129 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431, United States
Sandcastles Children's Museum
Five short city blocks from the Inn at Ludington lies the Sandcastles Children's Museum. Here you can bring your children for play and music and instructions and special events ( calendar ) - check out the home page here.
Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Special Holiday Hours:
Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th we are opened 9:30 am-5:00 pm.
8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, United States
Ludington State Park
Known as the most popular state park in Michigan for its abundant natural resources and endless activities, the Ludington State Park offers a vacation within itself.
Ludington has so much to offer its residents and visitors, but our most popular draw is the 5,300 acres that lie just north of town, known as the Ludington State Park. The park opened on August 15, 1936, and is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2016. This wonderful area of land is not just for camping--it's a haven for hikers, fishermen, bikers, or anyone who loves what nature has to offer. Here you'll discover sand dunes with spectacular views, hardwood forests, marshlands, and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The state park is a vacation within itself, with special programs offered in the summer.
The Ludington State Park is open daily from 8am-10pm.
Courtesy of http://www.visitludingtonstatepark.com , please visit site for more info
5611 N Lighthouse, Ludington, MI 49431
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Nestled among jack pines, just a quick two mile walk along a breathtaking trail, stands Big Sable’s noble black and white tower. At over one hundred feet tall, this historic beacon is a huge attraction for its owner, Ludington State Park. The 1867 lighthouse and grounds are operated by SPLKA, (Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association) a non-profit which proudly manages three historic lighthouses within a thirty mile stretch of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Since 1987, their mission has been the restoration, preservation, education and accessibility of their lighthouse charges. SPLKA also operates a Volunteer Keepers program which allows its members the opportunity to live and work within the lighthouses completely free of charge during the seven month season, May-October. 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.
For times and special events checkout http://splka.org/lights.html
North Pier, Ludington, MI 49431
Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse
Just a short 15 minute walk from the Inn at Ludington stands the Ludington North Breakwater Light, another charge of SPLKA’s and a partner with the City of Ludington. This 1924 light is also open for tours and tower climbs and boasts a vibrant green light from its tower. The Breakwater Light is at the end of a half mile walk down the pier, and is exquisite in its design. Volunteer Keepers are welcome at this light as well, and enjoy living accommodations just within Ludington State Park.
For hours and special events check out http://splka.org/ludingtonbreak.html
287 N Lighthouse Dr, Mears, MI 49436
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Just south of Ludington is a magical world of seventy foot sand dunes and evergreen forests. Here, burrowed amidst the Silver Lake State Park sand dunes, stands the spectacular Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Easily the busiest of these three lights, the 1874 tower stands alone at the base of Lake Michigan, over a hundred feet tall and still harboring its original 3rd order Fresnel lens. In 2010, thanks to a Federal Coastal Zone Management grant, the Pathways to Illumination project was completed. This well-paved pathway leads through what once was a steep dune that inhibited many visitors from making it to the light. Here you’ll find more friendly SPLKA Volunteer Keepers welcoming you to climb the tower and take in the extraordinary views of forest and dunes that surrounds you. All towers may be climbed for the small price of $2 for children and $5 for adults. Educational tours are available by appointment, and are warmly received by staff and volunteers who love to share their Michigan maritime knowledge.
For times and special events see http://splka.org/littlesable.html
114 W Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431, United States
Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Michigan's award-winning father-son photography team owns and operates a gallery in Ludington, Michigan that showcases the power and beauty of four seasons of Michigan splendor.
An online gallery of their work is available at http://www.toddandbradreed.com/lightbox/gallery/index.html
2700 Orchard Highway Manistee, Michigan 49660
Little River Casino
Just a short 30 miles north from the Inn at Ludington lies Little River Casino, where loads of BIG FUN is waiting for you. Located at the corner of US-31 and the M-22 in Manistee, the casino features over 1,300 slots and video poker games, along with popular table games like blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and more.
Owned by Little River Band of Ottawa Indians the casino has grown in popularity and size over the years to where today it is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the mid-west.
For concerts and special events click here
Ludington Ave East (US-10) to US-31 North and turn left on M-22 (Orchard Hwy).
1687 South Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, MI 49431, United States
Historic White Pine Village
Visitors have been coming to the Village since 1976 to see and experience what life was like more than 100 years ago in Mason County. Visitors can tour 30 buildings and sites displaying items from Mason County’s past. Among the many buildings are a Trappers Cabin, the original Court House for Mason County, a General Store, and Farmstead, Maritime, Lumbering, and Time Museums.
Historic White Pine Village is open May through September. For more information see the home page here
701 Maritime Drive Ludington, MI 49431
SS Badger Carferry
Experience Amazing... A National Historic Landmark!
Less than a mile away from the Inn is SS Badger Michigan-Wisconsin Carferry dock with daily sailings to and from Manitowoc. Very many of our guests either arrive from the ferry or are departing with the ferry and we cater to ferry departures with a 7:15 AM full breakfast to get you on your way on time for the 9 AM morning departure. We also monitor carferry arrivals and are notified about delays (very rare actually).
If you are not leaving with the ferry it is still a very worthwhile thing to do to go down to Marina Park and watch the impressive turn around the ship does when it arrives, dropping the anchor and pivoting around on the anchor rode before backing in to the dock.
The S.S. Badger will be the highlight of your vacation and make fun memories forever!
Schedules and ticket sales can be found here
Manistee National Forest
Pere Marquette RIver Fishing
Michigan arguably boasts the best runs of migratory salmon and steelhead on the best rivers in the lower 48 - bar none! Within a 40 mile radius, western Michigan is home to the trifecta of rivers; the Pere Marquette, the Mighty Muskegon, and the Big Manistee. We are front and center-stage of this geographical, epic fishing arena. Whether it's the tenacious battles of king salmon, the acrobatic, hard runs of Michigan steelhead fishing, or the more delicate throwing of a dry fly for brown trout, we offer it all. We cordially open the door to some of the most rod-bending power these fish have to offer.