SS Badger Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Dr., Ludington, MI 49431 Directions


Report | 2 years ago
Nice experience..lots to do and see. Would go again.
Report | 3 years ago
Totally awesome experience! Vessel was clean, comfortable and easy to get around on. Food and beverage prices were normal, as was the prices for beer (nice selection of local brews). State room was a nice upgrade, very nice to be able to dump all our bags in and lay down for a bit. Hope to see Groupon offer up more deals in the future.
Report | 5 years ago
Have been on the ferry many times. love the experience! great with the kids too!
Report | 6 years ago
We took the redeye back from Manitowoc. Had the cabin for the ride back. Didn't take long to fall asleep, only to hear "what seemed like a few minutes" a knock on the door stating there were 20 minutes to Ludington. That was great!!! I am usually one who walks around the ship to see what is going on, however, this time I missed all the action. As my wife and I say, "anytime on the water, is a good day!"
Report | 6 years ago
We always love our trips on the SS Badger. This was a GREAT deal and so easy to redeem. Their whole staff is amazing to work with!
Report | 6 years ago
Staff was great! We didn't get to eat our buffets as we experienced a severe case of motion sickness but staff supplied buckets, ginger ale and a less rocky place to stay. They almost canceled the ride because of gale winds but then the waves were under 10 feet when we left so that was safe for travel. The kids loved it.
Report | 6 years ago
We loved it and the food was pretty good too. Such a great way to spend time with your loved ones.
Report | 6 years ago
The SS Badger is a classic way to get across the big lake to Wisconsin. Very cool and old school.
Report | 6 years ago
Pleasant trip on a historic steamship. Staff was pleasant, ship could use some updating.
Report | 6 years ago
Great way to avoid traffic in Chicago! Very enjoyable trip.

About this Business

While the S.S. Badger has been honored as a National Historic Landmark, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan. Now the last of the Great Lakes's coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with ongoing efforts to improve their ship environmentally.

While the boat sails between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quaint museum elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.

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