Marquette  is a scenic city in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. Located on Lake Superior, Marquette has a population of 21,355, making it the Upper Peninsula's most populous city. Marquette is an increasingly popular tourist destination, due in large part to its scenic beauty, thriving arts and culture scene, and proximity to an abundance of year-round outdoor recreational opportunities .
a cove on Presque Isle Park
For most of its history, Marquette was an important mining and shipping port on Lake Superior. Founded after the discovery of iron ore on the Marquette Range in 1849, the city of Marquette quickly became the epicenter of Michigan's iron mining boom in the late 18th Century. At its economic height, Marquette was a very wealthy city. Remnants of this period can be seen in the grandiose sandstone buildings and extravagant old homes that still dot the city today. During the late 19th Century, Marquette was a popular tourist destination and was known nationally as a summer haven. As the mining industry declined, so did the tourism industry. This trend has begun to change, as old industrial areas have been cleaned and repurposed, and local governments have prioritized conservation and promotion of the history and natural beauty of the area.
Today, there are only two mines left in Marquette County, down from dozens in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Mining and shipping, although still important to the local economy, are being replaced by other sources of employment. Tourism and outdoor recreation are becoming increasingly important sectors of the economy, which makes Marquette a great place to visit. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Superior, the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes. Marquette is surrounded by a mostly undisturbed wilderness, and visitors are drawn by the forests, beaches, and cliffs that are located literally within walking-distance of downtown.
In addition to its natural beauty, Marquette is also home to Northern Michigan University, a 9,000 student public university. The University fosters a cosmopolitan feel that is not often felt in cities of Marquette's size. Marquette boasts an impressive and growing culinary scene, three microbreweries, and has a lively nightlife. Marquette is home to an art museum, several regional history museums, a symphony, and several community theaters, including a local Shakespeare company. Several festivals are held annually in Marquette, particularly during the summer, when visitors may come across a festival or two almost every weekend.
Marquette is nationally recognized for its mountainbiking trails, which have been described as amongst the best in the United States. Marquette's golf courses have also won national regonition, and the hiking opportunities are almost endless. Marquette has an extensive urban bike path, and is connected to the county-wide Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a multi-use historical trail network that celebrates the history and natural beauty of the region. Marquette Mountain is a downhill ski run located within the city limits, and the year-round Noquamenon Trail network offers cross-country skiing, mountain biking, winter biking, and other outdoor opportunities. Marquette is home to several beaches, and cliff diving is a popular activity in Presque Isle Park. In recent years, surfing has become popular on Lake Superior, particularly in colder weather when the waves are much choppier. The outdoor recreation opportunities in Marquette are truly top notch.
Marquette is located on US-41 in the central Upper Peninsula. Although driving is the easiest and most common way to reach Marquette, it should be noted that the city is very isolated from the rest of Michigan. It is roughly a 7.5 hour drive from Detroit, and 6.5 hours north of Grand Rapids. The closest major city is Green Bay, Wisconsin, which lies approximately 3 hours to the south. Duluth, Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisconsin are both just under 5 hours from Marquette. In spite of the distance, Marquette is a very car-friendly city, and the journey will take visitors through a beautiful landscape of trees, lakes, and quaint small towns.
Driving in the Upper Peninsula during winter can be treacherous and might not be safe for inexperienced winter drivers, so visitors should be cautious of the weather forecast when making winter plans.
Reaching Marquette by plane is relatively easy, as several flights arrive daily from major Midwestern airports. Marquette is home to Sawyer International Airport , a former Air Force base that was converted in recent years to civilian use. The airport is served by both Delta and American Airlines, and offers daily flights to and from both Chicago and Detroit, with daily service to Minneapolis/St. Paul set to begin in March, 2017.
Sawyer International Airport is located approximately 20 miles south of the city of Marquette. The regional bus system, MarqTran, provides regular but infrequent transportation between the airport and the city. The airport has a number of rental car services, and taxis are also available upon request.
