The growing warmth after spring in Tahquamenon Country lures visitors outside, inviting them to explore historical attractions, forested trails, waterfalls and the Lake Superior shoreline under pleasant sunshine. The change in temperature means there are several more places to visit in Michigan in summer.
From mid-June through the first week of October, visitors who want a unique view of Tahquamenon Falls State Park can do so aboard these riverboat and Toonerville Trolley tours.
These tours take you on private property along the Tahquamenon River. This 6.5-hour tour is guided by a local who has been at it for years, so you’re getting a behind the scenes scoop on the history, too. During July, most of August and Labor Day weekend, a second trolley tour is available that lasts about two hours, taking you through about 5.5 miles of wilderness within the park where there is no road access.
Each summer, Whitefish Point mingles wildlife spotting with history. Plan your trip to the Shipwreck Museum to learn about haunting Great Lakes tales and see restored Lightkeepers’ Quarters and Lifeboat Station Surfboat House, too. The museum also displays the bell from the famous Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck. While visiting, you’re likely to see bird species that fly through the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. This land doubles as acreage on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Research takes place year-round as birding experts flock to the area. There are even a few owl banding events throughout the summer!
Of course, you cannot come this far without at least dipping your toes into one of the Great Lakes. Though it has a reputation for being the chilliest of the five Great Lakes, Lake Superior is also the perfect cool down when the sun is beating on you during the day. Take a dip, fish the waters and spot some Upper Peninsula lighthouses depending on where you are at!
A visit to Newberry in the Summer means watching history come to life, heating up the adventure and being able to cool down in Lake Superior. Start planning your summer visit today!