Marquette Travel Guide

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Marquette Highlights

  • Pro
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    ollever906 says…

     Beautiful scenery, clear water, clean streets, friendly people 

  • Con
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     Seven months of winter (unless you LOVE snow sports), hardly any shopping to speak of. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go there, relax, have fun! 

Marquette Things to Do

  • Lake Superior Beach Action

    I parked the truck overnight at a pull-out (where sign said no overnight parking) a couple miles east of Marquette, where there is a wealth of sandy beaches. Lake Superior is definitely colder than Lake Michigan in summer, but I found it warmer than the Pacific Ocean of California. There aren't any significant waves unless a storm comes.

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  • Northern Michigan State University

    This was a teacher's college founded in 1899, on 22 acres and starting with just 32 students, hoping to meet the regional K-12 schooling need. Today, there's a large hospital that has an extensive nursing program. The campus is not rich in old architecture, much to my disappointment, but the landscape of newer buildings is shaping up.

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  • More Marquette Residential Architecture

    Walk North from downtown toward the university and you will find many fine old homes. Many of these are listed and protected by law.

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Marquette Restaurants

  • Fresh and Inexpensive Mexican

    I'll never eat at Taco _ell again! The Border Grill specializes in tasty fresh and reliable Mexican dishes, rapidly served but individually prepared. The owners have recently relocated to Marquette from California, and are proud of having neither microwaves nor fryers in their restaurant. Many people in Marquette say that this is their favorite...

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  • Great dogs, great fries!

    These dogs have got the snap. You know...that perfect bite that a great hotdog has! It can be hard to find, but when you do find it, you appreciate it. My husband and I have come here several times: the dogs rock! Their Chicago Dog is spot-on, down to the poppyseed buns and even the celery salt; The Detroit Style Coney Dog is just as you'd suspect:...

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  • A Gourmet Treat

    Open for lunch and dinner, Elizabeth’s Chop House is the place to go for that special meal. This restaurant is run by Certified Executive Chef Tom Wahlstrom and his wife Elizabeth, with the Chop House offering a fine dining experience with fresh seafood and steaks. You will also find pork chops, lamb chops, and chicken breast. For your salads, you...

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Marquette Nightlife

  • Summer patio evenings on 3rd Street

    Blackrocks Brewing rocked the bar scene in Marquette when they opened in late 2010. They took an old four-square house on Third Street and converted it into the niftiest little "nanobrewery" "and beer club" east of the Mississippi. The placed is operated by a team of some of the most interesting and well-connected guys in the northwoods, and this...

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  • Cozy, clean downtown tavern

    Nothing really special about the Doghouse, but it's smaller than other downtown MQT bars, and it attracts a somewhat older and more mature crowd than the Verabar nightclub across the street. "Beer and a shot" kind-of-place.

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  • Urban Ambience and a Great Beer Scene

    The best new thing in Marquette in 2012, the Ore Dock Brewing Company is an example of the exciting "knock-on" developments that the great craft beer revolution is bringing about in American towns and cities. Little Marquette Michigan, population 25,000, now has Three Craft Breweries - and they are all within walking (or crawling) distance of one...

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Marquette Transportation

  • Marq-Tran

    Our local transportation agency is called Marq-Tran, and they provide both "fixed route" and "door-to-door" service using their fleet of buses and vans. Helpful for getting up to ISH or NEG -- or out to KI Sawyer and Gwinn. This year I told a Marq-Tran bus out to the airport as the first leg of my trip to Amsterdam. Quick, direct service - and it...

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  • Medical Transportation

    Often times people who may be patients at Marquette's regional medical center, Marquette citizens experiencing a medical emergency, visitors to the city will require medical transportation either to the hospital emergency room, or out of the hospital bound for home, nursing homes, or maybe other hospitals. Marquette is lucky to be home to the...

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  • Sawyer International Airport [sic]

    This is one of those so-called "International" airports in the United States which doesn't have any direct flights out of the country. Oh well, I guess it's the thought that counts.That said, Marquette has pretty good air service for a town of 25,000 people. There are daily nonstops to Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit. It's the flights to Detroit...

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Marquette Shopping

  • Trendy & Affordable Men & Women's...

    Che Bello has trendy, affordable and unique men and women's clothing and accessories. A lot of their brands are Made in the U.S.A. and they also carry local Marquette apparel and jewelry. They receive new items each week so you always have something new to shop for! You can shop in-store, from their website or straight from their Facebook page. You...

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  • Washington Street Gift Shops

    Marquette is a good place to shop for fine souvenir gifts. I bought a very nice locally made wood clock that shows the Great Lakes in relief. I also bought my wife beautiful iron and copper ore jewelry. Many of these stores feature fine artwork, woodwork, and jewelry made by local artists, as opposed to the Chinese produced coffee mugs and other...

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  • For all your Hockey and Ski Equipment...

    Great convenience and service at Johnson Sports Shop in the Village, close to the University, the Lake, and the great outdoors. If you have last-minute equipment needs for hockey or ski gear in the winter, or baseball or golf gear in the summer, this is the place to go.

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Marquette Local Customs

  • Fourth of July Parade

    I was a participant in the July 4th parade in 2007 - helping to advertise the play that I was in ("No Sex Please, We're British"). The parade is a big deal in my small town, attracting thousands of people. Of course, many of them are with children - and the children are most interested in the tons of candy that passed out along the parade route....

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  • Michigan Brewers' Guild - U. P. Beer...

