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West Michigan
Things to Do

Let’s see–we have boating, fishing, swimming, golfing–and what else? There’s such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you’re in the West Michigan area! Tour Historic White Pine Village or enjoy a thrilling dune ride at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, or visit the popular Ludington State Park. Take the family out for a game of mini-golf, bowling, or catch a concert. You can’t leave the area without visiting one of the spectacular lighthouses of the region, and just catching the sunset over Lake Michigan is worth the trip. View the S.S. Badger carferry as it sails into or out of Ludington, or hop on board yourself for the four-hour trip across the big lake. Boredom is never a problem here in West Michigan!

Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals

Family-friendly fun on Lower Hamlin Lake! Rent a pontoon boat for pleasure or fishing. Also 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses,and picnic supplies. Also cottages for rent on the lake! For lodging, call: (231) 843-8481.

River Run Canoe Livery

Come paddle the scenic Pere Marquette, an easy flowing river for the whole family. Featuring Old Town kayaks, double kayaks, 3 seat canoes with cup holders and a cooler, tubes, and 4 person rafts. Equipment cleaned daily and we offer a variety of trips. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

Sunset Bluff Resort

Rent a 22' or 24' pontoon for $70/hour (four hour minimum), $475/day. 14' fishing boats with 10 hp motor, kayaks, and canoes also available. Enjoy a 3-4 hour canoe trip on the Big Sable River and Upper Hamlin Lake. We'll trailer your kayak or canoe...or rent ours for $10/hour. Important--please call for reservations.

Historic White Pine Village

"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time to experience pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Tour historic buildings in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Combo tickets with the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum available. Special events throughout summer and fall.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.

“Amber

Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, elk cows, spikers, and calves up close...a unique memory your family won't forget! Browse our gift shop, the Antler Shed. Don't miss the Saturday BBQ, also try our Premium Elk Meat and jerky!

Pere Marquette Expeditions, LLC

Call ahead for canoe, kayak, double kayak and SUP rentals. Launch here or take off-site! Rental rates on our website. Bait, tackle, and sport licenses available here. Huge selection of golf discs and accessories! Get your beer, wine, liquor, live bait, tackle, and camping supplies here! Open daily 6am-11:30pm.

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.

Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf

The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open 11am-10pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day, weather permitting. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.

The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open 11am-10pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day, weather permitting. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.

Golden Sands is a 9-hole golf adventure, open year-round, with four sets of tees and a driving range. Ask about lessons and our summer youth golf camp! Enjoy live music during the summer. The course and restaurant are family and pet friendly with plenty of outdoor seating! Book your tee-time or order your meal online.

Enjoy the Jam Farm's homemade jams, jellies and marmalades with over 50 different flavors! All fruit comes from the Jam Farm or local neighbors. No preservatives or artificial flavors! Homemade gift baskets are always available and are great for any occasion! Stop by the produce stand on the farm, grown by the Jamdude!

Mason County Campground - Disc Golf Course
(231) 845-7609 masoncounty.net 5906 W. Chauvez Rd., Ludington, MI 49431

Impressive, tranquil landscape of towering hardwood trees. The 72 goal, disc golf course proudly claims to be the third largest in the world. Enjoy the beautiful views playing this well maintained course. No matter what skill level you ascend to, there are courses perfect for you.

Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington, MI, 49431, (231) 845-7417

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North Country Trail

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

West Michigan Museums

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