Are you feeling the spring fever? Sault Ste. Marie is the perfect place to scratch that itch! As the weather gets warmer and nature comes back to life, there are plenty of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy in the Soo. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature lover, or just looking to relax, here are four must-do spring adventures in Sault Ste. Marie!
Sault Ste. Marie: Burgertown, USA
While the Soo proudly boasts itself as the “Original Hockeytown, USA,” there’s another crown it can wear with pride – Burgertown! As the aroma of fresh spring air fills the air, nothing compares to the mouthwatering scent of Clyde’s Drive-In and the West Pier Drive-In. These iconic drive-in restaurants have been serving delicious burgers, crispy fries, and creamy milkshakes to the community for over 60 years.
Indulging in a mouthwatering burger from Clyde’s or the West Pier is an adventure in itself, but be prepared for a heated debate among locals on which one is the best!
Visit the Soo Locks
If the scent of hamburgers captures the essence of Sault Ste. Marie in the spring, then the sound of 1,000 ft. freighters’ horns captures its spirit. Following a busy shipping season in 2022, the Soo Locks are gearing up for an even busier 2023. The first freighter of the year passed through the locks on March 25th, and the Soo Locks Park is one of the busiest attractions in the Upper Peninsula. The Soo Locks Visitors Center opens for the season Mother’s Day weekend.
Make sure to visit the observation deck, which will be open this year with safety protocols in place, and witness the impressive engineering marvels of the Soo Locks in action.
“Point to Point” Sightseeing
As the snow and ice melt, revealing a fresh sense of adventure, it’s the perfect time to hit the road and explore the beauty of Sault Ste. Marie. March, April, and May are ideal months for a scenic drive along the Curly Lewis Highway, where you can visit Point Iroquois Point. For the more adventurous, consider driving up to Whitefish Point or visiting Tahquamenon Falls to see the spring run-off in all its glory!
With stunning sights at every turn, a sightseeing trip around the Soo is an unforgettable adventure.
Parks, Recreation & Relaxation
Amidst all the excitement of sightseeing and indulging in delicious burgers, taking time to relax is crucial. One of the best places to unwind is Rotary Park. It’s a perfect spot for kids to play, offers easy access to the river for fishing enthusiasts, and even combines well with our earlier suggestion of grabbing takeout from nearby Clyde’s for a picnic. You can also catch breathtaking views of freighters passing by, making it a serene and picturesque setting to relax and recharge.
Feeling the spring fever yet? Share your springtime escape photos with us on social media using the hashtag #ilovethesoo and let us know how you’re shaking off the winter cobwebs! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, TikTok Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to stay updated on all the exciting adventures and events happening in Sault Ste. Marie.
Come experience the magic of spring in the Soo and create unforgettable memories! Book your stay today and get ready for an adventure-filled getaway.