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This area of Northern Lower Peninsula is inhabited by some 8,000 people.
Visitors will find this destination 130 miles from Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. It is also about 8 miles from Scottville.
Escape the adult world for a while and throw yourself into a realm of magic and wonder at the West Michigan Fairgrounds and Craig's Cruisers Family Fun Center. Want more? The Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm and the Sandcastles Children's Museum are sure to keep the smiles and laughter flowing.
Those with a keen interest in viniculture will love the Douglas Valley Winery and the Jomagrha Vineyards and Winery. Learn about the local winemaking traditions, compare your favorite blends, and, for that perfect souvenir, arrange to have a case sent home to your door.
Sit back and have a couple of drinks, roll the dice or simply take in the high-stakes atmosphere at the Little River Casino.
When the weather is fine, pack a picnic and find a shady corner at one of the leafy green spaces, such as Ludington State Park or Douglas Park. Grebe Park and Charles Mears State Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.
Want to spend a day relaxing by the oceanside? Pack up a bag with some delicious treats and claim a spot at Stearns Park Beach.
Lovers of nature will surely want to check out Orchard Beach State Park.
Don't forget to make time for some of the popular cultural institutions nearby. The Arcadia Area Historical Museum and the Shrine of the Pines offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Equally rewarding are the Manistee County Historical Museum and Historic White Pine Village.
Some travelers believe that you can never really understand a place until you know its past. Thankfully, Ludington has carefully preserved the WaterWorks Museum, one of the area's most significant historic attractions.
The surrounding sea isn't always easy to negotiate. Guiding beacons like Big Sable Point Lighthouse and North Breakwater Light have prevented many shipwrecks over the years. North Breakwater Light and Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse have also played a vital role. Pop in and check for tours, learn of seafaring tales from their past and take in the glittering water views.
To experience the more creative side of things, surprise that someone special with tickets to the Ramsdell Theater, one of the best-loved performing art venues in the area. After the concert, head off to one of the close-by restaurants and enjoy some tasty regional dishes.
Golf nuts will find an array of places to tee off, such as the Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course and the Hemlock Golf Club. If you can't manage to avoid the bunkers there, it might be a good idea to move onto the Heathlands Golf Course or the Chestnut Hills Golf Course.
After checking out all the star attractions in Ludington, take a trip to Buttersville Park, the S.S. City of Milwaukee or the S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of S.S. City of Milwaukee and Manistee County Historical Museum. Ramsdell Theater and Orchard Beach State Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Manistee, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of S.S. City of Milwaukee, Orchard Beach State Park and Manistee County Historical Museum. Ramsdell Theater and WaterWorks Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ramsdell Theater, Manistee County Historical Museum and WaterWorks Museum. S.S. City of Milwaukee and Douglas Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 25 miles (40 km) of Shrine of the Pines, Amber Elk Ranch and West Michigan Fairgrounds. Sandcastles Children's Museum and Ludington Waterfront Park are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of S.S. City of Milwaukee, Manistee County Historical Museum and Ramsdell Theater. Orchard Beach State Park and WaterWorks Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Stearns Park Beach and North Breakwater Light. Ludington Waterfront Park and Sandcastles Children's Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Ludington, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from West Michigan Fairgrounds and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sandcastles Children's Museum and Ludington Waterfront Park. S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry and North Breakwater Light are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from West Michigan Fairgrounds and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sandcastles Children's Museum and Ludington Waterfront Park. Amber Elk Ranch and S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry are also within 6 miles (10 km).