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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Alpena
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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 April 16, 2014

NOAA has done great things building this attraction. Millions of dollars have been spent to simulate early shipping on the Great Lakes. In addition, the have on display many artifacts from shipwrecks from ThunderBay and surrounding areas in Lake Huron.

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

A fun place to visit and explore whether alone or with kids. Great information about all the shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay and cool exhibits! Check out the Science on the Sphere and real shipwreck artifacts.

Thank bets1113
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I had no idea there were so many shipwrecks on the great lakes.

Lake Huron is a particularly treacherous one. This is the place to come and learn all about it.

Well worth a visit.

Thank ThePackedBag
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a great place to visit whether you are alone or with your family. We are museum spoiled living in Chicago -so we're picky. The sanctuary is very well designed, informative, and engaging.We go to Alpena annually, and make a stop every year. The maritime history in the area was surprising. I recommend a shipwreck boat tour (in season) as a partner experience to visitng the sanctuary.

There is no admission and it is open all year. Donations are accepted and I would encourage them -this place is worth it!

Thank wandering-until-
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Enjoyed the opening night of the Thunder Bay Oceanic Film Festival. Fun & Educational and enjoyed the museum before the movies.

1  Thank Glad2Bee
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