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Embrace the Beauty of Fall: Top 8 Things to Do in Ludington


As the vibrant colors of summer make way for the cozy hues of autumn, Ludington transforms into a picturesque wonderland that offers an array of activities to captivate every visitor's heart. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, a craft beer lover, or simply seeking scenic beauty, Ludington has something to offer for everyone. Here are the top 6 things you must do when visiting Ludington this fall.


Explore Ludington State Park: Ludington State Park, a true gem of the region, is a must-visit for any nature lover. This destination for recreation is a paradise to view the fall colors up close! Explore on more than 18 miles of trails, a canoe trail, Hamlin Lake, Big Sable River and more than 5,300 acres of unspoiled natural forest. With miles of hiking and biking trails, meandering rivers, and serene beaches, the park offers a plethora of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. As the leaves change, embark on a hiking expedition to witness the breathtaking views and vibrant foliage that blankets the landscape, or better yet grab your paddle and take in the fall foilage from a new perspective.


Enjoy Octoberfest Weekend: Downtown Ludington comes alive with their signature fall-themed event, Octoberfest, that celebrates the season's charm and flavors Septmeber 29 and 30. The weekend kicks-off with a pub crawl, where you can stop by any number of particiapting establishments downtown. The Ludington Outdoor Social District, better known as LOSD, allows participants to take their drinks to go and enjoy the downtown atmosphere along the way. Legacy Plaza becomes the backdrop for the main event of the weekend. From 2-6pm, attendees can expect to find festive live music, craft beer from Ludington Bay Brewing Company and Bell's Brewery, family-friendly activities and fun yard games!  Stay updated on these events and many more through Pure Ludington's event calendar.

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Savor Craft Beer and Wine: Indulge in Ludington's craft beer and wine scene to warm up on cooler days. Visit the Jamesport Brewing Company, one of the area's iconic breweries, and sample their handcrafted brews. And just down the street, be sure to stop by downtown Ludington most recent addition to the brewery scene, Ludington Bay Crewing Company. Bother downtown breweries offer unique menus and fall inspired craft beers to enjoy. For wine enthusiasts, venture to local wineries such as the Pere Marquette Winery, North Branch Winery, and Fox Barn Winery to enjoy their fine selection of wines, and take in the colorful scenery. 


Fall Driving Tours: Embark on scenic fall driving tours that wind through Ludington and Mason County's countryside and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. These self-guided driving tours offers stunning views of the fall foliage, charming small towns, and picturesque farms. And along the way there are plenty of place to explore, like u-pick farms, roadside stands, restaurants and more! 


Disc Golf and Outdoor Fun: For those who love combining outdoor fun with a touch of competition, Ludington offers an array of disc golf courses set against the backdrop of autumn's splendor. The Leviathan Disc Golf Course, renowned for its challenging layout and spectacular views, offers players the chance to test their skills while immersing themselves in the vibrant fall colors.

Playing disc golf amidst the falling leaves is a unique experience that allows you to appreciate the changing seasons while enjoying a leisurely game. The crisp air and rustling leaves add an extra layer of enjoyment to the game, making it a memorable and invigorating fall activity.


Lake Michigan Beaches & Lighthouses: While the temperatures might be cooler, Ludington's Lake Michigan beaches retain their beauty throughout the fall. While not garantueed, there are some Summer-like beach days throughout the fall season to be enjoyed. However, ff the fall crisp air is present, take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores, or out to one of Ludington's two lighthouses. The North Breakwater Lighthouse, while closed to tours during the fall and winter months, offers a great landmark to visit even if you cannot climb to the top. Big Sable Lighthouse, on the other hand, is open to visitors until October 22, where you can climb to the top for breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the fall colors of the Ludington State Park forest. 

Snag a Deal: As Summer fades, Autumn brings a season of value to visitors. A host of Ludington lodging partners offer 50% off a second night stay after Labor Day through October 31. From convienent hotels to charming bed & breakfasts, this lodging special offers visitors a chance to excperience the delight of a Ludington autumn at a fraction of the price. Whether it's a romantic escape, a family getaway, or a serene adventure, seize this limited-time offer to enjoy Ludington's best. Book now to save big and embrace an unforgettable journey in Ludington this autumn!

Ludington's autumn charm is undeniable, beckoning visitors with its scenic beauty, outdoor adventures, delightful culinary offerings, and a host of fall-themed events. To make your planning easier, you can request a complimentary visitors guide, or check out more at

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