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A Picturesque Shoreline City

General News|July 24th, 2022

Just 30 minutes north of Silver Lake sits Ludington, Michigan- a picturesque city situated on the lake’s shoreline with its downtown lined with local shops and restaurants. It’s a beautiful place to spend the day exploring.

At Ludington State Park, you can explore more of the natural beauty of Michigan. It has many hiking trails of varying lengths. Although the Skyline trails consists of many stairs, the views from the lookouts are worth it. Another favorite is the Lost Lake trail, which takes you through the woods and around Hamlin Lake. It’s a shorter, but gorgeous hike. Afterwards, you can cool off at the lake- you have two to choose from! The park has a swimming area on Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan. The river connecting the two lakes is the perfect place to kayak or tube, and you can fish off the little piers the campground has along Hamlin Lake! There are so many relating activities to take part in. Also located in the state park is Big Sable Lighthouse. It is a 1.5 mile hike or bike out to the structure where you can climb to the top or pick something up in the gift shop.

If you don’t want to hike out the Big Sable Lighthouse, then perhaps North Breakwater Light located at Stearns Park Beach is a better choice for you. This light is a great place for a shorter walk, and it boasts a gorgeous view of the waves and sunset.

House of Flavors is a must-stop in Ludington. After you get your ice cream of choice, you can get your picture taken by the wings they have painted on their doorstep. As you continue walking through Ludington, you can wander down past the marina. You could check the schedule to see when the S.S. Badger leaves port. It’s always fun to watch it sail into the distance as it makes its way to Wisconsin.

There are also several local restaurants and breweries to choose from. Jamesport Brewing or the Ludington Bay Brewing Company are both known for their excellent brews. As for eating, PM Steamers is a spot to satisfy your hunger while watching the marina. The Blu Moon Bistro is another great option that would be the perfect place for a date night.

If you have little ones with you, it is worth the visit to the Children’s Sandcastle Museum. Most of the exhibits are hands on where the kids can learn about building, play instruments, or captain a miniature version of the Badger.

There is plenty to enjoy in Ludington, and it’s only about a half hour away from Silver Lake! Our picturesque town sits close to many must-visits spots in the mitten, which makes it the perfect place for a longer stay because you’re within driving distance to many attractions. Ludington is an excellent shoreline city to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Michigan.

Picture credit: @ryan.gski

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