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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

#1 of 35 things to do in Alpena Features Animals
Waters of Lake Huron Off the Coast of Northeast Michigan, Alpena, MI 49707
+1 989-356-8805
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Great history done well

We really say this is a don't miss before the shipwreck tour . Staff very helpful , recommended a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
EricaJerseygirl
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It was OK...

We bought vouchers from Upnorth Live for this tour so we got a very good price (which is why I gave... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nursemomtothree
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square miles of Lake Huron, protecting one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Lake Huron's unpredictable weather and rocky shoals helped Thunder Bay earn the unfortunate name of "Shipwreck Alley." During the Great Lakes' 200-year shipping history, scores of vessels ended their careers on the lake floor off Alpena, Michigan. Some of the wreck sites remain largely intact while other sites are only remnants. However, many wrecks remain undiscovered... These vessels, preserved in time within the fresh, cold waters of Lake Huron, still have stories to tell of Great Lakes maritime history and commerce, from the earliest explorations to westward expansion in the 1800s and modern day trade. Through exploration, education, and research, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve bring to the American public the lore of Great Lakes maritime heritage.
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Waters of Lake Huron Off the Coast of Northeast Michigan, Alpena, MI 49707
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We really say this is a don't miss before the shipwreck tour . Staff very helpful , recommended a great dinner place too. We purchased a biography movie and book great.

Thank EricaJerseygirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 a boat with some...More

Thank Nursemomtothree
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 to complete the repairs in order for our scheduled...More

Thank dennisaroy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 area. I would recommend.

Thank Veann J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great information. It is free. Open everyday 9-7. Lots of history. Old steamer relica that you can walk into was so fun.

Thank BGingerich
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit awesome displays educational for kids and adults . Can't say enough good things. Visit at least once a year.

Thank diana673
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum itself was fantastic! However the boat ride ended up getting canceled at the last minute due to "high winds". Only problem was, there was absolutely no wind. It was an absolutely gorgeous July day with hardly a cloud in the sky. To make...More

Thank Jordan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Thunder Bay specifically to ride on the ship wreck cruise to see some of the many wrecks in the area, however we received a call when we were about 15 minutes out saying due to weather the cruise was...More

Thank Jimandmona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a nice day out on the water with a very clean boat and informative staff. We floated over a shallow area that only has been shown 11 other times due to the calmness of the water. We would not have known one wreck...More

Thank Gail F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place to explore! People of all ages will enjoy their visit, while learning something about the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay. Don't miss out on a trip on Lady Michigan for a glass bottom boat tour. Unbelievably fun!

Thank Kelly S
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Kier P
14 January 2017|
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Response from Paul K | Reviewed this property |
Just the museum 1-2 hours. More for the tour.
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Chrisdonelle
17 November 2016|
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Response from CJNMichigan | Reviewed this property |
Do not know ...please give them call. All the best to you. Enjoy beautiful Alpena!
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Pete V
13 July 2015|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Dear Pete V., Thank you for inquiring about a visit to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! The sanctuary and the accompanying visitor center do not charge entry fees. However, booking an excursion with private... More
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