Marquette is served by Indian Trails Bus Lines , which operates a daily intercity bus service between Hancock, Michigan, and Milwaukee. Greyhound also offers daily service to Marquette.
Downtown Marquette is small and easily walkable, but most of the outdoor activities are not easily accessible by foot, so it is advisable to have a car at your disposal. There is county-wide bus service , which runs a few fixed routes and also offers door to door service, but this service is mostly used by locals and it does not serve most of the popular tourist destinations. Renting a bicycle is also an option, as Marquette is a bike-friendly city and is well served by several extensive bike paths.
- Lakeshore Bike Rental, 505 Lakeshore Blvd, ☎ +1 906 228-7547, . edit
- The Sports Rack, 315 W Washington St, ☎ +1 906 225-1766, . Offers bicycle, ski, and snowshoe rentals edit
- Quick Stop Bike Shop, 1100 N. 3rd St, ☎ +1 906 225-1577, . edit
- Rental cars are available at KI Sawyer International Airport, and at other locations in the area.
Marquette's Lower Harbor ore dock
- Downtown Marquette, . Downtown Marquette, which is located just feet away from the shores of Lake Superior, is the cultural nexus of the city. The area is both quaint and pedestrian friendly, and visitors will find a wide array of shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels, as well as many of the city's museums and historical sights. Washington Street is the primary downtown thoroughfare, while Front, Main, Spring, Baraga, and Third Streets form the core of what locals consider "Downtown Marquette." edit
- The Superior Dome, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, . Perhaps Marquette's most recognizable landmark, the Superior Dome is the world's largest wooden dome (per Guinness World Records, 2010). At 14 stories tall, the building looks even more impressive from the inside. NMU's football team plays here and the structure is open to the public daily, and the inside contains several exhibits about the history of the area and the university. Free. edit
- Marquette Ore Docks, (Both can be accessed via Lake Shore Boulevard). Another of Marquette's recognizable landmarks are the ore docks. Marquette has two massive "pocket" style docks on Lake Superior which are used to load iron ore, which is mined inland, onto the large shipping freighters that traverse the Great Lakes. The dock at the Lower Harbor is no longer operational, but it has become a symbol for the lakeshore district. Meanwhile, the Upper Harbor ore dock is still operational, and recently loaded its 400 millionth ton of ore. Visitors can observe the loading process in action (which is actually quite interesting, even just to see the massive boats coming in and out of the harbor) from Presque Isle Park on the north side of town edit
- Lake Superior. Marquette is a town built on two natural harbors, which means that Marquette is, at its core, a city that revolves around Lake Superior. Because of the natural change in elevation, the lake is truly visible from almost anywhere in the city, but it is best observed at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, a large public park on the shore just east of downtown, or from one of Marquette's many beaches. Adventurous visitors should walk out along the breakwall at Lower Harbor for the best views of both the lake and the city. edit
- Father Marquette Statue, 501 S Front Street. A large bronze statue honoring Marquette's namesake, Father Jacques Marquette. Father Marquette was a Jesuit who explored the Great Lakes region and is believed to have camped at the site where the city of Marquette was later founded. The statue is in a park near downtown, overlooking Lake Superior. edit
- St. Peter Cathedral, 311 W Baraga Avenue. The headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, this magnificent sandstone structure is one of the largest cathedrals in Michigan. It's unique design features colorful domed steeples and locally sourced sandstone brick, which makes it unlike most other American churches. This building is the final resting place of Bishop Frederic Baraga, currently a candidate for sainthood. edit
Parks and Beaches
- Presque Isle Park, (Located at the Northern terminus of Lake Shore Boulevard), . At 323 acres, Presque Isle Park is by far Marquette's largest public space. It is located on a large peninsula on the far-northern side of the city, and is undoubtedly one of the most visited attractions. It's a great location for a beautiful drive, bike ride, or hike right in town. The trail around the perimeter of the island meanders through the woods, occasionally popping out for breathtaking views of cliffs and the lake. Don't miss jumping off the black rocks, accessible from a parking area on the west side of the island. edit
