Museums, Tours, & More

Upper Peninsula Children's Museum -upchildrensmuseum.com

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum is a regional, interactive hands-on museum featuring exceptional and unique displays and related innovative programs providing a unique place for children and families to learn through participation.  Each exhibit is the product of participatory design workshops which saw children and families designing all of the Museum’s exhibits.  This is a very unique approach to museum development which has produced a delightful children’s museum, for and by children.

Garlyn Zoo - garlynzoo.com

GarLyn Zoo is home to hundreds of native North American Animals including, Alligator, Badgers, Fox, Wolves, Bobcat, Whitetail deer, Javelina, Cougar, River Otter, Porcupine, Bison,as well as exotic animals from around the world, African Lions, Siberian Tigers, Syrian Brown Bear (Grizzly), Patagonian Cavy, Ring-tailed Lemur, Camel, Reindeer, Sika deer, Sulcata Tortoise just to name a few.

Shipwreck Museum - shipwreckmuseum.com

This non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round.  Please call 906-635-1742 for exact hours.

Seney Wildlife Refuge - fws.gov/refuge/seney

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located in the east-central portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, halfway between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The 95,238 acre refuge encompasses the 25,150 acre Seney Wilderness Area, which contains the Strangmoor Bog National Natural Landmark.  

Oswlad Bear Ranch - oswaldsbearranch.com

This complex is the largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America. Since opening to the public in 1997, Oswald's Bear Ranch has grown tremendously both in size and in bears.   Shown here is founder and owner Dean Oswald with one of the large males that he has raised since his rescue as a cub.  With lots of room to roam, these rescued bears are given a chance to continue their lives in natural habitats and comfort.

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum - cliffsshaft.com

The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is a former iron mine, now a heritage museum, located on Euclid Street between Lakeshore Drive and Spruce Street in Ishpeming, Michigan. The museum, operated by "Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park Inc.", celebrates the history of the Marquette Iron Range. The site was designated a state of Michigan historic site in 1973 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Iron Industry Museum - michigan.gov/ironindustrymuseum

Amid the forested ravines of the Marquette Iron Range, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum overlooks the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region.

Iron Mountain Iron Mine - ironmountainironmine.com

Located  at W4852 US-2 in Vulcan, Michigan, the Iron Mountain Iron Mine is a popular Upper Peninsula tourist attraction that is now known World Wide.  Visitors come from all over the world to visit this attraction.  Underground train tours are conducted daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Weekend to October 15th.  Our guides are very experienced since some have been working for the Iron Mountain Iron Mine for 20 years, 10 years.  The management and employees are ready to share mining history with you.  Come tour the Iron Mountain Iron Mine.