Ferries Offer Fall Fun In Manistee and Ludington

Hop on the historic S.S. Badger for the four-hour jaunt from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, through October 11 and reap the rewards: Kids under 15 go free, seniors (55 plus) get discounts on food, gifts and stateroom rentals, and for everyone in between, there’s $10 off your vehicle fare for each full-fare adult traveling with you. Other perks on the hulking 410-foot car ferry, the largest ever to cross Lake Michigan: Plenty of exercising ops on exterior decks, movies and satellite TV, seven lounge areas, children’s activities and Bingo and karaoke for prizes. (800-841-4243, SSBADGER.COM.)

There’s a Ghost Ship in Manistee on five decks of the vintage 1930 steamship, S.S. City of Milwaukee every Friday and Saturday in October from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prepare to be scared, and beware: If you can’t handle the 72 steps of the steep staircases, stay away! 99 ARTHUR STREET (U.S. 31 NORTH), 231-723-3587 OR CARFERRY.COM. Afterward, dig into a cheesy deep-dish or New York–style pizza at Tuscan Grille, (312 RIVER ST., 231-723-4200, TUSCANGRILLE.NET.) Stay at the Little River Casino and Resort Hotel (866-473-2538, LITTLERIVER CASINOS.COM), where rooms start at $99.

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