- Mattson Lower Harbor Park, (Located on Lake Shore Boulevard, just East of downtown), . The location of many of Marquette's festivals, Mattson Park is 22 acres of reclaimed greenspace along the Lake Superior shore, just one block east of downtown. Showcasing great views of the lake and downtown, it features a large wooden playground, as well as a marina and great fishing opportunities along the water. There is a pavilion with restrooms and a concession stand. edit
- McCarty's Cove, (Located at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard and E Michigan Street). McCarty's Cove is Marquette's most picturesque beach. Located just north of the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, beach goers have great views of the shoreline, the lighthouse, and several offshore islands. As is common with Lake Superior, the water can be quite cold - especially early in the summer season. edit
- South Beach, (Located on S Lake Street). South Beach is probably Marquette's most popular beach, most likely because the water is artificially heated by the Municipal Power Plant, which is located right next to the park. If Lake Superior is too cold for you ordinarily, this may be the place for you, but only if you enjoy swimming in the shadow of a large power plant. edit
- Mount Marquette, (Located on Mt Marquette Road). Mount Marquette is the highest point in the city of Marquette, and a drive and easy walk to the top rewards visitors with a panoramic view of the city, Lake Superior, and the surrounding area. Not to be confused with Marquette Mountain, the popular ski hill located nearby. edit
- Marquette Maritime Museum, 300 N Lakeshore Boulevard, ☎ (906) 226 2006, . Open daily May-October. The Marquette Maritime Museum features exhibits about Great Lakes shipping and boating, including famous shipwrecks and lighthouses. Guests can also tour the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, which is located on the premises. The Lighthouse has been in use since 1863 and the tour is an additional $4. $5. edit
- Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W Spring Street, ☎ (906) 226 3571, . The Marquette Regional History Center features information about the history of Marquette and surrounding areas, dating from prehistoric times to modernity. Rotating special exhibits highlight specific areas of the permanent collection, all of which is never on display at once. The center also features a research library and gift shop. $7. edit
- Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, 123 W Baraga Street, ☎ (906) 226 3911, . Popular among locals and visiting families with children, the Children's Museum is an educational way for families to spend an afternoon, particularly if the weather is less than ideal. The museum has a hands-on focus and it feels like more of a large, informative play area than a museum. Includes live reptiles and amphibians, arts & crafts, instruments, aviation exhibits, a gigantic jungle gym made of organs and body parts, and much more. There is a toy store/gift shop downstairs. $6. edit
- Michigan Iron Industry Museum, 73 Forge Road (located about 10 miles West of downtown Marquette, near the city of Negaunee.), ☎ (906) 475 7857, . This museum celebrates Marquette County's iron mining heritage, some of which is still taking place today. It's located just outside of town, but admission is free and it is a checkpoint on the popular Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The museum is also the point of departure for tours of Michigan's two operational iron mines, which are offered 5 days a week from June to August. Free (donations accepted). edit
- DeVos Art Museum, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue (The museum is located on Northern Michigan University's campus, at the intersection of Tracy and 7th Streets), ☎ (906) 227-2235, . A small art museum on Northern Michigan University's campus. The museum features rotating exhibits and often features local artwork. Free. edit
- Sugar Loaf Mountain, 6 miles north of Marquette on County Road 550. Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Marquette. It is located only a few minutes north of Downtown Marquette, and features 3,200 foot trail leading to the top of the mountain, 470 feet above Lake Superior. The summitt offers stunning views of the lake, as well as the city of Marquette, Presque Isle Park, and the surrounding forests. There are two trails, one easy and one more difficult, but the hike should be manageable for most, including children. Free edit
