Family Friendly Things To Do In Ludington

Downtown has you covered for dining and entertainment, from quiche to steak and live music to art exhibits and theater. You can shop for everything from unique gifts and hand made treasures to every day essentials. This year, we’re missing a lot of the family friendly fun that we’re used to… Sandcastles is closed, the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum has limited hours, our outdoor events like Friday Night Live and Beach Bonfires have been cancelled. However, Ludington still has so much to offer!

August is Family Fun month and we think it’s the perfect time for locals and visitors to explore our area, so we’ve put together a list of some fun things you can do with the entire family in, around and near Downtown Ludington. Whether you are visiting, just moved here or a long time resident… here are some ideas for ways to fill your summer days.

Find a spot with a kids menu.

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Shop for kids.

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Find kids activities and classes.

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Find an Angel Wing mural and snap a pic.

Listen to live music in the Plaza.

Grab a board and hit up the skate park.

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Have a sunset picnic.

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Take a pic with Big Foot at Sloaney’s.

Play a round at Jaycees Mini Golf.

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Cool off at the splash pad at Copeyon Park.

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Explore the Sculpture Trail at Waterfront Park.

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Play in the sand at Stearns Park Beach.

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Go for a swim in Lake Michigan.


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Walk on the Cartier Park Loop and look for rocks.

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Walk out to the North Pier Lighthouse (if the breakwall is open!)

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Watch the SS Badger arrive or depart.

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Ride the singletrack trails at Cartier Park.

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Rent a Stand Up Paddle Board.

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Head down to the playground at Waterfront Park.

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Book a charter and have a local restaurant cook up your catch.

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Camp at Cartier Campground.

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Take a trip or shoreline cruise on the SS Badger.

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Try to dock the SS Badger at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.

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