To say spring fever is something we’re all feeling would be an understatement. Luckily, Sault Ste. Marie is the perfect place to treat that itch. As warmer weather slowly makes way for summertime bliss, spring fun in the Soo brings something for everyone. Here are four must-do spring adventures in Sault Ste. Marie!

Sault Ste. Marie: Burgertown, USA
clyde's burgers

While the Soo proudly calls itself the “Original Hockeytown, USA” there is another crown Michigan’s first city can proudly wear – Burgertown. With spring comes some of the freshest smells imaginable, none nearly as fresh as the aroma of Clyde’s Drive-In and the West Pier Drive-In. These two long standing drive-in restaurants have been serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes to the community for over 60 years.

Just to try one of these top-tier hamburger shops out is worth the adventure to the Soo alone. Just be careful asking which one people prefer. It’s a heated debate.

Visit the Soo Locks

If the hamburger joints capture epitomizes the scents of Sault Ste. Marie in the spring, then nothing captures the sounds of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s premiere destination quite like the horns of 1,000 ft. freighters. Following 2021, the shipping industry is in high-gear for a busier than expected 2022. The first freighter of the year to passed through the Soo Locks on March 25. The Soo Locks Park is one of the busiest attractions in the whole Upper Peninsula, and we’re happy to share that the observation deck will be open this year with safety protocols in place.


@saultstemarie The Edgar B Speer was the first freighter through the Soo Locks this year. #saultstemarie #soolocks #freighter #greatlakesshipping #greatlakes #boatnerd #upperpeninsula #freighters #freightersofthegreatlakes #fyp #upofmichigan #yoopertok #behindthescenes ♬ Oblivion – Grimes

“Point to Point”

Now that we’ve covered the sounds and smells of springtime in the Soo, let’s cover the sights. As the snow and ice thaw, leaving behind a fresh sense of adventure, we have to recommend a sightseeing trip to remember. March, April, and May are great times to hop in the car and hit the open road. Check out the Curly Lewis Highway and visit Point Iroquois Point. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can drive up to Whitefish Point or even visit Tahquamenon Falls to see the spring run-off!

Parks & recreation & relaxation

And now, one of the most important parts of any adventure: relaxation. Be sure to take some time between all of the sightseeing, burger-eating and marveling at engineering marvels to kickback. We highly recommend Rotary Park. It’s a great place for kids to play, has easy access to the river if you want to try your luck fishing, and it partly borrows from our other suggestions. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat from nearby Clyde’s or bring your favorite restaurant’s takeout with you and get stunning views of freighters passing by.

Does spring fever have the best of you? Let us know how you’re shaking off the winter cobwebs by sharing your springtime escape photos with us on social media. Use the hashtag #ilovethesoo to join in the conversation and be sure to follow us on Facebook, TikTok InstagramPinterest and Twitter!