- Lakenenland Sculpture Park, 2800 M-28, 15 miles east of Downtown Marquette, ☎ +1 906 249-1132, . Lakenenland is a free interactive sculpture park, created and maintained by artist Tom Lakenen. The art is made of scrap metal and found objects, but is very elaborate and colorful. It is a popular destination and very kid friendly. edit
- Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Trailhead 9 in Marquette City is located at 112 S Third Street, ☎ +1 906 235-2923, . The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 48 mile, mixed use trail network in Marquette County. The trail connects major communities while offering a historical tour of the mining heritage in the Marquette area. It is also a beautiful trail network, great for biking, running, or walking. Trailhead 9 is located in the city of Marquette, and to the east the trail runs along the Lake Superior shore. To the west, the trail leads to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum before passing through the nearby cities of Negaunee and Ishpeming. edit
- Northern Michigan University Sports, ☎ +1 906 227-1032 (ticket office), . The Northern Michigan University Wildcats are a Division I men's college hockey team, and their games are popular and lively events. The Wildcat hockey team plays at the Berry Events Center on NMU's campus. Northern Michigan University also boasts a Division II men's footbal team, which plays at the NMU Superior Dome (the world's largest wooden dome). Other sports include soccer, basketball, skiing, golf, and swimming. edit
- Ojibwa Casino, 105 Acre Trail, ☎ +1 906 249-4200, . 24/7. The Ojibwa Casino is owned by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and offers 24/7 gaming opportunites approximately 10 miles east of Marquette, just off M-28. edit
Sports and Recreation
Marquette has some of the best freeride mountain biking in the country. The trail network is extensive and, although there is something for everyone, it can be quite challenging, so be sure that you know the skill level of the trails before you embark. Marquette is also an internationally recognized destination for winter biking, or "fat biking." Fat bikes are mountain bikes with extremely large wheels, which allows them to be ridden on snow and ice. In addition to fat biking, snowboarding, downhill, and crosscountry skiing are all popular winter activities in Marquette.
- The Noquemanon Trail Network, . The Noquemanon Trail network features 50 kilometers of cross country ski trails, as well as an extensive mountain bike trail. The single track mountain bike trail is recognized as one of the best in Michigan, and is one of only two in the state to receive the designation EPIC Trail Status from the International Mountain Biking Association. The trails are well groomed in the winter and are a popular for fatbiking. Each January, the system hosts the Noquemanon Ski Marathon , a series of 50K, 24K, and 15 mile marathons. edit
- Marquette Mountain, 4503 M-553, ☎ +1 906 225-1155, . Marquette Mountain is a downhill ski run open seven days a week during the winter season. There are four ski lifts and 13 runs of varying difficulty. Equipment rental and training is available. The mountain also has a restaurant and bar on site. Single day and season passes can be purchased online or in person. edit
- Ore to Shore, . Every August, Marquette hosts the Ore to Shore, Michigan's largest mass start, point to point mountain bike race. There are six races, the longest of which starts in Negaunee and runs 48 miles. There are also 28 mile, 10 mile, 4 mile, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile races, providing options for participants of all ages and skill levels. Registration is required in advance. edit
The following listings can provide rentals and information about the various biking options in the Marquette area.
- The Flying Moose, 351 W Washington Street, ☎ +1 906 273-2246, . The Flying Moose offers fat bike rentals, along with other gear, and also sells a variety of locally made and organic products. edit
- Down Wind Sports, 514 N Third Street, ☎ +1 906 226-7112, . Down Wind Sports offers a wide range of gear and equipment sales and rentals, as well as guides and advice about bike trails and courses edit
- Lakeshore Bike Rental, 505 Lakeshore Boulevard, ☎ +1 906 228-7547, . Offers a variety of mountain bike rental options edit
Marquette is also a popular golf destination, with several courses known for their quality and scenic beauty. Some courses offer great views of Lake Superior and the surrounding areas.
