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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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

By far my favorite part of vacation....riding across on the Badger. I did it as a child and now I'm doing it with my kids and grandkids. I absolutely would recommend it!

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Milwaukee, WI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We took the SS Badger on the way home to Wisconsin after a week long vacation in Michigan. The kids had tons of fun. We stayed on the deck (side of the boat) for the most of the trip. It was very relaxing to just sit and enjoy the Lake Michigan (even though it was very foggy that day). While... More

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Chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A cruise on the SS Badger, a car and passenger ferry that has been plying Lake Michigan for more than half a century, is an adventure not to be missed. Connecting Manitowoc, WI and Ludington, MI the SS Badger is relaxing, packed with activities for young and old alike and offers ample food and drink choices at reasonable prices. There... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The carferry is a fun family experience with plenty to do for the 4 hour trip. The carferry is a great couples experience-just sit and relax on deck or rent a cabin. The carferry is great for a single-save the LONG drive around thru Chicago and enjoy life for a bit!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We took the 8:30pm ferry back home to Wisconsin from Michigan. It was very organized, other than the un/loading of passengers not being in any order. You can't really expect that though. They were mobility friendly, which was great. We spent most of our night on deck star gazing and seeing more stars than either of us have been able... More

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Plover, WI
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Traveled with family from WI to Michigan, one way. Enjoyed the amenities like TV room, museum, BINGO and just walking around the decks. Much more comfortable than sitting in a car for hours. Service by staff was great. Enjoyed Nate who called BINGO and did a great giraffe imitation! We brought our own lunch but did enjoy some snacks, Food... More

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is the first time we have taken the SS Badger. We did a round trip. It was just wonderful! The ship is a treasurer. They have a lot of things for the kids to do to keep themselves busy. There is a quiet room for people who want to sleep or read. The food is good and prices reasonable.... More

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Davison, MI
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We just completed a round trip on the S.S. Badger and I have to say it was one of the most charming, fun, and relaxing trips I have ever had. I travelled with my children to visit family in Wisconsin and wanted to take the ferry to cut down on travel time as well as give my kids an experience... More

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Algoma, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Saves driving and time but very stuffy and hot inside. Offers a nice buffet for a decent price. It does offer a lot for kids to do, movies, video arcade, and games for kids/

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Dearborn, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We took our classic car on a trip to an event in Wisconsin and the Badger crew were very accomodating to us. We were allowed to drive our car on last so we were the first ones off the ship at the destination. Four hours goes very quickly with all the activities on board. Come early and purchase the breakfast... More

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