Sault Ste. Marie is Michigan’s first city and the River of History Museum captures the essence of that journey. 11 interactive galleries chronicle centuries of our past; listen to the tales of Native Americans, French fur traders, and others who helped to tame the St. Marys River. For hours and rates please click here.
Visit the Tower of History offers a bird’s eye view from 210 feet above Sault Ste. Marie and enjoy an aerial view of the city. An express elevator provides transport to a not-to-be-missed panoramic view. For hours and rates please click here.
Discover the 550 foot retired Museum Ship Valley Camp freighter, she tells the story of our region’s maritime history. Explore over 100 exhibits in the cargo hold of the Valley Camp including four 1,200 gallon aquariums filled with various species of fish from the Great Lakes region. Find your way to the top deck to see how the crew lived and worked. For hours and rates please click here.
Always free to the public the Soo Locks Visitor Center offers newly renovated exhibits filled with information about the St. Marys River and Lake Superior. The theater offers short films that enlighten viewers of the history and construction of the Soo Locks. The fully accessible observation deck is available to watch the world-famous locks in action. Open 9am-9pm seven days a week Mid-May to Mid-October.
The historic U.S. Weather Bureau Building is always free to the public located in the Soo Locks Park. The walls are filled with maritime history and artifacts. The life like then and now diving exhibit will make you look twice.Don’t miss the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store sales area; they have great nautical artwork. Open 10am-4pm seven days a week Mid-May to Mid-October.
Enjoy a ride through the Soo Locks and navigate the St. Mary’s River as your Soo Locks Boat Tour travels the international shoreline of the lower harbor letting you experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of Michigan’s first city. The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth so don’t miss this adventure. Please visit Soo Locks Boat Tours for schedule and rates.
Make the scenic drive to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point just north of Paradise, MI. Explore the region’s extensive maritime history with exhibits of sunken vessels and their story. Learn about the recovery of Edmund Fitzgerald’s bell and the sinking of The Comet steam engine. Don’t forget to find that perfect souvenir in the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store. Please visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck web page for hours and rates.
Put the world of heavy traffic, hectic schedules, and the everyday grind behind you and set your course for Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It’s the home of the world-famous Soo Locks, where 10,000 ships pass within arm’s reach of lucky visitors at the water’s edge each year.