POINTS OF INTEREST
HISTORY AND LOCAL ICONS:
1.) SS BADGER: If you have never been to Ludington don't miss the sailings in and out of Port of the SS Badger. This is a favorite Ludington past time for residents and visitors alike. Gather at one of our local waterfront parks to watch the SS Badger as it arrives and departs the Ludington Harbor. It is truly a site to behold. http://www.ssbadger.com/newhome.aspx
2.) LIGHTHOUSES: In and around Ludington are 3 lighthouses open for tours throughout the season. The North Breakwater Light is located at Ludington's lakeshore and the Stearns Park Beach area. The Big Sable Lighthouse can be accessed to the north of the City. Also don't miss the Little Sable Lighthouse. You can find information at http://www.splka.org/
3.) PERE MARQUETTE MEMORIAL: Just across the Channel on Buttersville Peninsula you will see a large white cross. This cross is set in memory of the place of death of Father Marquette. Ludington is the Vatican certified place of Father Marquette's death. Ludington Lore: The hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" is said to be based on the original wood cross that marked the place of Father Marquettes death.
BEACHES AND PARKS:
1.) WATERFRONT PARK: Near our Municipal Marina you will find a wonderful park situated on Ludington's waterfront port area. This park boasts the Ludington Sculpture park as well as a playground and bandshell area where you will find summer concerts.
2.) STEARNS BEACH: Traveling west through the City of Ludington, you will see a large expanse of sand on the Western Shore. This is the Stearns Park Beach area. With its wonderfully maintained white sandy beaches, playgrounds, shuffle board, mini-golf, and new skate park, this is the place to go for summer fun in Ludington.
3.) CARTIER PARK: Also along the M-116 corridor to the North of Stearns Park Beach area is Cartier Park. Cartier Park Natural area and camping facility is situated on the Lincoln River. This 68 acre natural area is home to a one mile walking loop, the Cartier Park campground, Lincoln River access site and many acres of untouched natural forest area. If you are looking for a place to enjoy nature visit Cartier Park. http://www.cpcampground.com/new/index.php
4.) COPEYON PARK: Another of Ludington's Park areas can be found just over the Washington Avenue Bridge. Copeyon Park boasts a busy launching site, playground and great views of the Port of Ludington.
5.) LOOMIS STREET BOAT LAUNCH: Finding a place to launch your vessel into Lake Michigan is not hard in Ludington. The Loomis Street Boat launch can accommodate various sizes of boats, and with an extensive parking area, it is a great place to launch your Lake Michigan Adventure.
What are the launch parking fees?
Launch Parking Fees RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Daily $ 10.00 $10.00
Seasonal $ 30.00 $ 60.00
MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES:
1.) MASON COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY- LUDINGTON BRANCH: The Ludington Public Library started with the Ludington Library Association on April 9, 1872. On June 11, 1881, there was a major city fire and the library building burned to the ground, destroying all the library contents.Earnest interest to rebuild a new Ludington library was kept alive in the 1890's by a group of women that had an organization called the Pere Marquette Literary Club.They first made contact with Andrew Carnegie around 1903 concerning obtaining funds for the construction of a new library. In 1905 Ludington received one of the 53 grants given to Michigan communities from Andrew Carnegie for the construction of libraries. http://www.masoncounty.lib.mi.us/
2.) SANDCASTLES CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Sandcastles is a creative environment that encourages and inspires children and families to explore their world – offering hand-on discovery while stimulating creativity, curiosity and the love of learning. Located on the Avenue in Downtown Ludington. www.sandcastleschildrensmuseum.com
3.) LUDINGTON AREA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: The Ludington Area Center for the Arts was new to the Ludington Community in 2008. The Center hosts movies, exhibits, performances, and various functions to promote the arts in our area. http://www.ludingtonartscouncil.org/artcenter.html