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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena
(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary exists to support the mission of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and maritime heritage resources, values, and qualities of the National Marine Sanctuary System for this and future generations.
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  • Really worth going too and very interesting to my husband who is a diver. Very interesting history on Lake Michigan shipping and ship wrecks. 
  • Visiting with family, we made a stop at this awesome museum. Friendly and helpful staff and the maritime artifacts are interesting. My favorite part was the life size schooner that we were able to get...  more »
  • You won'd forget the boat ride over the skeletons of dead ships. Take the kids, this one is worth going out of your way for. 
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  • The museum is interactive and full of shipwreck artifacts. There are some childrens' activities such as an indoor play area. If you go on the boat tour expecting buried treasure you will be let down. The tours are an extension of the museum that offers a view into the graves of the many wrecks of the area, while preserving them.With Besser museum and planetarium nearby, as well as several local restaurants and shops, you will not be disappointed spending the day in the area.
  • First of all, for free I don't see how you could have anything bad to say. This was a really neat place to visit. The coolest thing was definitely the storm experience on the boat at the entrance. The inside of the ship has good sounding audio simulating a strong storm. Lightning flashes in the windows, the boat creaks, the lights move on the wall... it was neat. The museum is also obviously full of shipwreck artifacts and info on the Great Lakes. There are also a couple of rooms with things recovered from shipwrecks. Be sure to open all of the drawers in here as there is a lot to see. I would HIGHLY recommend visiting here if you are in the area or it is on your way to wherever you're headed. We also did the glass bottom boat tour, but that has it's own page where I will write it's own review.
  • Beware of the 'glass bottom' boat tour. Not enough viewing space or time for the amount of people on the boat. Expensive for what you get. Go on a good day so at least you can enjoy the ride.
  • Great place to visit. Very interesting and very educational. Don't miss it.
  • Amazing place to go! This is a GREAT place to go for a fun trip! They have shipwreck stuff!