Things To Do In Marquette

    The first stop on any trip to “Da Yoopers Tourist Trap” is the large outdoor walk-through museum. The grounds contain some typical U.P. humor displays like “Camp-Go-For-Beer” and “The Man Camp”. Also on the must-see list are creative Yooper innovations such as the world’s first payloader, “Gus”- the biggest running chainsaw in the world and “Big Ernie”- the largest working rifle in the world. Local artwork and historical exhibits including the underground mining display complete the outdoor museum. Inside, Yooper gifts, apparel, sports memorabilia, gag-gifts, collectibles and more line the store walls. “Da Yoopers Tourist Trap” is located in Ishpeming on US41 West.
    Down Wind Sports is a sporting goods store specializing in outdoor recreation. Conveniently located in downtown Marquette, this local business features supplies for sports of all seasons including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Not only does Down Wind sell premium equipment and apparel, they also provide rentals for those who are visiting or wish to try before buying.
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    Lake Superior Theatre has become a cultural Marquette highlight since it's opening in 1999. Each summer, the theater group puts on a variety of plays and musical theater, with many of them focusing on “Yooper” life. Past plays include “Guys and Dolls”, “Superior Hero”, “Points North”, and the original classic “Beacon on the Rock”. Shows are held in a remodeled yacht yard located between Mattson Park and the Coast Guard break wall in downtown Marquette. Call ahead for tickets or stop by the ticket kiosk located in Mattson Park.
    Lakeview Arena is home to the Marquette Iron Rangers, an NAHL team, and was home to Northern Michigan University hockey from 1976-1999. Aside from the Rangers games, Lakeview opens for pulic skating and drop-in hockey, and skates can be rented for a minimal fee. Lakeview also houses yearly events such as the circus and concerts. Outside the facility is a skateboard park open in summertime. Located right off the lake and next to the YMCA, Lakeview is the perfect stop for a fun workout!
    Maple Lane is a great place to enjoy the snow-covered hills of Skandia. Located 15 miles south of Marquette, this cross-country ski center offers trails ranging in difficulty. Skiers who do not have their own equipment can buy or rent skis, poles, and outerwear; if equipment needs wax or repairs, Maple Lane also provides those services. After a day outside, skiers can relax in the lodge with some hot cocoa and snacks by the fire. In the summer season, Maple Lane has archery equipment and fields to practice shooting.
    The Marquette County History Museum is a non-profit museum created to preserve the unique heritage of Marquette and the Upper Peninsula. The museum is home to many permanent showcases, including the “Anatomy of a Yooper”, which explains the history of U.P. culture. Native American history, early trading life, and mining culture are also highlighted. Along with the permanent exhibits, each spring a new display is introduced. Be sure to check the website for upcoming events.
    Marquette Golf Club is home to the Heritage and Greywalls courses, with 36 total holes. Heritage is the original course built in 1926 and is moderately difficult. Greywalls was opened in 2005, and in 5 years has built a reputation of being a difficult but beautiful course. Greywalls has the honor of being named the #2 course by GolfWeek Magazine in Michigan and included in the Top Ten New Courses by all of the major golf publications. After playing a round, golfers can unwind in the clubhouse or browse the proshop.
    The Marquette Maritime Museum is dedicated to protecting Marquette's maritime history. Exhibits like the Edmund Fitzgerald and Lake Superior Shipwrecks are memorials for great lake tragedies. The kids will enjoy the activity table and interactive pilot house. Also offered is a tour of the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, a historic beacon now controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard. Built in 1866 to guide ore ships, the lighthouse first level has been converted into a museum, while the second floor continues guiding ships.
    Northern Michigan University's PEIF building is located off-campus between the Berry Events Center and the Superior Dome in north Marquette. While owned by the University, the PEIF is open to the public and is a great place to get a fun workout. The two-level facility has cardio machines, a weight room, and two large basketball courts. The climbing wall is family-friendly and an exciting activity on a rainy day. The PEIF is home to two pools, one with lap lanes and another with five diving boards, including a platform. A dance studio, spinning studio and racquetball courts are also available on site. Note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
    The Marquette Ojibwa casino offers a variety of gaming options for gamblers. Slot machines are available starting at $.01 and up to $5.00. Table games include Blackjack, Pitch, Craps and Roulette. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the casino hosts no-limit Texas Hold'Em tournaments. A snack bar and full drink bar are available at the casino. Check the website for special promotions.
