Are you looking for a nature adventure in Michigan? Why not head to the Upper Peninsula to Munising. Here you will be able to hike, chase waterfalls after waterfalls, and go on some sensational boat tours. Here are some great ideas for things to do in Munising when you make the trip up north to one of the most beautiful areas in Michigan. Are you ready for some of the best summer travel secrets in Michigan?
Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour
If you aren’t a diver like me, the closest you can get to a shipwreck is on a glass-bottom boat tour. The Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour takes you on Lake Superior to see two historic Lake Superior shipwrecks, where one is a rare, fully intact, wooden sailing ship built before the Civil War. You will also see rock cliffs, small portals, shallow caves, and the East Channel Lighthouse on Grand Island. And you might even spot a North American Bald Eagle nesting on the shorelines of Grand Island. The boat tour takes approximately 2 hours and is scheduled daily from Memorial weekend until the second week of October.
Miners Falls is a beautiful 40-ft waterfall located on Miners River in the western portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County. A 1.2-mile hike takes you to the falls. To reach the Falls, take H58 west from Munising. Take H13 north 3.5 miles towards Miners Castle. There is a dirt road on the right that leads to falls.
Munising Falls drops 50-ft over a sandstone cliff in the westernmost portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County. Don’t expect a gushing waterfall unless you visit during the spring thaw; most times, you will only see a small amount of water flowing over the cliff.
After you tire yourself out hiking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or chasing waterfalls, come back into town for some grub. Stop into the Dogpatch for steak, seafood, or go into the Dogpatch for breakfast to start your day off right! You’ll enjoy the casual atmosphere and comics on the walls while eating your delicious meal.
Pictured Rock Cruise
One of the must-visit things to do in Munising is to schedule a Pictured Rock Cruise to give you an upfront view of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that you can’t view by staying on land. If you want to get the best photos of the Pictured Rocks, you need to go on a Pictured Rocks Sunset Cruise. The Pictured Rocks Cruises depart from the City Dock in Munising and run from mid-May to mid-October. They offer three types of boat cruises, Classic, Spray Falls, and the Sunset Cruise. Most of the journeys last two and a half hours and take you past the 15 miles of natural forming sandstone cliffs towering above Lake Superior.
Sand Point Beach
Sand Point Beach is a picturesque beach offering you gorgeous views of Grand Island Harbor Bay. You can enjoy the sandy beach and clear, calm waters while taking in the views. You can often find families out here swimming and enjoying the nice summer weather.
The Wagner Falls Scenic Site is a 23-acre Michigan State Park located in central Alger County, just 1.5 miles south of Munising. From Munising, follow M-28 East for 1.2 miles, then turn right onto M-94 West. Continue for .3 miles and turn left into a small parking area. This scenic waterfall is a series of waterfalls nestled among old-growth pine and hemlock trees. There is a .1-mile trail that connects the parking lot to an observation deck overlooking the falls to access the falls.