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“Even more fun!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry
701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
1-800-841-4243
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Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Ludington
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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.
Pelican Lake, Wisconsin
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“Even more fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We sailed again on the Badger, this time in autumn. There was a great offer on Groupon (hope they do it again). We had a stateroom: Very comfy and cozy--two twin beds, our own sink and potty. Also very clean. Took a wonderful nap on the way home, gently lulled to sleep by the slight rocking motion of the ship. We enjoyed the soup/sandwich buffet on the way to Ludington, and we all raved about the grilled chicken breast sandwich. The breakfast buffet on the way back was delicious--two kinds of scrambled eggs, homemade breakfast potatoes, biscuits, sausages, all good. The crew could not have been more friendly and helpful. Since it was late September, lots of stuff was on sale in the Boatique, and we girls took full advantage (our husbands stayed on deck!) The four hour trip goes by in the wink of an eye. The Badger Bingo was fun, the hosts told corny jokes and we were all laughing. There was a movie, TV, Wi-Fi (for a small fee), and just the pure joy of walking around the decks. We also were fascinated by the huge wind turbine parts being loaded and unloaded. I could not imagine these big rigs trying to navigate the highways. With the amount of cargo Badger is carrying, history is repeating itself in a very good way. She was built for this job. When we arrived in Ludington, there were even volunteer greeters to welcome us to Michigan. Everyone should ride the Badger at least once, but I think you'll have so much fun you'll come back again. FYI, two-hour shoreline cruises--one in Manitowoc and one in Ludington--happen in summer. Keep an eye on Badger's Facebook page and website for all the latest happenings. Big Ship, More Fun!!

Visited September 2012
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Taket the Ferry!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

One of the neatest things to do..Staff was so friendly,very clean. During the trip they play bingo for free and you win things from the gift store.. I just like to lay in a lawn chair on the sun deck!! No Traffic! Be on hour early...

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Saint Clair, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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“Ferry Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Had a very smooth ferry ride, however, I did get a little bit of a upset stomach because of the rocking of the boat. Once I got back on the deck and saw the horizon I was ok.

Visited September 2012
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West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Took what had been originally scheduled as the last westbound trip of the year (they extended their season to accomodate moving wind turbine sections) Crew was excellent as usual. The breakfast buffet was excellent-much improved over the breakfast served last year. The weather wasn't very co-operative but the ship rode well in the waves. Everything was clean. Only gripe was the gift-shop had many empty shelves and things were being packed up during the trip. However everything that was available was heavily discounted.

Visited October 2012
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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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“Sure beats driving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Took the ferry and enjoyed the trip. Convenient, easy to use and enjoyable relaxing ride across Lake Michigan. Bingo kept my wife busy most of the trip but they also have movies, WI-FI (they do charge) and a trivia game. Grab a couple newspapers or a book before you board and you'll have a nice relaxing trip as well. Makes the trip go fast. The ride was incredibly smooth considering how windy and rough it looked outside. But, no problem with motion sickness. Had a slice of pizza and some popcorn. Both good considering you're on a boat. Only thing we didn't know is if you load first (if you get there early) you're last off.

Visited October 2012
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