Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    We bought vouchers from Upnorth Live for this tour so we got a very good price (which is why I gave it 3 stars). Kids were excited for a glass bottom boat tour of shipwrecks - in reality it was really...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    We had booked tickets for the 4:00 p.m. tour. We telephoned to confirm reservations and were advised that the 10:00 a.m. cruise had to return early due to engine trouble. They could not get a mechanic...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Nice museum very informative. Enjoyed the shipwreck tour very much. Again informative. as a nebraskan I don't know a ton about the great lakes and was surprised at how many shipwrecks are just in this...  more »
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  • March 24, 2017
    Great free activity for all ages.
  • August 10, 2013
    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.
  • July 24, 2015
    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.
  • January 14, 2015
    Great place to visit. Very interesting and very educational. Don't miss it.
  • July 26, 2013
    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.

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