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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Waters of Lake Huron Off the Coast of Northeast Michigan, Alpena, MI 49707
+1 989-356-8805
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Wonderful place to visit Family Friendly

Great experience for family, and a trip on the glass bottom boat is great too. I enjoyed it and so... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
PBens
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Alpena, Michigan
Hidden gem..more than a 5 star rating

Love love love this place. We visit once or twice a year when we are in Alpena for vacation. What... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
marybT5775QN
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square miles of Lake Huron, protecting one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Lake Huron's unpredictable weather and rocky shoals helped Thunder Bay earn the unfortunate name of "Shipwreck Alley." During the Great Lakes' 200-year shipping history, scores of vessels ended their careers on the lake floor off Alpena, Michigan. Some of the wreck sites remain largely intact while other sites are only remnants. However, many wrecks remain undiscovered... These vessels, preserved in time within the fresh, cold waters of Lake Huron, still have stories to tell of Great Lakes maritime history and commerce, from the earliest explorations to westward expansion in the 1800s and modern day trade. Through exploration, education, and research, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve bring to the American public the lore of Great Lakes maritime heritage.
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Waters of Lake Huron Off the Coast of Northeast Michigan, Alpena, MI 49707
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Great experience for family, and a trip on the glass bottom boat is great too. I enjoyed it and so did 5 year old grandson.

Thank PBens
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Love love love this place. We visit once or twice a year when we are in Alpena for vacation. What makes it great is that they do not charge a fee to enter. We always find something to buy in the gift shop. Feel like...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Visit when in the area or in close proximity!!! Wonderful museum and great staff, very knowledgeable!

Thank Amy D
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We enjoyed everything here: we were shocked at how much there was to see at the museum. Definitely fun to walk on the large indoor boat and climb above the exhibits with my son. The boat tour was awesome. Our narrator was very friendly with...More

Thank OriginalFrau
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Beautiful, well-maintained museum about the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We loved the replica ship as it did give you a feel for what life was like on a Great Lakes schooner. They also had riverboat trips available.

Thank 6camaro7
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary far exceeded my expectations! The visitor center, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is well worth a visit. It is much larger than is first apparent and contains displays of interest to both kids and adults. The staff was...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Went out on the calmest day of the summer (late summer) or so said the captain. Went further than typical, so saw fewer wrecks but took longer to get there an back than they ordinarily go. Very nice day; very nice tour/stories; very nice trip.

Thank MarkAW-GRMI
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We enjoyed seeing the museum. It was very informative as to the shipwrecks in the sanctuary. They tell you a lot about the wrecks that you see on the tour. Would recommend reading up on the wrecks if you do the tour.

Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

One doesn't expect such s valuable educational visit. Great for all ages. Really worth anyone's time.

Thank Margaret L
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Extremely nice museum covering the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Very well laid out and informative information. Three really good short films in the theater. The offer boat rides to sunken ships in good weather. A real gem of a museum

Thank jocelynd102
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Kier P
14 January 2017|
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Response from Paul K | Reviewed this property |
Just the museum 1-2 hours. More for the tour.
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Chrisdonelle
17 November 2016|
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Response from CJNMichigan | Reviewed this property |
Do not know ...please give them call. All the best to you. Enjoy beautiful Alpena!
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Pete V
12 July 2015|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Dear Pete V., Thank you for inquiring about a visit to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! The sanctuary and the accompanying visitor center do not charge entry fees. However, booking an excursion with private... More
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