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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
1-800-841-4243
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Ludington
Type: Public Transportation Systems, Ferries/ Boats, Educational Sites
Owner description: The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the inland sea for more... more » Owner description: The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the inland sea for more than fifty years. The ferry takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin from mid-May through mid-October. « less
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Food was decent but overpriced. I would recommend bringing your own which is allowed - no coolers. The "DJ" was just great. Very clever, very funny and very entertaining. The kids loved him, the oldsters loved him and a good time was had by all. Quiet places are available if you would rather read a book or take a nap.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my second boat ride. It was a nice smooth ride to Manitowac. I do feel bed for those that really could benefit from an elevator as there is only a chair lift. Nate- who runs the show- and should have a stand up comedy routine - is great!!! Thank you.

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Gillsville, Georgia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We crossed on the Badger when the weather was not at all friendly. The water was rough and it was cold . ..BUT.. the crew was in high spirits and friendly. We docked a little later than usual due to the weather but no other problems were encountered. If you like adventure, take a trip on the Badger. .. big... More

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Tomah, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

we used the ss badger ferry on our lake superior circle tour. we had 5 days of solid rain & since we where on the motorcycle , it was easier to pick up the ferry from ludington, michigan to manitowac, wisconsin. despite the rain & fog, it was a very smooth ride. i was surprised to see so many activities... More

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Lansing, MI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We really enjoyed crossing Lake Michigan on this classic car ferry built in the 1950's. This ferry is an operating historic landmark. It takes four hours to go 60 miles, but there is plenty of entertainment on board. We played "Badger Bingo", took in the scenery from the deck, ate great junk food and watched a movie. If you love... More

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Newnan, Ga.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We recently took the car ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc which was really nice and relaxing. Can't believe in all the trips I've made to Northern Wisconsin that this was my first trip on the SS Badger. We got our reservations on line which was pretty easy. We took our car so we were at the dock the required 60... More

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hastings, mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The car ferry Badger was clean and quiet, it left and arrived on time and the employees were very friendly and helpful. Riding on this 60+ piece of history was a wonderful experience and besides it saves us from driving through Chicago!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

You must take the trip on the SS Badger on a good weather day. It will not be fun in cold or inclimate weather. Fortunately, we have taken the SS Badger from Manitowoc to Ludington many times with our RV and Auto and only one experienced bad weather. It is an amazing ride on this 1953 coal driven ship. We... More

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Ludington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a great way to travel across Lake Michigan and enjoy a little piece of history at the same time! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! So unique!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We really enjoyed out trip across Lake Michigan from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI. Its about a 4 hr. trip by the time you load & unload. Very relaxing trip on a historic car ferry. Sit out on the deck, play bingo, watch movies...

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