Helpful Hints When Visiting Port Ludington on the S.S. Badger: Transportation, Lodging, Dining & More
So you've just arrived in Ludington after a relaxing cruise across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger carferry. Now what?
If you brought your car, you're all set to begin exploring the wonderful town of Ludington, including our beaches, lighthouses, and the Ludington State Park. You exit the carferry dock on S. James Street, with six blocks filled with restaurants and shops. Continue on to Ludington Avenue, which begins from the east at US-10, and continues straight through downtown Ludington right to Stearns beach, where you'll discover Ludington's North Breakwater Lighthouse, the Skate Plaza, and other great features of this charming community on Lake Michigan.
Transportation & Shuttle ServicesIf you have no transportation, certain lodging facilities offer free shuttle service. If you're not sure if your hotel/motel/resort offers it, be sure to call them, as many will arrange pickup by appointment. There are also local car rental services and bus transportation listed below.
- Ludington Mass Transit Authority (231) 845-1231
- Ludington Taxi (231) 845-9693
- Vanderhaag Car Sales & Rentals (231) 757-2727
- Town & Country Taxi (231) 425-3134
Ludington Lodging Near the Carferry
- Blue Spruce Inn
- By the Lake at Lighthouse Motel
- Ludington Pier House Motel
- Stearns Motor Inn
- Snyder's Shoreline Inn
- Ventura Motel
- Lakeside Inn
Walk to Ludington RestaurantsCLOSEST TO THE CARFERRY, ON SOUTH JAMES STREET
- Brenda's Harbor Cafe
- Jamesport Brewing Company
- Ludington Pub
- Ludington Bay Brewing
- The Q Smokehouse
RESTAURANTS IN DOWNTOWN LUDINGTON, WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE CARFERRY
- Chef John's Bakery & Cafe
- Table 14
- Luciano's Ristoranti
- Old Hamlin
- Cork & Crown
- Sportsman's Irish Pub & The Mitten
Sights to See in LudingtonWhile you're in downtown Ludington, be sure to take in the colorful murals that are found on the facades of many area businesses.
Or spend some time at Ludington's Waterfront Park,nestled between our two marinas. This beautifully landscaped area features nine sculptures, playground, and plenty of tables and benches on which to relax. Stearns Park Beach is a wonderful spot to catch a sunset or walk out on the long pier to the North Breakwater Lighthouse. Ludington is a great place to visit, and it's easy to get around.
View this Map of Downtown Ludington for an overview of the business district.
Contact Lake Michigan CarferryLudington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220