    The U.P. Beer Festival is sponsored by the Michigan Brewer's Guild and so it features beers made from the entire state - from Kalamazoo and Detroit all the way up to the tiny town of Copper Harbor. It's become one of my favorite annual Marquette events- held on the second or third Saturday of September, which is almost always a spectacularly fine...

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  • Frosty Treats

    Frosty Treats - Need I say more?Frosty treats is a phenomenally popular soft-serve ice cream stand on Third Street, in the heart of "The Village." On a warm summer's eve, you'll meet your friends here in line at the counter, getting dipped cones, sundaes, and "blizzards," those concoctions of whipped soft serve with different flavors and candies...

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Marquette Warnings and Dangers

  • Swimming Danger in Shiras Park, north...

    Though it may look very tempting and within reasonable distance to reach from the beach, NEVER attempt to swim out to the "Picnic Rocks" on the north side of Shiras Park beach, the parking lot turnout along Lake Superior where Fair Avenue and Lakeshore Drive intersect. This area is notorious for strong currents despite the short distance, and many...

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  • A lot of snow!

    Sometimes Marquette gets a lot of snow all at once. This can be problematic if you have to park your car outside for an extended period of time. Say for example you are flying out of the airport, and you want to leave your car. There's no parking garage! In the winter, it's always a question whether you'll be able to find it when you get back....

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  • Stay off the breakwalls during storms,...

    Do I have to tell you this? Avoid walking on the breakwalls when there are high waves - or when there is a storm approaching. Every few years someone gets swept off and drowns. Last time it was two students at the university here. They didn't believe that Lake Superior could kill them. Ach. Do use common sense and caution when swimming in the Lake....

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Marquette Tourist Traps

  • Da Yooper Tourist Trap

    Ok, this isn’t actually in Marquette, as it is located west of the nearby town of Ishpeming on highway US 41. But it is a tourist trap, because the store even tells you it is a tourist trap. If you head over that way to visit the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, or are arriving or leaving Marquette along US 41, you may want to stop at Da...

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  • Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

    Da Yoopers are a local band that has achieved success for their gentle mockery of regional upper peninsula culture and life. Their "Tourist Trap" is a mock museum (and gift shop) that pokes fun at the rustic way of life here in the northwoods. Not surprisingly, a lot their humor is very crude, involving outhouses, drunken deer hunters, and...

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Marquette What to Pack

  • by LisaInTX Written Oct 26, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I've only been to Marquette in the winter time, so I'm not sure on what to bring at other times of the year, but the following is what we bring: snow boots, snow pants, winter jacket, 2 to 4 pairs of gloves per person (if you play in the snow a lot like we do, they get wet on the inside), hat, scarf or neck warmer, sunglasses (if the sun comes out, that snow sure gets bright), winter sports equipment. Also, when traveling with children, it's a good idea to bring some indoor games, like a deck of cards, Uno, Outburst Jr, and play games like Hangman, 20 Questions, and Charades.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Blistex or something for chapped lips

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Marquette Off The Beaten Path

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Take the 42-mile scenic drive from Marquette to Munising along highway SR 28. In Munising you may visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by taking a boat ride along the base of these colorful cliffs. Picture Rocks National Lakeshore contains colorful sandstone cliffs along its 40 mile shoreline, as well as beaches, waterfalls, lakes, and...

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  • Travel out to the Painted Rocks

    Take a trip out to the Painted Rocks in Munsing, MI. It's quite amazing. These rocks are full of color. There are lots of hiking trails to explore. In fact, many of the sites require you to venture a little way on these trails.There is a boat tour of the rocks from Lake Superior. I didn't go on it, but I'm sure it'd be quite beautiful. I know there...

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  • Autumn Leaves on Harlow Lake

    Harlow Lake is one of my favorite places in the fall to catch the all-too-fleeting change of colors. From Marquette, take County Road 550 (the Big Bay Road) north. Continue past the Sugarloaf Mountain parking lot about 2 1/2 miles. There will be a small directional sign pointing off to the left, to the Harlow Lake Cabins. This is a well-maintained...

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Marquette Sports & Outdoors

  • Presque Isle in the Winter

    Presque Isle in the wintertime: the circle drive is closed off to vehicle traffic and becomes a beautifully groomed X-country ski trail. Snowshoeing is ideal on the interior paths. It's nice to take a glimpse of the ice formations on the Black Rocks, and to look out for the island deer to see how they are coping through the winter.

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  • Marquette Mountain

    I've already mentioned Marquette Mountain, and it's a great place to ski/snowboard (however, I only have ski experience). There are beginner to advanced runs. When you need a rest, the Chalet is a nice place to hang out and relax. It's right at the bottom of The Rocket (Black), and it's fun to watch the people go down it. The staff is super...

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  • What to see, where to find out about it.

    Begin your trip at the Marquette Chamber of Commerce, where you will find maps, and many helpful pamphlets. These pamphlets range from information for tourists visiting Marquette and other areas in the Upper Peninsula, as well as pamphlets to help people who are relocating to Marquette. There is staff on hand to answer your questions, as well as...

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  • Marquette County Courthouse

    A source of civic pride, this courthouse was one of the authentic locations used in the 1959 film "Anatomy of a Murder." Old-timers still cherish the memory of the time that Hollywood came to the u.p. to film local author James Voelker's courtroom drama. I've talked with local residents who still remember when Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick sat down...

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  • What is That Big Structure In the Lake?

    In 2006 we spent two weeks in Marquette, at a friend’s dock near the Lower Harbor Park, and I discovered that many tourist come down to take pictures of the structure in my photo. I was also asked a number of times what it was. What you see in the photo, is the historic, Lower Harbor Ore Dock. At one time railroad cars moved onto this dock to...

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