia Daze

Annually, late in July, the Village population soars with attendees and participants in the annual Arcadia Daze celebration.

Art Prize in Grand Rapids

Explore the City of Grand Rapids as it fills with hundreds of pieces of art. From photography to sculptures and paintings.

Bear Lake Days

Bear Lake has a variety of activities for Bear Lake Days each July. Events include parade, fireworks, car show, kids activities, and more.

Boos, Brews, & Brats

The Manistee Elks hosts activities for the whole family at Boos, Brews, & Brats in conjunction with their annual Halloween Party.

Brethren Days

The Village of Brethren is located in Dickson Township about 15 miles east of Manistee. Brethren Days is held over Labor Day weekend.

Fall

Find good fun like scenic color tours, hayrides, corn mazes, and many family activities during the fall in West Michigan.

Family Friendly Events

Current family-friendly events in West Michigan, great, fun, things to do for kids of all ages! Fun for the whole family!

Festivals & Events Along the Pere Marquette River

All year long, there are activities going on in the Scottville area to keep everyone happy. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty of great events to keep you coming back. Boredom is never a problem here!

Festivals & Events Calendar

Festivals and Calendar of Events for Ludington, Manistee, Scottville, Pentwater, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and Baldwin in West Michigan.