West Michigan Area
Things To Do

Let's see--we have boating, fishing, swimming, golfing--and what else? There's such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you're in West Michigan! Tour Historic White Pine Village, enjoy a thrilling dune ride,take the family out for a game of mini-golf, bowling, or catch a concert. You can't leave the area without visiting one of the spectacular lighthouses of the region, and just catching the sunset over Lake Michigan is worth the trip. View the S.S. Badger carferry as it sails into or out of Ludington, or hop on board yourself for the four-hour trip across the big lake. Boredom is never a problem here in West Michigan!

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!

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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
AJ's Family Fun Center
4743 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4838
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Silver Lake Sand Dunes recreation
Baldwin Canoe Rental
Only 40 minutes from Ludington, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-4669
Explore the Pere Marquette River with West Michigan's largest paddlesports provider. This National Scenic River begins in Baldwin where it has a stronger current, is less populated, and meanders through state and national forest land. Canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, six person rafts and tubes. Open every day 9am-6pm. Last launch 1:30pm. Since 1968.
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Historic White Pine Village
Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre
9812 Honor Hwy., US-31, Honor, MI 49640, (213) 325-3413
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Lake Michigan Carferry Mini Cruises
Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm, Inc.
5487 Tuttle Rd., Free Soil, MI 49411, (231) 462-3732
Providing Animal Touch Therapy and Recreation for persons with disabilities. Circle Rocking "S" Children's Farm is dedicated to providing animal touch therapy and recreation free of charge to persons with disabilities.
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Dale & Gail's Music & Art Gallery LLC
27 S. State St., Hart, MI 49420, (231) 301-8089
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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Dune Grass Concessions and Watercraft Rentals
Located in the Cedar Camp Store at Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1888
Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, beach supplies/toys, and tubes to float the Sable River. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.
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Baldwin Canoe Rental
Family Video
5865 U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 4943, (231) 845-6818
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Pentwater River Outfitters
Fast Trax
8424 Hazel Rd., Mears, MI 49436, (231) 873-7617
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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
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Hamlin Lake Jet Ski, LLC
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2090
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Harbor Cinemas
3857 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-9310
Henry's Landing Campground & Canoe Rentals
701 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 757-0101
Family owned and operated since 1974! Just 9 miles from Ludington, Henry's Landing is located right on the Pere Marquette River! Canoes, kayaks, tubes, and SUP boards are available for rent, and include personal flotation devices and paddles. Shuttle service available! Guided salmon fishing trips offered seasonally. Open May-October.
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.
Johnny's Skate Center
2276 E. US 10, Custer, MI, (231) 757-9411
Jump Around Fun Center
1830 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 852-4909
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Big Ship, More Fun! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent sunsets...discover Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
Lakeshore Family Guide
What's a family to do in West Michigan? We've got the answer at Lakeshore Family Guide, a local website which highlights fun, wholesome, and inexpensive activities for children and families. Includes details about kids programs at the library, mini golf courses, petting zoos, the best beaches, and so much more!
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
4180 W. M20, New Era, MI 49446, (231) 861-5730
Enjoy a 700 acre farm in New Era, Michigan. Family owned and operated, with home grown produce, fruit orchards, market with gifts and goodies, and a bakery. Enjoy lots of activities for family fun from May through October each year including a petting farm with a wide variety of animals and birds!
Ludington Area Disc Golf
The Ludington area has seven different courses to choose from. Mason County Park is the site for three 24-hole courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath. Just off Jebavy Drive is Leviathan, The Edge is in Scottville's Riverside Park, Labyrinth is located at West Shore Community College and Flip City is in Shelby.
Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Newly renovated in 2016, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open noon-9pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.
Ludington Nights
Ludington Youth Sailing School
P.O. Box 132, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 690-3710
The Ludington Youth Sailing School is a non-profit organization that promotes the safety and enjoyment of sailing, with on the water classrooms. Students, ages 8-17, will learn the fundamentals of sailing, basic terminology, and life-long sailing skills. US Sailing Association certified instructors provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to learn.
Mac Wood's
629 N. 18th Ave., Silver Lake, MI 49436, (231) 873-2817
Manistee PBX
77 Hancock St., Manistee, MI 49431, (231) 723-2811
Marlins Wildlife Safari
US 10, Custer, MI 49410
Michigan Audubon/Lake Bluff Center
2890 Lakeshore Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4042
Parrot's Landing
8110 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-8400
Enjoy Silver Lake and the sand dunes at Parrot's Landing. Our recreational rentals provide thrills on sand or water. Rent or take a guided tour in a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Ski boats with tow tubes and jet skis are also available for rent by the half day or full day.
Pentwater Outfitters
22 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-2999
Cruise the village of Pentwater with a bicycle rental, or take out a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, and explore the waterways surrounding the village of Pentwater. Half, whole day and weekly rentals as well as lessons, livery and delivery services are available. A great paddle experience for all levels of experience!
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
217 S. Lakeshore Dr., (next to the Coast Guard Station), Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-9090
Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.
Ramsdell Theatre
101 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-9948
Built in 1903 by local lawyer and philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the historical Ramsdell Theater is home to the Manistee Civic Players' productions and hosts plays, ballet performances, art exhibits, proms, weddings, and other special events.
Sandcastles Children's Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 233-9326
Create...discover...explore. Join us for fun and learning. Featuring 3 floors of interactive exhibits designed to promote hands-on discovery and inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Check website for current hours. Weekly and special programs. Daily admission- $7.00 per person over 1 year old; 2018 annual family memberships are $100.
Shagway Arts Barn
5949 Shagway Rd., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 970-0222
Experience and explore the arts, nature, and history at Shagway Arts Barn! There are many activities at the Arts Barn from May-October, including live music, dog-friendly nature trails, and a barn full of art from over 20 local artists! The Arts Barn is also available for special events and weddings.
Shore Thing Cruises LLC
(231) 852-3632
Take a private cruise on Lake Michigan with a Charter Captain in a Sea Ray Express Cruiser with comfortable seating for 6 passengers. Enjoy complimentary beverages/snacks, and beautiful views for a flat rate of $250 to rent the entire boat for a 2-hour cruise or customize your time with our hourly packages.
Shrine Of The Pines
8962 S. M-37, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-7892
Spindrift Cyclesports
102 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-4999
Stearns Park
N. Lakeshore Dr., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Probably the most well known park in Ludington, located at the beach at the end of Ludington Avenue. In addition to its great location and view of the North Breakwater Lighthouse, Stearns has a large, shaded picnic area on grass, grills, play equipment, restrooms, and of course, great swimming.
The Old Baldy Food & Fun
11 N. Hancock, Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-8121
In an iconic location just three blocks from the beach, Old Baldy Food & Fun is an oasis of ice cream, BBQ, and family entertainment. Enjoy mini-golf and a video game arcade featuring retro favorites, with a taste of Virtual Reality coming in July. Like us on Facebook.
The Vogue Theatre
383 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 222-5199
The newly renovated historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee offers a movie experience unlike any other! Relax in our comfortable theater chairs and enjoy a first-run movie, weekly $2 classics or $.25 kids movies! Our ticket and concession prices are family-friendly! Call or check online for our movie schedule.
West Shore Community Ice Arena
3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 843-5900



For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.





Cruise across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger carferry and explore Wisconsin.


Eastern Wisconsin Things to Do -- There are a variety of activities in Eastern Wisconsin. Visit an amusement park, take a train or trolley tour, go kayaking, go for a cruise, visit a lighthouse, check out a garden, visit Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and much more.