There is a lot to do in the Marquette area, any time of the year! Here are just some of the local attractions…
Marquette County History Museum
The museum traces the history of the county from prehistoric copper culture to contemporary times. The museum is also the starting point for walking tours of Marquette’s Historic District.
U.S. Ski Hall of Fame
Just a short twenty minute ride to see how skiing got started in the United States. The only National Hall of Fame in the state of Michigan.
Sugar Loaf Mountian
Known as “Tatosh” by the Indians, this mountain rises 500 feet above Lake Superior. A hiking trail, complete with 302 steps guides you to the summit with a spectacular view of Lake Superior.
Upper Harbor Ore Dock
Built in 1911, this 1,300 foot dock was the first pocket dock in the world constructed with steel reinforced concrete instead of wooden timbers. Still active, the 75 foot high dock hosts two to three ore carriers per day during the shipping season.
Close proximity to shopping
Downtown Marquette is Lake Superior’s civilized gateway to the rustic splendor of Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Historic brownstone buildings, trees, benches and street lamps line Washington Street and Front Street providing a picturesque setting anytime of the year.
The largest wooden dome in the world, The Superior Dome, is owned by the State of Michigan and operated by Northern Michigan University. Opened in September 1991, the Dome is 150 feet high and is 272,300 square feet. It contains more than 100 miles of Douglas Fir tongue-in-groove decking.
Marquette Maritime Museum
This museum tells the rich, rewarding story of the Maritime heritage of Marquette and Lake Superior. A must see, open from May 1 until October. The museum is also offering tours of the Lighthouse this summer.
Mattson Lower Harbor Park
Located just north of the ore dock in Marquette’s Lower Harbor, the 22 acre Mattson Lower Harbor Park has a large grassy open space area, park benches, picnic tables, Kid’s Cove Playground (a very large wooden play structure built through community donations and volunteers), an architecturally designed period concession/restroom facility, boat ramp, and a large nearby breakwater. The shoreline bike path runs through the park and an illuminated walkway with period style lighting parallels the waterfront along the bulkhead.
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Amid the forested ravines of the Marquette Iron Range, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum overlooks the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region.
This wonderful museum tells the tale of the Michigan Iron Industry in graphic detail. Admission is free.
Presque Isle Park
A 328 acre municipal park known for its outstanding natural beauty. Self guided nature walk and a bog walk as well as a two mile road that circles the island. Many splendid cliffs and overhangs over Lake Superior.