There are lots of fun things to do in Marquette, MI, at all times of the year! Check out our calendar at the bottom of the page for current events in Marquette and join our dynamic community. Our hotel is close to many great attractions. The Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University is the largest wooden dome in the world and hosts a variety of sporting events, including football, lacrosse, soccer, and softball. They also have the space for larger conventions for many diverse groups, such as craft shows, car shows, and the U.P. Builders show. The Berry Event Center is another great arena, with an ice skating rink for NMU hockey. Check out downtown Marquette for some great shopping and bring home a souvenir from your visit. We are also close to Lake Superior with lots of great birdwatching and hiking opportunities.
Michigan is home to many dynamic winter sports, such as skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding at Marquette Mountain but an emerging activity is Fat Tire Biking. Glide over any terrain on your cruiser bike with puffed soft tires for a smooth ride. These bikes are able to be ridden on beaches and snowy conditions. Groomed snow is perfect for snow biking, and the Noquemanon Trail Network has 30 miles of groomed trails for fat tire bikers to use. While snow biking is ranked as one of the top things to do in Marquette, these trails are also great for snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
A bit of a drive at 35 miles away, but well worth it to visit the first officially designated National Lakeshore in the United States with breath-taking rock formations. Explore 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs that have been naturally sculpted into shallow caves, arches, and formations resembling castle turrets. There are waterfalls and sand dunes to discover in nature’s beautiful rainbow. The colors of the cliffs come from the large amounts of minerals and date back to the Precambrian period.
Hiking is an easy way to see Miners Castle and the Grand Sable Dunes as well as the rest of the shoreline. Sea kayaking is a popular method of seeing the park but kayakers should use caution due to the dangerous and cold water. Don't miss out on one of the most unique things to do in Marquette, Michigan!
From Ishpeming to Marquette is a 16 mile race on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail that attracts many community members. Participate on foot, by bicycle, or as part of a relay team for a fun event that celebrate the heritage and recreational culture of Marquette. The race is dedicated to giving back to the community’s youth as part of the YMCA of Marquette County’s ‘Reach & Rise’ mentoring program.
The race is timed and downhill, an all-inclusive event for promoting healthy living. Bike riders and runners have staggered start times for safe transitions. “The Roll” awards ceremony and celebration is held on the Ore Dock Brewing Company at the end of the race.
Mattson Lower Harbor Park has a playground for kids, boardwalk to stroll, and trails for biking and rollerblading. Overlooking Lake Superior, the beach is better known as the spot for Marquette’s major festivals. Check out our calendar to plan your stay around one of these dynamic events, filled with music, food, and fun!