Destination: Ludington, Michigan
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On Ludington cruises, you'll visit a scenic city with great access to the outdoors, located right off Lake Michigan and the Pere Marquette River. The area where Ludington began was originally settled by the Native Americans before being discovered by the famous Great Lakes explorer, Jacques Marquette.
Full of beauty and massive forests, Ludington rose to prominence under James Ludington, a lumber baron from neighboring Wisconsin. The city accumulated a large amount of wealth, eventually even becoming a stop on the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad.
Today, you can still explore the historic homes of those wealthy residents of the 1800s and early 1900s lumber boom. Since then, the city has become a popular destination for getting outdoors. Here, you'll be able to hike, fly fish, or participate in a range of other activities. Alternatively, you can head downtown to explore the local boutique shops and eat at wonderful restaurants.
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Best things to do in Ludington, Michigan
Fly fish the Pere Marquette River
Each Ludington cruise will bring you right to the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. This smaller river is a popular spot for residents and tourists alike. One of the best ways to spend time on the Pere Marquette is with fly fishing. You can rent equipment in town and get recommendations on where to fish, then head off to fish to your heart's content. The Pere Marquette is one of the best fly fishing destinations on the Great Lakes, where you're likely to catch steelhead, trout, or salmon.
Hike through Ludington State Park
Located just outside of Ludington Lake Michigan, this state park is a popular spot for hiking and great views of the water. Here, you'll be able to hike or drive to the historic Big Sable Point Lighthouse, or just explore the large network of trails.
Head to Downtown Ludington for shopping and more
There's also lots to do inside the city of Ludington, in case that's more your speed. In Downtown Ludington, you'll find streets lined with unique boutiques and quaint cafes. Regardless of when you visit, you're likely to find some event happening on the city's streets, whether it's live music, an artist showcase, or a farmer's market.