The sound of crashing waves and feeling of sugar sands between your toes instantly take beachgoers to a place of relaxation, a time to get away from the hustle of life and make memories with the ones you love.
In Ludington, you’ll find 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, perfect for kicking back with a summer novel, listening to music or devouring an ice cream cone.
At Stearns Park Beach, you’ll also find a number of activities to enjoy: shuffleboard, volleyball, skateboarding, sandcastle-building or taking a refreshing swim. Enjoy a stroll on the breakwall to the North Breakwater Lighthouse, where you can climb to the top and take in panoramic views of town. Stearns Park is a lovely place to watch the sunset and grab photos for your scrapbook or Instagram. Travel Addicts has called it one of the best beaches in the world.
Inside the diverse landscape of the Ludington State Park, the Big Sable Lighthouse is another Pure Ludington destination not to be missed. Take a 1.8-mile hike to this iconic black and white structure or take advantage of one of the park’s regular bus days to the site. The light is available for touring, and visitors will learn about the history of the light and enjoy live music performances. The top of the light gives climbers a unique perspective of the shoreline — one you won’t soon forget.
At the park’s entrance stands a beach house with five and a half miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline. Beautiful verandas, beach umbrellas and sunny summer days make this a coveted place to be. Grab a snack from the beach house and a floaty and plan to spend the day.
Ludington State Park also offers access to Hamlin Lake Beach where you can rent a canoe, kayak or paddle boat. Explore the canoe trails on the lake, have a picnic,and let the kids climb the playground equipment.
If your pooch is traveling with you, you’ll want to check out the beach on the scenic Buttersville Peninsula south of Ludington. This dog-friendly beach is a little less crowded than others and a quiet retreat off the beaten path. Visitors to the peninsula will find another breakwall, access to Pere Marquette Lake and a campground with sites overlooking Lake Michigan.
No matter which beach you choose, you won’t be disappointed in the sandy-bottomed fresh lakes, cool breezes and amenities offered. Pure Ludington beaches are the place to be this summer.
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