5 Attractions to Visit in the Soo
While Sault Ste. Marie is world-famous for one particular historic attraction, there are still tons of other great attractions to check out while in the Soo. From cruising through the aforementioned Soo Locks in tour boats to getting a bird’s eye view of the whole downtown area, here are five attractions everyone has to visit in Sault Ste. Marie.
When do Sault Ste. Marie attractions open?
The Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours – May 15, 2021
The Original Soo Locks Boat Tours – May 15, 2021
Museum Ship Valley Camp – May 19, 2021
Tower of History – May 19, 2021
River of History Museum – June 11, 2021
The names may have changed, but you can still expect the same great experience on the Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours as you’ve grown to love in years past. If you’re taking one of these 90-minute+ tours through the Soo Locks and along the St. Marys River waterfront, make sure you bring a jacket and be prepared to be entertained! (Also, if you’re going to take one mid-summer and want to sit on the top deck, remember your sunscreen.)
The Original Soo Locks Boat Tours offer the same great experiences you’ve grown to love over the years. Since 1934, this tour line has given visitors a firsthand experience of going through the Soo Locks. In addition to the Locks, try one of the line’s famous lighthouse tours!
New in 2021
The Soo Locks Boat Tours are two different companies now! No worries, you can still expect the same great service and experience from the Original Soo Locks Boat Tours and the Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours. The Original Soo Locks Boat Tours are located at 1157 E. Portage Ave. and the Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours sail out of 515 E. Portage Ave.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a sailor on a ship on the Great Lakes? Well here is your chance to explore a real life Great Lakes Freighter! Not only do you get to explore the deck of the ship, but there is full museum in the cargo hold of the ship with over 100 exhibits.
One of the exhibits is an Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial, which showcases the two lifeboats from the vessel itself. There are also aquariums located in the ship which displays four 1,200 gallon tanks. Finally, you can see what it was like to be one of the twenty-nine men in the crew while exploring the crew quarters.
The Tower of History is a sight to be seen. This engineering marvel towers 210 feet above Sault Ste. Marie. While in the tower the museum inside will teach you all about the tales of the early Missionaries, including the local and Native American history. Not only is there a cool museum, but there is a great view of Sault Ste. Marie at the top. This 360 degree view will let you see 1,200 square miles of the beautiful area.
If you have ever been interested in the history of the St. Marys river, this place is for you! This museum is set up in chronological order from the formation of the river up until the 20th century. While visiting, you will be transported into life in the early days of Sault Ste. Marie. The galleries and exhibits in this museum are explained by a self-monitored audio presentation.
Now that attractions are opening in the Soo, we can’t wait for you to visit. If you’re just as excited as we are, share your Sault Ste. Marie adventures with us with #ilovethesoo on your social media. We would love to see what your favorite adventures are! For more Sault Ste. Marie fun, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.