We know you are probably restless and ready to enjoy warm summer weather in Sault Ste. Marie, so we have compiled a list of six things that you have to do when you visit. Whether you’re looking for the joys of small-town living or seeking unimaginable adventures, the Soo has you covered.
Explore Downtown Sault Ste. Marie
Downtown Sault Ste. Marie has so much to offer during the summer. Between the world-famous Soo Locks, shopping and dining experiences, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Explore the Soo Locks Park and get a close-up view of 1,000-foot manmade marine mammoths passing through the locks! When you’re done watching freighters pass between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, take a stroll down Portage Avenue to enjoy a meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants downtown. But no meal is complete without dessert! Be sure to grab an ice cream cone or some fudge and explore all the unique shops downtown. You never know what treasure you may find!
Speaking of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, this year Engineers Day is back! Engineers Daywill take place on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year will allow visitors to cross the Soo Locks once again. Plus the event has expanded beyond the Soo Locks Park. Downtown Portage Avenue will close to vehicle traffic and open for pedestrians and vendors! The Soo Locks Park, Visitor’s Center and viewing platform will be open until 10 p.m. Be sure to book your stay for engineers day now!
Visit the beach
Relaxing at the beach is one of the best ways to spend warm summer days. You are never too far away from the beach while in Michigan, so grab your suit and head to one of the many beaches in the Sault Ste. Marie area.
Sherman Park is among the many beaches in our area and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Sault Ste. Marie! Enjoy a game of beach volleyball, take a swim in the waters of the St. Marys River or lay in the sand and watch freighters sail by. There is plenty to do for all ages at Sherman Park!
Whether you prefer kayaking, canoeing or standup paddle boarding, Sault Ste. Marie has many wonderful paddling opportunities. The St. Marys River is a great place to explore while you paddle. You may even get up close and personal with the passing freighters.
Voyageur Island Park is one destination you don’t want to miss on your paddling adventure. A 30-minute paddle from Rotary Park on the St. Marys River will get you to this wonderful island that is ready to be explored. Paddling docks make entering and exiting the water a breeze, so you can truly enjoy your excursion. But if you don’t have the gear, Bird’s Eye Outfitters has all you need available to rent, so you won’t miss out on the fun!
The smells and taste of summer in Sault Ste. Marie come alive at the area’s two iconic drive-ins – Clyde’s and the West Pier.
These 1950s style restaurants sit on the opposite ends of the St. Marys River, offer fantastic freighter viewing opportunities and will be sure to squash even the largest of appetites. Whether you’re craving a hamburger or a milkshake, these drive-ins have you covered. They are opened from spring until early fall.
One of the perks of being a key component in the shipping industry is that the Eastern Upper Peninsula is home to historic lighthouses all located near the Soo. Take a drive to check out these beacons that have been used for decades to keep sailors safe along the Great Lakes.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse is nearby in Bay Mills and offers splendid views of Lake Superior. Likewise, the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is a place you could spend a whole day at. Crisp Point Lighthouse remains a true hidden gem too!
We are just as excited as you are for summer to get here, and hope you consider visiting Sault Ste. Marie. Share your favorite summer activities in the Eastern Upper Peninsula with #ilovethesoo on your social media. We might even share it! For more Sault Ste. Marie fun, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.