June, July & August
For three Thursday nights this summer, head to Ludington's Stearns Park Beach for a special Sunset Bonfire! These Sunset Bonfires are FREE and open to the public, and include live music by local talent.
Photo by Mark Steigenga
Who doesn't enjoy a bonfire during the summer? Add Lake Michigan, the beach, and the gorgeous Ludington sunsets, and you've got absolutely the best setting. So join your friends, neighbors... and maybe meet somebody new... at the Sunset Beach Bonfire Series, every 4th Thursday of the month this summer. This event is sponsored by the Ludington Area CVB.
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On the 4th Thursday of each month (June-August), bring your blanket or beach chair to the south end of Stearns Beach from 8-10pm and enjoy a huge bonfire while listening to some great music.
About Stearns BeachStearns Beach (at Stearns Park) is the city's largest beach, with 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline. There is plenty of FREE parking. Much of the angled parking at Stearns Beach looks out over Lake Michigan, ideal for sitting in your vehicle for a front row seat to one of Ludington's spectacular sunsets. Concession stands are found at both the north and south ends of Stearns Park, providing food, beverages, restroom facilities here, and drinking fountains. Across from the beach and Stearns Drive is a large, grassy area with picnic tables and grills.
At the south end of Stearns Park, you will find access to the half-mile long pier which takes you to Ludington's North Breakwater lighthouse. The south end of Stearns Park also features a Skate Plaza, shuffleboard courts, beach volleyball, the Jaycees Mini Golf Course, concession stand, a beach playground and an accessible walkway down to the shoreline.
The north end of Stearns Park has an accessible walkway that has been constructed by the north concession stand. The walkway provides the handicapped with access down to the water from the parking lot.
Directions to Stearns Park BeachComing through downtown Ludington, follow Ludington Avenue to the end, and turn right onto N. Lakeshore Drive. Approximately four blocks down, you'll find the entrance to Stearns Park on your left.
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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.