- Marquette Golf Club, 1075 Grove Street, ☎ +1 906 225-0721, . The Marquette Golf Club offers two 18 hole courses -- The Heritage Course, and The Greywallis Course. Golfweek has named the Greywallis course the second best course in Michigan. Located within the City of Marquette, the Marquette Golf Club grounds are nevertheless secluded and offer pleasant views of Lake Superior. The course is particularly beautiful in the fall, when the foliage lights up with color. edit
- NMU Golf Course, 125 Chocolay Downs Drive, ☎ +1 906 227-3111, . Northern Michigan University's golf course is open to the public. The 18 hole course is located just off the shore of Lake Superior, and sports great views of the lake and surrounding forest. edit
- Gentz's Homestead Golf Course, 353 Gentz Road, ☎ +1 906 249-1002. Located roughly 8 miles south of Downtown Marquette, Gentz's Homestead Course is a cheaper and more casual course. Offering 9 holes, it is considered a fine course for beginners and seasoned golfers alike. edit
Marquette offers a number of all inclusive fishing charters on Lake Superior. The waters near the shore have an abundance of local trout and salmon species, while several companies offer charters to Stannard Rock, a small lighthouse located 24 miles (39 km) from shore, making it the most remote lighthouse in the United States. This area of Lake Superior is prized as some of the best Lake Superior Lake Trout fishing in the region. Anglers can also fish off the breakwall, located just east of the Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park and within walking distance of downtown.
- Superior Adventures, 518 S Front Street, ☎ +1 906 225-7653, . Superior Adventures Charters specialize in Stannard Rock and offer customizable trips with special arrangements available. edit
- Daybreak Charters, ☎ +1 906 250-1052, . Daybreak offers fishing expeditions on both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. In addition to Stannard Rock, they also take fishers on expeditions closer to the shoreline to catch a variety of local species. edit
- MJ Charters, ☎ +1 (800) 676-9821, . MJ Charters specializes exclusively in Lake Trout fishing at Stannard Rock edit
- UP Fly Fishing, 434 E Prospect Street, ☎ +1 906 228-5447, . Run by Uncle Ducky Outfitters, UP Fly Fishing specializes in fly fishing on the Marquette area's many streams and rivers. It offers a very different kind of experience from the open water charters operated in the area. edit
Music and Theater
- Marquette Symphony Orchestra, 611 N Front Street, ☎ +1 906 236-1092, . Founded in 1996, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra offers orchestral concerts five times per year. Performances are held at Kaufman Auditorium near downtown Marquette, and tickets can be purchased online or on the day of the performance. edit
- Lake Superior Theater, 270 Lakeshore Boulevard, . Lake Superior Theater is a small, intimate theater located on the shore or Lake Superior, directly east of Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The theater company puts on five to six performances annually, ranging from Shakespearian classics to modern musicals. Tickets can be purchased online. edit
- Forest Roberts Theater, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, ☎ +1 906 227-2082 (box office), . Located on Northern Michigan University's campus, the Forest Roberts Theater serves as a venue for both student and community performances. The theater accomodates over 500 people and hosts several shows per year, including some written by local playwrights. The theater hosts a yearly "Fringe Festival" in January in which a selection of student-produced plays and shows are performed. edit
- Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival, . The Shakespeare festival is an organization of local actors who put on performances of classical plays (usually Shakespeare, but not always). There are normally between four and five performances per year (despite the name, this is not actually a festival -- the shows are put on periodically throughout the year). Most performances are held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company, but during the summer they have often been held outdoors at Presque Isle Park. Tickets can be purchased online. edit
- UP 200 and Midnight Run, W Washington Street between Fourth Street and Lakeshore Drive, . Held annually in mid-February, the UP 200 is a 230 mile dogsled race that begins in Downtown Marquette. The teams mush along Lake Superior to Grand Marais, and back again. The race is accompanied by a festival and the downtown is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing spectators to gather. A smaller race, called the Midnight Run, also takes place on the same day. This race is a 90 mile, single day run from Marquette to Chatham and back. edit
- International Food Fest, Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, . This festival takes place annually on the weekend of the 4th of July at Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park on the shore of Lake Superior. Local and non-local vendors sell a variety of international food and drink. There is live entertainment every night and a variety of kid friendly activities available. edit
- Art on the Rocks, Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, . Art on the Rocks is an art festival that takes placen in late July at the Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Over 140 local and national artists sell an eclectic mix of handmade items and gifts edit
