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“Amazing Fun”

Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Marquette
Certificate of Excellence
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Gladstone, Michigan
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Fun”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

I love this park, I always go a couple times a year. I love that The artist would open up his land and art for everyone to see. I think thats amazing he would do this for the public and fight the township to keep it open for up. The sculptures are all one of a kind, some you can let the kids climb on. My neice and nephews love coming here. The best place in the U.P.

Visited July 2012
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Marquette, Michigan
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“Best free sculpture park in Michigan”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Great place to visit with the kids. I think of it as a free outdoor children's museum. The sculpture are almost all items that you can interact with or touch/climb on, and there is a real since of fun and humor to the place. Additionally, there is an area with a stage for concerts (also free) and some play equipment, a firepit, and a pond with fishing poles if you should want to try to catch something. We love it.

Visited July 2012
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Ohio
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113 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Interesting for everyone”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We were leaving Marquette, and had just passed the Ojibwa Casino, and THERE IT WAS! There is a Lakenenland sign over the entrance, and we drove right in. There is a stage with a shelter/roof on it, and an outhouse with a crescent moon on the door. We took the opportunity to walk our dogs around the sculpture display, but there was a car driving through, so it would be a good attraction for a handicapped or elderly person. Many, many sculptures here, interestingly inspired by (and made from) recycled metal objects. Many with upper peninsula "character" themes. Lumberjacks, hockey players, wild animals, commentary on leg hold traps, etc. Many people visited while we were there on July 25, 2012.

Visited July 2012
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Livonia, Michigan
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A bit of genius by the side of the road!”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

New sculptures are added to this attraction every year so it's worth your time to check it out whenever traveling to Marquette or the Keeweenaw. It is simple to drive through in about 20 minutes but to truly enjoy the sculptures, get out of the car and walk the groomed trails. The metal sculptures range from whimsical insects to ethereal woodland creatures to politically satirical statements.My boyfriend took many pictures of Tom Lakenien, the sculptor's, take on big business's relationship to the working man. Beleaguered midwestern Union members shouldn't miss that one. Many of the works are fashioned from old car parts, machinery etc. and can be appreciated for their both their artistic merit and creative use of materials.The creator and owner has also built a picnic shelter and fishing pond. You are welcome to just hang around and enjoy both. This is not a calculated "tourist attraction" but one man's effort to share his art and his land with travelers and locals. Its the "real U.P." at its finest. There is NO charge to see Lakenland but we always leave at least a fiver so this incredible artist can continue to amaze us with his art and sense of community.

Visited August 2011
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Illinois
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Quirky but cool”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is probably only 10 minutes of an outing but really fun. Even my jaded teenaged sons thought it was cool.

Visited July 2012
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