Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena: Hours, Address, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a 4,300 square-mile marine protected area dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes and their rich history. The cold, fresh water of Lake Huron has preserved a nationally significant collection of nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the sanctuary. Dive in and begin your sanctuary exploration at the visitor center - the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena, Michigan - or visit the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail, a network of unique outdoor experiences along the sanctuary’s coastline. Experience the individual shipwrecks of Thunder Bay through recreational diving, snorkeling, and paddling at many of the shipwreck sites. Thunder Bay also provides an opportunity for anglers to target many fish species. Commonly caught fish in this area include walleye, bass, northern pike, yellow perch, trout, salmon, and whitefish. Come learn about the rich history of the Great Lakes region at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
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RJRobinson
87 contributions
WOW SO AWESOME & FREE
Sep 2019
We arrived @ the Marine Sanctuary about 30 min. prior 2 closing. The thoughtful young employee said, " Don't worry I can stay a little late since U have traveled so far. ( I really think it was due 2 respect 4 our Seniors). Our group was 20 Seniors & there was plenty of activities & space 4 all of us 2 enjoy the exhibits. Even our wheelchair friends were able 2 participate N all the activities. We watched the videos & checked out the exhibits. One of the favorites was when we "boarded a ship" & saw how rough a trip would B 4 those on a small sailing vessel. My only regret is that we were not able 2 go out on the glass bottom boats 2 C the shipwrecks N Thunder Bay. This is a must C 4 people of all ages especially educational 4 children. I hope 2 someday return 2 this interesting museum.
Written October 11, 2019
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Kathy B
Port Austin, MI23 contributions
fun free place to be on rainy day
Jul 2019
We found this gem on a rainy day, and we have been back serveral timesthey have alot of differant things to view. something for eveyone
Written October 9, 2019
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Golf1949
Lake Oswego, OR59 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2019 • Couples
We are from the west coast have had little knowledge of the history of the Great Lakes (other than the song “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”). Excellent films and displays. Would defiantly recommend a plan to visit!
Written September 29, 2019
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Cheryl C
Port Huron, MI11 contributions
Nice surprise
Sep 2019 • Couples
We stopped here on a rainy Sunday morning waiting for the sausage shop to open before leaving town. It was a very pleasant surprise. Well done FREE museum. We would return again with more time to spend.
Written September 22, 2019
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OurWanderingCasa
Burlington, Canada662 contributions
Neat Displays
Sep 2019 • Couples
Small but very well done museum. Particularly liked the schooner display that really gave you a sense of what it would have been like in a storm on the Great Lakes in the 1900s.
Amazed at the number of wrecks in this area, how they happened and how the cold waters preserve them.
Would have loved to take the boat tour out to some, better planning next time.
Free admission, can’t beat that.
Written September 22, 2019
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DebAW16
Bloomfield Hills, MI183 contributions
Excellent Attraction
Sep 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed our time at the museum and would highly recommend it. First of all, it’s free, can’t get any better than that! And it was so informative. Lived in Michigan most of my life and had no idea that Thunder Bay has so many vessels sunk there. It will take about 2 hours to see it and attend the films.
Written September 14, 2019
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Lois B
Wauseon, OH92 contributions
Drove 500 miles just to see this.
Aug 2019
We feel so terribly disappointed. When we arrived we were told that the glass bottom boat has blown an engine and therefore it would not be repaired until the next week.
Written August 22, 2019
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Lisa K
Alpena15 contributions
Amazing
May 2019
There are so many neat and old things to see, it will take you a while to see everything. Plan to be there a few hours.
Written August 11, 2019
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Dianne B
Rockford, MI62 contributions
Very Good Experience
Aug 2019 • Friends
A very informative experience regarding the ships that have sunk in the Great Lakes. Great videos shown at the beginning and then lots of pictures and descriptions of the lost ships. A replica of a ship that we could walk through...very cool experience. Also, a very nice gift shop.
Written August 5, 2019
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Twinky
Markle, IN32 contributions
Nice museum
Aug 2019 • Family
This is a very nice museum representing the shipwreck and history of Thunder Bay. Has a nice gift shop. Many artifacts to check out. Could probably spend an hour or so checking it out. They offer boat tours too. I would skip the boat tour, we found it very disappointing due to poor water clarity. Overall, a nice place to check out in Alpena.
Written August 4, 2019
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