    Built in 1904, the Peter White Public Library is currently the largest public library in the Upper Peninsula, with over 22,000 card holders. The friendly staff is trained to help patrons navigate through sections like “Juvenile”, “Adult” and “Career” making the right book easy to find. The library is also holds an audio/visual department, periodicals, archived materials, and public computers. Local artwork is displayed on the main floor, along with monthy displays. The lower level is home to the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, which produces plays and holds classes from healthy living to sculpture. Tu Kaluthia is a Mediterranean eatery on the lower level, next to an auditorium used for plays and local events.
    Experience the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior in this three hour, 37 mile Pictured Rocks cruise. One of the nine boats will leave Munising tour the bay, showing off the unique rock formations along the coast. Included in the sights are famous Miner's Castle, Indian Head, Lovers Leap, waterfalls, cliffs, and dunes. The friendly crew points out historical and cultural sites around Munising Bay. The tour also offers a sunset cruise departing in the evening, providing exquisite views of the same U.P. scenery.
    The Shiras Planetarium is the only planetarium in the Upper Peninsula, running shows once a week and for school events. The planetarium is attatched to the southwest corner of Marquette Senior High School. The shows change monthly, with features including Endless Horizons and Planets of the Solar System. Relax in reclining chairs and learn about the starry sky above us!
    The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is a national museum to recognize skiers and snowboarders who excel in their sport as competitors or donors. Stars such as Tommy Moe, Picabo Street and Jonny Mosely have been inducted into the hall of fame since its opening in 1954. Designated the “Birthplace of Organized Skiing”, Ishpeming is the perfect location for the museum due to local popularity and enthusiasm for the sport. The museum boasts a vast collection of historical artifacts and popular exhibits. Located right off US41, you can’t miss the unique architecture, as the building was constructed to resemble a ski jump.
    The Tilden Mine in Ishpeming offers three-hour tours of the open pit mine, processing plant and control room. A guidebook is provided, and the knowledgeable tour guides will direct groups with stories, historical facts and demonstrations. This tour is for adults and children age 10 and up. These tours are for a maximum of thirty people, so reservations are recommended. Buses leave the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming at noon daily. Be advised that open-toed shoes are not permitted on the tour, and safety equipment is supplied.
    The U.P. Children’s Museum’s is an interactive museum and learning center designed by children with the idea that education can be fun. Rotating showcases include “The Incredible Journey”- a tour of the body and its functions, “Over the Air”- where kids can simulate flying a plane and broadcast over the TV and radio, and a town center with everything from a beauty shop to a grocery store. Every station is designed to ensure a fun time while being educated. Be sure to check out the museum calendar to see monthly events and programs available for children of any age.
    Uncle Ducky provides exciting fishing charters in Lake Superior. Lake Trout, Rainbow, Steelhead and Salmon are some of the common fish caught in the lake. Fly fishing trips are also available for a two-day experience. If not interested in fishing, there are charters to tour Huron Island, Granot Loma, and Marquette harbor. Uncle Ducky's also rents out boats, canoes and kayaks for a self-guided tour of the area.
    As Marquette's largest shopping center, the Westwood Mall is the place to do all your shopping. JCPenny, Kohls and Younkers anchor the mall, which is also home to services like AAA Travel, salons, and Richer Image photography studio. The mall boasts many popular stores such as Vanity, Maurices, and Bath and Body Works. Be sure to stop by local favorites Panara for clothing,Jandron's for jewelry, and Sayklly's for confections!
    The YMCA of Marquette County is a family-oriented workout facility, with activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the padded Kids Gym with foam toys, or they can relax under the supervision of YMCA employees in the Kidz Zone. The Y Lounge for has video games, pool tables, crafts, and games for children ages 5 and up. The outdoor skate park has three ramps and various rails, but skaters must check-in at the front desk before utilizing the park. Adults can use the Wellness Facility, equipped with various exercise options including elliptical machines, treadmills, stair climbers, and weights. Personal trainers are available for an added fee. Check the aerobics schedule for a variety of classes. The YMCA pool has a rain tree and water slide, perfect for kids, or a lap pool for serious swimmers. The hot tub and sauna are a perfect way to unwind after a long workout.

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