Ludington, Michigan, is a small town and the seat of Mason County. People stay at cottages, houses and cabins in Ludington so that they can enjoy the harbor at Lake Michigan where the Pere Marquette River empties. Visitors also come to enjoy the smaller inland lakes and all of the recreational opportunities that they provide. Cottages in Ludington offer amenities such as private decks and patios, lakefront access and views, fireplaces and central air conditioning for a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Boating and sailing are two of the most popular outdoor activities around Ludington. In the summertime, you can rent a canoe and go fishing or swimming in Lake Michigan. Ludington State Park offers year-round trails for hiking and walking. In the winter, the park has specific areas for sledding and cross-country skiing. Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness is a popular summertime destination, especially for people who enjoy flying kites, as strong breezes come in off Lake Michigan. You could also take a short drive and stay at cabins at Sleeping Bear Dunes after a busy day of exploring these spectacular sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Ludington is home to several buildings and monuments of historic and cultural importance. The Mason County Courthouse is the centerpiece of Ludington's downtown area and offers late 19th century architecture throughout its solid red brick walls. Another historic site to explore is the Ludington Light, which is a lighthouse located at Ludington's pier. This working lighthouse has been in service for more than 100 years. If you enjoy visiting lighthouses, take a trip to stay at cottages in Mackinaw City, where you can explore lighthouses on the Lake Huron shoreline as well.
The community of Ludington hosts a variety of events each year that are great for sports enthusiasts, families and artists. The annual Gus Macker basketball tournaments are popular among young athletes and their families, with more than 35,000 participants coming to town each spring. The annual West Shore Art League's Art Fair, held during the summertime, is a juried art show that includes demonstrations and live music. If you enjoy festivals, spend a night at house rentals in Southwest Michigan in spring and visit the Holland Tulip Festival.
Ludington experiences cold winters, with average January daytime temperatures in the upper 20s. Summers are mild, with typical daytime July temperatures about 80 degrees. The best time to visit Ludington is during the autumn months of September and October, while the air and water temperatures are still warm and the seasonal changes cause the deciduous trees to turn colors. If you prefer wintertime activities, consider visiting in late February to early March, when there is still snow but temperatures have moderated from their seasonal lows.
You can get to Ludington by driving your own private car or a rental car. US 10 enters the city from the east, connecting to Bay City in Michigan's Thumb. US 31 is the primary north to south route, and MI 116 connects to Ludington State Park. You can also use the ferry service through the SS Badger, which crosses Lake Michigan to Wisconsin. If you prefer to fly to Ludington, you can use Manistee County-Blacker Airport (MBL) in nearby Manistee. This airport is about 35 miles from Ludington, so you would need to arrange for ground transportation such as a rental car to get you the rest of the way into the city.