Top 10 Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie, United States

December 25, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Sault Ste. Marie /ˌsuː seɪnt məˈriː/ is a city in, and the county seat of, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated on the northeastern end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the Canada–US border, and separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River. The city is relatively isolated from other communities in Michigan and is 346 miles from Detroit. The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second-most populous city in the Upper Peninsula. By contrast, the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie is much larger, with more than 75,000 residents, based on more extensive industry developed in the 20th century and an economy with closer connections to other communities.
Restaurants in Sault Ste. Marie

1. Soo Locks

Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI +1 800-647-2858
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Soo Locks

Reviewed By Sarah M

A little bit of history..a little bit of fun for the family! nice summer adventure for part of our visit....

2. Point Iroquois Light Station

Lake Superior Shore, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 +1 906-635-5311
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 278 reviews

Point Iroquois Light Station

Reviewed By Roger B - Grand Rapids, Michigan

We came across the Point Iroquois Light Station while traveling on the scenic road through the Hiawatha National Forest from south of Paradise, Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Light Station is open to the public and offers some historically recreated rooms for visitors to view. They also allow visitors to climb the light tower. There is a wooden walkway down along the shore, with access points to allow you to get down to the bay and hunt for Lake Superior agates and other wave washed stones.

3. Museum Ship Valley Camp

501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038 +1 906-632-3658
Excellent
62%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Museum Ship Valley Camp

We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the website link on Tripadvisor. Retired Great Lakes Freighter with over 100 exhibits on Shipping and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Access into the Engine Room, walk the Upper Deck to see crew quarters and pilot house. 3 levels to tour with ramp system for easy access.

Reviewed By Rick S - Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Decided to take the tour of the Valley Camp ship while waiting to go on our tour of the Soo Locks. Did purchase the basic combination ticket which included the Historical Tower and the Valley Camp ship. The Valley camp ship was interesting with alot of history in it, especially of interest was the remnants of the lifeboats from the Edmund Fitzgerald. The ship was worth the cost, but the Historical Tower was not. If you plan to go on the tour, the Valley Camp ship is the only ticket worth it.

4. Rotary Island Park

Sugar Island, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Excellent
67%
Good
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Rotary Island Park

Reviewed By Bex3975 - Green Bay, Wisconsin

Highly recommended area if you are like us that was visiting strictly to see ships and take pictures. We met amazing locals there and always enjoyed being there.

5. Soo Brewing Company

223 W Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1921 +1 906-632-4400
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4 based on 67 reviews

Soo Brewing Company

Reviewed By laurabP8029UE - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Great place to meet up with friends and family, have pizza, snacks and beer-the kids can have rootbeer and there are games on the shelves for everyone to enjoy there time here.

6. Lake Superior State University

650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1626 +1 906-632-6841
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Lake Superior State University

Reviewed By ggerskine - Orlando, Florida

Great campus with historic charm. Really pretty and great place to visit if youhave time. The campus is large do again get on those walking shoes. They have a huge ice are an here with hockey being primo. Famous players have come from here!

7. Tower of History

326 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2056 +1 906-632-3658
Excellent
32%
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 145 reviews

Tower of History

The Tower of History has Native American artifacts and 15 min video on the early history of Sault Ste. Marie, MI in the lower level. Express elevator up to a series of observation decks, one glass enclosed and 2 open aired levels for the 360 degree view of Sault Ste. Marie MI and Ontario plus the St. Mary's River System. Great place to view passing Freighters!

Reviewed By figgle0907 - Ostrander, Ohio

Really enjoyed the view of the locks and got some great pictures of the ships. Watched a pilot boat make a delivery to
One of the ships
Enjoyed reading the history Recommend visiting. We purchased ticket for valley camp with tower and enjoyed both. So much history info

8. Water Street Historic Block

405 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2049 +1 906-632-3658
Excellent
43%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Water Street Historic Block

Reviewed By StuartGustafson - Boise, Idaho

Strolling down the street, I came upon the Water Street Historic Block. There are many old houses and buildings that were instrumental to the development of this area near the Soo Locks. Signs outside describe the significance of the buildings, and some of them are open to the public. There are also several parks where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the canal.

9. Holy Name of Mary Church

326 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2056 +1 906-632-3381
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Holy Name of Mary Church

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

Had no idea there was such a thing as a Pro-Cathedral but this Beautiful Church which dates from 1881 was once the Bishops seat but got demoted when he moved on ! His loss as the Church is still a lovely building & well worth a look at if in the area !

10. George Kemp Marina

485 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2049 +1 906-635-7670
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

George Kemp Marina

Reviewed By StuartGustafson - Boise, Idaho

Right along the canal next to the Water Street Historic Block is the George Kemp Marina. As you can tell from the photo, the parking lot is well-maintained, and its entrance is bordered by a beautiful historic home on the left and the Valley Camp Ship Museum on the right.

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