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A Perfect Day to Enjoy History, Art & Culture

Ludington’s local culture welcomes you to take a glimpse into our past and to indulge in the amenities of modern culture. As you explore and experience, you will come to understand the rich history of the lumbering and shipping industries common of our coastline community in the late 1800s and how it has influenced our modern-day society.

Morning: Port of Ludington Maritime Museum or Big Sable Lighthouse

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum is a state-of-the-art museum bringing history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and interactive exhibits that enlighten a deeper appreciation for the region’s maritime history. Three spectacular floors of exhibits make this a perfect way to spend half a day in Pure Ludington.

With volunteer manpower and 800 member donors, the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association is charged with maintaining four majestic lights on the east coast of Lake Michigan. Locally, 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 100 feet tall, climbing this historic beacon is a huge attraction at Ludington State Park.

Great eats that foodies will love

Blu Moon Bistro, Timbers Prime & Hideaway Bar, Scotty’s Restaurant, Sportsman’s Restaurant & Bar

Afternoon: Historic White Pine Village or Stroll historic streets

Visit Historic White Pine Village to experience the living-history of a late 19th- early 20th Century pioneer town. The village boasts of 30 historic buildings, including an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, tender car and flat car loaded with logs and headed toward the village’s working sawmill. This is a great experience for people of all ages, taking approximately 2-3 hours to explore the grounds. You’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy some of the other cultural sites in the area.

Stroll the streets of historic Downtown Ludington to enjoy the boutiques along Ludington Avenue and James Street for custom-printed t-shirts at Gordy’s Skate Co. and stunning Michigan photographs by Todd and Brad Reed. The small business owners of our downtown district work hard to deliver a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Situated right in the heart of it all, the crossroads of Ludington Avenue and James Street offers you au public space that is packed with shops, open space and rotating entertainment throughout the season. Legacy Plaza is a “must stop” when exploring downtown. The plaza was designed to honor the legacy of Native Americans and early settlers of Ludington.