The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has become one of Michigan’s most popular destinations in the cultural tourism industry, attracting over 75,000 visitors each season. The museum is open every day May 1 to October 31, from 10 am to 6 pm. Museum patrons learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the Whitefish Point Light Station, an Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places. See the Whitefish Point Light Tower, in continuous operation for 155 years, the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, stay a night or two in the U.S. Coast Guard Crews Quarters B & B, constructed in 1923 for the Whitefish Point Lifeboat Rescue Station, and meticulously restored by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. Located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, north of Paradise and northeast of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, this is a must do adventure!
The Headlands was established in the late 1950s when Roger McCormick hired a helicopter and dropped 50lb. sacks of flour to mark the boundaries of a property he desired to purchase. The Park contains approximately 550 acres of pristine woodlands, more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline and many species of rare and endangered plant life. The Headlands became one of the first 10 International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011, a prestigious designation bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona, after a rigorous application and review process. What it means in a nutshell? The Headlands will stay dark and protected, forever, thanks to a commitment by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners.
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents. Insect World was a part of the building that we renovated in 2006 and turned into an attraction, as an addition to the butterfly exhibit. And with 16″ walking sticks, the worlds heaviest bug, too many species of beetles to name here, and walls of insect displays from around the world, educational information and live insects – the newest part of the attraction has been a huge success. You’ll want to plan on taking some time to learn about the benefits of insects to the planet we live on!
A Riverboat Tour on Crooked River is the perfect way to experience the incredible beauty of the Historical Inland Waterway . On the journey to Burt Lake, you will pass through woodland areas that offer ever changing landscapes and scenery. Passengers may even get the chance to see some wildlife that make the Inland Waterway their home! Crooked River is part of Michigan’s historical Inland Waterway connecting Crooked Lake to Burt Lake. Your trip begins between the two lakes in the charming town of Alanson. From there you will be able to view the world’s shortest swing bridge.