- OutBack Art Fair, Shiras Park, ☎ +1 906 869-1395, . The OutBack Art Fair takes place at the same time as Art on the Rocks (late July), but offers more affordable and local art, as well as food and souvenirs. The two art festivals are within easy walking distance of one another. edit
- Hiawatha Music Festival, Tourist Park, 2145 Sugar Loaf Avenue, ☎ +1 906 226-8575, . Hiawatha Music Fest is one of the Midwest's largest folk and Americana music festivals. It takes place over three days in mid- to late-July, at the Tourist Park campground in Marquette. Blues, bluegrass, Celtic, and folk musicians perform, and there are also food and crafts for sale around the park. Camping is permitted for a fee with a reservation. edit
- U.P. Fall Beer Festival, Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, . An annual beer festival sponsored by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Over 600 types of beer from 80 Michigan craft breweries are available. One ticket allows 15 beer samples, and additional tokens can be purchased. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The festival also features food and live music. 21+ edit
- Blueberry Festival, W Washington and Front Streets, . A street festival celebrating blueberries, which are naturally abundant in the Marquette area during the summer. The festival is in late July and features street vendors, live music, food (much of it blueberry flavored), and activities for families and children. edit
- Marquette Area Blues Fest, Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, . An annual music festival that takes place over Labor Day Weekend at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Several blues musicians travel from around the country to perform. Food and drinks are also available. edit
- Marquette Harbor Fest, Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, . An annual festival at the Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park, sponsored by the Marquette West Rotary Club. It takes place in late August and celebrates the beauty of Marquette's Lower Harbor. Food and drink is available, as well as live music. Several antique ships sail to Marquette for the occassion, and tours are offered. edit
- UP Pride Festival, Tourist Park, 2145 Sugar Loaf Avenue, . Marquette's celebration of the LGBT community. This event takes place in mid-September, near the campus of Northern Michigan University. It features music, performances, food, speakers, and vendors. edit
The city has an old-fashioned pedestrian-friendly shopping district in the downtown area. There are dozens of shops downtown, all of which specialize in a wide variety of products. Listed here are the most popular or unique shops in town. Marquette also has a commercial strip on the West side of the city. Here you will find the Westwood Mall, as well as several chain retailers. Because Marquette is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, this retail area draws in a large number of people from across the region, but it may not be of much interest to the out of area tourist.
- Getz's, 218 S Front Street, ☎ 1-800-745-7438, . Located in the heart of downtown, Getz's Department Store has been operated at the same location since 1900. Occupying a three story historical brick-sandstone building, Getz's is a bright spot at a time when the "downtown department store" has disappeared in most American cities. They are a regional dealer of Carhartt, North Face, and other name brand products, and they specialize in activewear. They also sell Stormy Kromers, which are popular Upper Peninsula-made winter hats. edit
- Lake Superior Photo, 211 S Front Street, ☎ (906) 228 3686, . Lake Superior Photo is a shop and gallery displaying local photography, most of which is outdoor and nature related. Although they are based in Marquette, their photographs cover much of the Upper Peninsula. They also offer photography training workshops. edit
- Michigan Fair, 114 W Washington Street, ☎ (906) 226 3894, . Michigan Fair is a downtown shop that sells only items made in or pertaining to the state of Michigan. It has a varied selection of items and is a great place to go to find local or regionally made souvenirs and gifts. edit
- Snowbound Books, 118 N Third Street, ☎ (906) 228 4448, . Snowbound is a popular local book store. They specialize in both new and used books, and they are a great place to find books by local authors or books of regional interest. edit
- Risak Pottery, 2909 Island Beach Road, ☎ (906) 226 6003, . Art gallery and pottery studio located on the North side of Marquette, right near the entrance to Presque Isle Park. The Risaks are an internationally known family of pottery makers whose artwork is displayed in the White House, the Smithsonian, and around the world. Their art can be purchased from their gallery or ordered online. edit
- Touch of Finland, 2853 US-41 West, ☎ (906) 226 2567, . In recognition of Marquette's Finnish and Scandinavian heritage, Touch of Finland sells a variety of Finnish imports, as well as Finnish-American themed cultural artifacts, books, and novelty items. They also carry general Marquette and Upper Peninsula souvenirs, including hats and t-shirts. edit
Marquette has far more restaurants per capita than most cities in Michigan, which makes it easy to find something to suit your taste. Most of the restaurants are located downtown or along the Third Street Corridor, and are within walking distance of both Lake Superior and Northern Michigan University. There is also a commercial strip of chain restaurants (Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc.) on the West side of the city, near the mall.
