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Address: Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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An interesting destination

We first stopped at the Soo to see the massive ships up close. We have been hooked ever since. We make an annual late summer trip. Ships can be viewed close enough to see and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fred_49341
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Rockford, Michigan
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Rockford, Michigan
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We first stopped at the Soo to see the massive ships up close. We have been hooked ever since. We make an annual late summer trip. Ships can be viewed close enough to see and talk with member of the crew. There is a visitor center with interesting and informative displays and vidio presentations. Informed volunteers willing to answer questions... More 

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Naubinway, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love visiting any time I am in town. The locks are just such an amazing engineering feat! Even better if a freighter is coming through but still fun if not.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Soo Locks was a very interesting experience if you love ships and life on the open water, which I do. When the ship we were watching was finished loading, and it was time to open the lock, the ship sounded it's horn, and it about blew my eardrums out of my head. Should have plugged them with my fingers.

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Thank Leonard G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

get the pass through time before going if you want to watch the freighters go through. viewing stand are covered. Great lakes museum in the area. good chow to go or sit down style. LSSU is a small university located just west about 3-4 miles it too was once a fort.

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Sydney Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 547 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, we had people checking their shipping apps (?) and swore that a boat/ship/rubber ducky was coming ?? So was Christmas and sadly the Ship that did appear went over to the Canadian side ! Bugger ! Either way the Locks are a fascinating achievement & would of loved to see them in operation but no luck... More 

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Louisburg, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a treat! While there we saw a tour boat, coast guard boat, and later a huge barge go through the locks. They have an awesome viewing deck and IMO, there's no need to pay to go on the tour boat. You can hear what they are saying while on the viewing deck. Played putt putt across the street and... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My highschool sweetheart and I (going 20 years marriage), took a stroll down memory lane last fall. We use to cuddle by the fountain when we were dating. The park has changed some since then, but we still got in some cuddles.

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Gladstone, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a boat nerd, you will love the Soo Locks. Sault Ste. Marie is the place to go to see Great Lakes Shipping. I can look out from the observation decks for hours (though my wife may not agree). Go!

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Thank Clemsontoby
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This destination is in the heart of the Soo's downtown and is a must visit. Within the Visitor's Center, there is a lot of interesting facts, working display of the Locks and a great photo opportunity to be Captain! Within the Locks Park, there are walking trails and an observation deck to give you a great vantage point for these... More 

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Thank Mike G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We have been to the Locks a few times, but this time we checked the schedule in advance to know best time to catch ships. The viewing area is large and can accommodate many people. It has ramps to accommodate those who could not do stairs, and the ramps are not too steep. Appreciated the history signs to understand what... More 

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