A must-see stop for visitors to Marquette is Presque Isle Park, a rocky peninsula with several miles of walking trails, scenic drives, picnic areas, a band shell with summer concerts, and a nature center. Wintertime offers cross-country ski trails. Marquette also offers a variety of golfing experiences, offering four 18 hole courses from the scenic and challenging Greywalls course to the newly renovated Northern Michigan University course.
Downtown Marquette offers a nice mix of gift shops, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and convenient access to waterfront walking paths and activities. On the north side of town, the city operates an RV and tent camping park (Tourist Park) with 110 sites on 40 acres along the Dead River.
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Downtown Marquette and Lakefront
Marquette's early settlement was due to the discovery of large masses of iron ore nearby in the 1840s. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1859 and a city in 1871. The city and its residents have done a great job preserving the old historic brownstone buildings.
While mining remains part of the economic picture, the city is clean, with lots of big trees, well maintained residentail neighborhoods, and nice wooded parks.
The Marquette Harbor and park is just a few blocks walk from downtown.
In the Harbor Park parking lot we found this great example of "Yooper Ingenuity" in this Bulk Milk Hauling truck turned into a muscular Motor Home-RV Camper. Go Here to see more examples of Yooper Creativity - The Yooper Tourist Trap.
The Vierling Restaurant has been at its downtown location for over one hundred years. In 1995 they expanded operations becoming one of Michigan's first brewpubs.
Donckers is another landmark Marquette dining establishment. Founded in 1896 and at the same location since 1914, this funky place is a combination full-service soda fountain, confectionary, coffee house, and deli-style restaurant. Great food, great service.
Parks & Golfing
The Tourist Park Campground is open from mid-May to mid-October with 100 sites for either RV or tent camping and 10 rustic sites for tent-only camping. Amenities include a playground, ball diamond, picnic areas, swimming beach, full service restrooms, and RV dumpwater station.
Marquette Tourist Park Campground Map > > >
There are several excellent golf courses in the Marquette area including the exceptional Greywalls (below left) and Northern Michigan University's Chocolay Downs Course (below right).
Travel, Visitor Links & Events Schedule
Da Yooper Tourist Trap - An entertaining and educational visit in nearby Ishpeming
UP 200 Dog Sled Race - Marquette's most famous and popular winter festival
Two Months in the
In 1845 Geologist-Historian Charles Whittlesley spent two months exploring and documenting his travels from Sault Ste. Marie to the Ontonagon River. At that time the UP had only been open for settlement for 3 years and was still very much a wild and unsettled frontier. Until recently this faacinating account of life in the early UP was "lost" in 160 year old archives. Now recovered it has now been published by the Northern Michigan University Dept of History. It is available for $10 plus postage. Contact
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