The 66th season of the S.S. Badger is under way May 10, and you won’t want to miss the exciting things you can experience while crossing Lake Michigan from Ludington to Manitowoc. The four-hour trip offers activities for all ages, while allowing for breathtaking views of the expansive lake and dazzling shoreline.
Here are our favorite things aboard the steamship we hope you will enjoy too:
1. Awe-inspiring Views and Relaxing Atmosphere
There is no greater vantage point of the shorelines of Michigan and Wisconsin than coming into port aboard the S.S. Badger. While it’s technically a lake, Lake Michigan feels much more spacious like an ocean. The ship’s bow offers lounge chairs for relaxation, and the sounds of the waves make the greatest soundtrack to enjoy a book, a cocktail or even a nap. However you choose to enjoy your ride, the sights and sounds are sure to make a lasting impression.
2. Entertainment for All Ages
There are so many things from which to choose during your short stint on the boat. The entertainment aboard the ship includes a movie theater, live music, satellite TV and a gift shop. Children will enjoy the KidsPort Play Room, Captain Conrad Scavenger Hunt and high-definition video game stations.playing cards, mugs and more.
3. Badger Bingo
A tradition while traveling on the ship is Badger Bingo. Take a seat in the main lounge and get ready to mark your cards for a BINGO! Winners get their choice of Badger gifts, like. No true experience on the S.S. Badger is complete without a game of Badger Bingo.
4. Shoreline Cruises
No reason to head to Wisconsin but still want to experience the S.S. Badger? Try a shoreline cruise -- a themed, two hour celebration designed to cater to various audiences. Dress in costumes for any of these events, including the Rockin’ 50’s, Pirates of Lake Michigan, or Fourth of July tours. You can even catch the fireworks display from the boat on Independence Day.
5. Loop Tour
A trip across on the Badger is part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which will take you either north or south on scenic highways, once you step off the boat. After retrieving your car from the ferry, make memories on a driving loop -- experiencing the views of Wisconsin and the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan. You will see many landmarks, including museums, the Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and state parks on the northern loop -- or Chicago, Harbor Country and West Michigan beaches on the southern tour.
Come aboard and explore it all! Learn more or book your trip on the Badger by clicking HERE.