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Address: Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Phone Number:
+1 800-647-2858

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Boats go up and down very slowly

If you are at the Soo, this is worth an hour or more. Dont miss it if you are there. There is a phone # you can call to find out when ships are arriving. It opens at 9am and... read more

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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are at the Soo, this is worth an hour or more. Dont miss it if you are there. There is a phone # you can call to find out when ships are arriving. It opens at 9am and ships are always there then. Hours are 9am-6pm

Thank fedelaney
McMillan, Michigan
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37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our friends to see the boats come though the locks and was having a great time. We walked around the park and saw just about everything there. The visitor's center is really something to see also They have a movie to watch about the locks.

Thank Walter618
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The locks are nice, and a viewing platform is provided. I found only one entrance open along with plenty of security. Visible, not in the way by any means. Parking on the street is .$25/30 minutes and it is pull-in for the most part. There are some parallel free spaces on Ashton Street that are also close to restaurants and... More 

Thank John P
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our 6 year old really enjoyed watching the big boats come in. It was also neat to learn about why it needs to do it. It's in a great location in town so there are little shops and restaurants in walking distance.

Thank Amber B
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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86 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an engineering marvel that allows marine craft of all sizes to be lifted or lowered between the great lakes. Don't miss this. There are many great restaurants on the Michigan side to eat at and wait for a ship to come through

Thank vla62
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The Soo Locks is not only very important to shipping around the world, it is also a great and fun place to visit! I never miss the opportunity to visit the Locks when I'm there. Be sure to go into the Visitor Center, there are many fun facts about the ships and their routes.

Thank Sandy S
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99 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We made the trip after lunch. Don't forget to mention you are a senior or veteran when purchasing tickets. The boats are clean with restroom and beverage and snack bar. The staff was pleasant and enjoyed answering questions. They will help with handicapped patrons. Our service dog was welcome. We had a great trip. This would be fun for all... More 

Thank cargirl7
Rockford, Michigan
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We first stopped at the Soo to see the massive ships up close. We have been hooked ever since. We make an annual late summer trip. Ships can be viewed close enough to see and talk with member of the crew. There is a visitor center with interesting and informative displays and vidio presentations. Informed volunteers willing to answer questions... More 

Thank Fred_49341
Naubinway, Michigan
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Love visiting any time I am in town. The locks are just such an amazing engineering feat! Even better if a freighter is coming through but still fun if not.

Thank Yooper_6232
1 review
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The Soo Locks was a very interesting experience if you love ships and life on the open water, which I do. When the ship we were watching was finished loading, and it was time to open the lock, the ship sounded it's horn, and it about blew my eardrums out of my head. Should have plugged them with my fingers.

Thank Leonard G

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