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Michigans Upper Peninsula offers attractions unmatched anywhere.

You can explore the deep woods, the depths of a mine, a shipwreck, climb to the top of a lighthouse, and hear the roar of mighty waterfalls. Canoe and kayak trips on many different rivers allow hands-on exploration. Many marked hiking trails throughout the Upper Peninsula allows one on one interaction with what nature has to offer.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Experiencing Pictured Rocks from the waters of Lake Superior is the premier way to appreciate the brilliance that is found along this 40 mile stretch of lakeshore. This land can only be classified as nature’s artwork. While adventuring with Pictured Rocks Cruises you will pass famous landmark points such as Miners Castle, Lovers Leap, Indian Head, Grand Portal, Chapel Rock and many more natural formations that will captivate your gaze and imagination. Please join us and come explore the stories in stone with a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Website: http://www.picturedrockscruises.com/

Kitchitikipi – “Big Springs” Palms Book State Park Thompson Michigan

Two hundred feet across, the forty foot deep Kitchitikipi is Michigan’s largest Spring. With over an amazing 10,000 gallons a minute gushing from its fissures in the underlying limestone, this crystal clear attraction is absolutely amazing and mysterious. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated & tethered observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and mysteries. Ancient tree trunks, lime encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.

Website: http://www.uppermichiganwaterfalls.com/Kitchitikipi.html

GarLyn Zoo Experience the Wild!

GarLyn Zoo is located on US-2 in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. We’re just 6 miles east of Naubinway, 40 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge. The zoo is a small intimate family run zoo nestled in the mature pine forests on the shores of Lake Michigan. We offer a child friendly atmosphere and people friendly animals. You will enjoy the natural wooded appeal of mature pines and cedar mulched trails. Feed and view the animals up close. See and enjoy animals from around the world. This is just what you come to the Upper Peninsula for, a walk in the woods and to see live animals. Grain can be purchased to hand feed many of the animals including whitetail deer, sika deer, pygmy goats, llamas, chickens, ducks, peacocks and yes, you can even feed Fuzzy the bear.

Website: http://www.garlynzoo.com/

Explore the depths of Lake Superior and its sunken vessels

This is the best place in the U.S. to view shipwrecks!

Located on picturesque Munising Bay in Munising, Michigan, Shipwreck Tours offers modern travelers a chance to see the proud boats which sailed the Great Lakes before the turn of the century.

Website: http://shipwrecktours.com/

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round.  Please call 800-635-1742 for exact hours.

Website:  http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/

Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Oswald’s Bear Ranch, one top 10 best family-friendly Upper Peninsula Attractions located just north of Newberry, MI.  This complex is the largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America. Since opening to the public in 1997, Oswald’s Bear Ranch has grown tremendously both in size and in bears.   Shown here is founder and owner Dean Oswald with one of the large males that he has raised since his rescue as a cub.  With lots of room to roam, these rescued bears are given a chance to continue their lives in natural habitats and comfort.

We now have 40 bears, 2 huge habitats (1/2 and 1/3 mile perimeter) and 2 habitats (1/4 mile perimeter each). The yearling bears have a wonderful waterfall within their habitat. We invite you to explore Oswald’s Bear Ranch which is family friendly, affordable and fun.

Website: https://www.oswaldsbearranch.com/

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Paddle the most iconic stretch of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

We’re the only trip along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that shows you the best of the park. Cruise aboard our 56-foot passenger vessel and launch your kayak right where the most notable scenery begins.

Website: https://paddlepicturedrocks.com/

Seaberg Pontoon Rentals

Website : https://seaberg-pontoon-rentals.business.site/

Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours

America’s first and today’s best Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour since 1992! Take an excursion back in time to the industrial ages of American shipping History. Let us introduce you to Lake Superiors natural underwater museum featuring a rare, fully intact, wooden sailing ship that was built before the Civil War and sits only a few feet from the surface of the lake.

The trip takes about 2 hours, visits two different shipwreck sites, rock cliffs & caves, a historic lighthouse, and the exquisite beauty of Grand Island and Munising Bay.

Website: https://shipwrecktours.com/

Kewadin Casinos

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Deyoung Family Zoo

DeYoung family Zoo is home to over 400 animals from around the world. We believe in large natural habitats with real rocks to sun on, trees to climb, grass to roll around on, and ponds to swim in! From exotic to domestic there is sure to be something for everyone. Take a tour through our family album and get a sneak peak of what to expect on your next visit!

Website: http://www.thedeyoungfamilyzoo.com/

Fayette Historic State Park

The 711-acre Fayette Historic State Park blends nature and history. The park features a historic townsite, a modern campground, harbor slips, a boat launch, a beach and 5 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails with impressive views from the limestone cliffs that surround the harbor.

The historic townsite, a once bustling iron smelting industrial community, features more than 20 historic buildings. A visitor center provides opportunities to learn about life in a 19th century industrial town through interpretation provided by the Michigan Historical Center. Visitors can take guided tours or self-guided walks.

Website: https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=417&type=SPRK