Enjoy the natural beauty of Presque Isle Park, the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, full service marinas, historic buildings, museums, fine restaurants, shopping, art galleries, interesting places to visit, and great recreational opportunities in Marquette, Michigan (map). Named after Father Jacques Marquette, the town was founded in the mid-1800's and was an important Lake Superior shipping port for the iron mining industry.
Marquette has been named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Enjoy awesome views of Lake Superior, historic neighborhoods, delightful downtown area, and art galleries.
Marquette is a busy community and home of Northern Michigan University, the Superior Dome, and the Olympic Education Center. Visit the downtown area where you will find a rich heritage portrayed in historic buildings, the Marquette County Historical Society, and the Peter White Library. Tour the red Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, the Maritime Museum, and stop at the World War II Silent Service Memorial just outside the Maritime Museum honoring the USS Darter and Dace crews.
Many historic 19th century buildings are located in the downtown area. Walk or drive around the area and notice the striking architecture, the unique specialty shops, interesting studios and galleries, and fine restaurants. There is ample parking available and a playground and picnic area by the Marina.
Marquette Historical Society Museum and the J.M. Longyear Research Library, 213 N. Front St., Marquette. Phone: (906) 226-3571. Open Monday through Friday year round. Pick up a map for a walking tour of downtown Marquette.
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum 123 W. Baraga, Marquette (906) 226-3911. Enjoy your visit where all of the exhibits in the investigation station are products of kids' imaginations. Open year round, hours vary with seasons.
U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, 610 Palms Avenue (on U.S. 41), Ishpeming (906) 485-6323. The birthplace of organized skiing. Displays and exhibits presenting the growth and development of Alpine and Nordic skiing. Ski Hall Gift Shop. Open year round. Hours vary according to season
Explore the rich Mining heritage where iron ore was discovered in 1844 in Negaunee
Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road, Negaunee, MI. Phone: (906) 475-7857. Located overlooking the Carp River and on the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region. Exhibits, interpretive path, and slide presentation. Located on the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region. Admission is free. Open daily May through October.
Cliff's Shaft Mine Museum 501 W. Euclid St., Ishpeming (906) 485-1882. Tour the historical grounds where iron miners walked for approximately 100 years and see exhibits, mining archives, maps, photographs, and equipment (9 buildings). View historical and unique obelisk head frames and the only Koeppe Hoist System in USA. Gift Shop and tunnel tours. See the fine collection and mineral displays of the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club and the Ishpeming Historical Society. Open Memorial Day thru Fall, Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm. Nominal fee. Call 906-485-1882. 501 W. Euclid St. Ishpeming, MI. 2 blocks south of US-41 on Lakeshore Drive.
Tours of the Tilden Iron Mine south of Negaunee, June through August, Tuesday through Saturday. 1-888-578-6489
Many Recreational Opportunities await you in the Marquette area: Enjoy hiking or biking on the local trails, fishing, canoeing, sea-kayaking, or scuba diving in the Marquette Underwater Preserve. Golf at the several area courses. Drive north on County Road 550 about 5 miles to Little Presque Isle where you will find sand beaches, shoreline cliffs, forests, songbird trail, hiking trails, and wonderful scenic views. Sugar Loaf Mountain Scenic Lookout offers a magnificent view of Lake Superior. There are several area waterfalls with maps available at local businesses.
Winter brings lots of snow and downhill skiers and snowboarders will have a great time at Marquette Mountain, while cross-country skiers will enjoy the trails at the Al Quaal Recreation area and the other groomed ski trails.
Snowmobilers will find a nice trail system through the south side of Marquette with over 200 miles of groomed trails. Ride east on the now opened trail to Munising or head west to connecting trails that take you to Big Bay, Gwinn, or that connect throughout the entire Upper Peninsula
Marquette was named one of the 25 Best Places to Retire by CNN Money in September, 2011. Some of the highlights are the local scenery & seasons, housing costs, offerings of Northern Michigan University, and the quality of the Marquette General Health System.
Enjoy our many Festivals, Arts and Craft Shows, and Special Events that are scheduled throughout the year along with our many sporting events such as sled dog races, mountain bike races, and cross-country ski events.
Photos: Saganaw by Nicole Martin. Downtown Marquette by Mary Deloria.
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