Things to do Marquette

Sights, Sounds & Experiences in Marquette, MI

There are lots of fun things to do in Marquette, MI, at all times of the year! Check out our local events calendar for current events in Marquette and join our dynamic community. Our hotel is close to many great attractions. Check out downtown Marquette for some great shopping and bring home a souvenir from your visit. We are also close to Lake Superior, perfect for great birdwatching and hiking opportunities.

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Outdoor Exploration

Enjoy Michigan's beautiful landscape by exploring some of our trails! Explore in the warmer months on foot, horseback, bicycle, or by boat. Some exceptional Marquette trails include:

* Noquemanon North & South Trails
* Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
* Presque Isle Park
* Hogsback Mountain Trail
* Wetmore Pond Nature Trails

Alternatively, use a fat tire bike to embark on an adventure on the trails! Glide over any terrain on your cruiser bike with puffed soft tires for a smooth ride. 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 great for riding in any season!

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Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks

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 breathtaking 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.

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Presque Isle Park

Known as "Marquette's Perfect Playground", Presque Isle Park is a 323-acre peninsula that extends into the water of Lake Superior.

The park offers a stunning landscape with ample opportunities for cliff jumping, hiking, biking, bird watching, and water sports. Absorb the memorable views of Sunset Point and explore the sandstone ranges of Eastside Outlook.

Don't miss out on one of the most unique things to do in Marquette, Michigan!

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The Superior Dome

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.

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Local Events 

Mattson Lower Harbor Park has a playground for kids, a 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!

* Home of the International Food Festival
* Art on the Rocks
* HarborFest
* Blues Festival
* Beer Festival

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Historic Downtown

Stroll through downtown Marquette to check out beautiful brownstone buildings and historic street lamps that line Washington and Front Streets. Spot monuments like the statues of Jacques Marquette and St. Peter Cathedral.

Featuring an interesting mix of new and old, the downtown core is home to a Farmers Market and numerous independently-owned businesses.

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Downtown Marquette is always brimming with exciting things to do.

* Check out a live comedy show at Breakwall Comedy.
* Catch the game at 906 Sports Bar & Grill!
* Visit the downtown Marquette website to learn more about upcoming events and shows!

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Food & Drink

Indulge in the foodie scene during your stay at our hotel near downtown Marquette and explore some of the city’s best restaurants. The city’s historic ties to French culture have impacted its culinary scene, with a ton of amazing Creole options to choose from.

Make sure to check out Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery during your Marquette adventure, as well as a ton of other delicious dining options.