Climb aboard history with the S.S. Badger

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) There’s a landmark of sorts that has been in Ludington for more than 60 years. The S.S. Badger is a car ferry that travels between Michigan and Wisconsin every day. Although many people take it to visit family or perhaps to travel for work, it’s much more than a mode of transportation. The history behind the enormous ship makes it a tourist attraction itself.

The S.S. Badger was built in 1953 to carry rail cars. It is 410 feet long and can hold 180 vehicles including campers, boats, and trailers. The captain still steers the ship by hand and uses old fashion navigation tools.

The ride to Wisconsin lasts four hours, but there is a lot to do on board. You can lounge outside and read a book, get some sun, or head inside and watch a movie. The Badger also has kids play rooms, dining areas, and a cash bar.

During the busy summer season, the S.S. Badger makes two trips a day from Ludington – at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Next month is the Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise. You board the ship at 8 p.m. and it departs at 9 p.m. You get picnic buffet, and when it gets dark, you’ll see fireworks light up the sky as you enjoy a cruise on Lake Michigan. This cruise often sells out, so if you’re interested, you can go to the S.S. Badger website to buy tickets.

Also coming up is Ludington’s Harbor Festival, which is June 27 through July 6. It features all kinds of events including an art fair, Venetian boat parade, horse show, concerts, and more. You can visit the Pure Ludington website to learn more about Harbor Festival and everything else the Ludington area has to offer!

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