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“Great Place to spend some time”

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Alpena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place is a fine place to visit! A GREAT USE OF TAX PAYER'S MONEY! Very nice exhibits and displays.They actualy have a ship built in side the museum. ( you can walk thru it) They are also connected with the other Under Water Preserves in the U.S.

Thank BarryN678
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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Admission is free and it's a great place to see for all ages! Lots of hands on for the kids and a lot of really cool artafacts!

Thank Justinejo
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

If you're in the area it's worth a look if you have some time on your hands. The history of the area and the shipwrecks are pretty neat to look at.

You can't really complain because it's free! That's always a big plus. There are several pretty cool displays one of which was half a ship that you can actually walk through and see what sailors of the past had to endure.

There is a really neat sphere globe where they put projectors from several points in the room to make it look like planet earth and then they play a video on it. I thought it was the highlight of the trip.

My only complaint is that it was definitely smaller than I expected. You make your way around the entire place in less than 45 minutes. Still it's something to do in the area, and it's free.

Thank anonymousconnoisseur
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Over 70 well preserved sunken ships
Call Captain Mike (Theut) for the best tour ever. If you dare, stay in his B&B on the lighthouse (Middle Island)

Thank JulianaTexley
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Enjoyed it, learned more about the Great lakes; and maybe someday would go in a boat to see shipwrecks up close.

Thank Anne C
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