- Border Grill, 800 N Third Street, . An affordable local Tex-Mex chain with three locations in the area. $5-10. edit
- Jean Kays Pasties, 1635 Presque Isle Avenue, . Takeout restaurant serving traditional pasties and sub sandwiches. $5-10. edit
- The Rice Paddy, 1720 Presque Isle Avenue, ☎ (906) 225 0368, . Closed on Saturdays. Very popular takeout Thai restaurant. It's recommended that you call at least 45 minutes ahead to place your order. Cash only. $5-10. edit
- Toarmina's Pizza, 1907 Presque Isle Avenue, ☎ (906) 226 6400, . Home of the 24" pizza. $10-30. edit
- Togo's Submarine Sandwiches, 1000 N Third Street, . Local sub shop with two locations in the area. $2-10. edit
- Aubree's Pizza, 227 W Washington Street, . Gourmet pizzeria and grill downtown. $10-30. edit
- Donckers, 137 W Washington Street, . A gourmet chocolate and candy maker with a novelty shop downstairs and a popular sandwich shop upstairs. $5-20. edit
- Portside Inn, 239 W Washington Street, . Casual pub style dining with a wide selection of pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers. $10-20. edit
- Stucko's Pub and Grill, 900 N Third Street, . Pub famous for their barbecue and burgers. $10-20. edit
- Sweet Water Cafe, 517 N Third Street, . Cafe focusing on fresh and organic ingredients, as well as locally made art. $10-20. edit
- The Thai House, 1031 N Third Street, . Dine-in Thai restaurant with a very large selection of dishes and East Asian beers and teas. $10-20. edit
- Vango's Pizza and Cocktail Lounge, 927 N Third Street, . A Greek restaurant and pub with popular pizzas and waffle fries. Live music on Thursday nights. $10-15. edit
- The Casa Calabria, 1106 N Third Street, . Popular upscale Italian restaurant $15-25. edit
- The Delft Bistro, 139 W Washington Street, . An old-fashioned movie theater that has been repurposed into an upscale restaurant. Movies shown on the big screen every night. $20-50. edit
- Elizabeth's Chop House, 113 S Front Street, . Chic fine dining restaurant downtown. Marquette's most upscale restaurant. $30-60. edit
- Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery, 145 W Washington Street, . A Cajun style bistro with a bar, "gris gris" gift shop, and weekly live music. $15-20. edit
- The Marq, 113 W Baraga Avenue, . A modern, locally sourced gastropub located downtown. $20-50. edit
- The Piedmont, 230 N Front Street, . Fine dining restaurant specializing in Northern Italian fare, located in the historic Landmark Inn hotel downtown. $20-30. edit
- Sol Azteca, 105 E Washington Street. Sit-down Mexican restaurant located directly above L'Attitute Cafe. Also features great views of Lake Superior. $15-25. edit
- Steinhaus, 102 W Washington Street, . German inspired restaurant that uses locally grown food. Menu frequently changes, and they have a large selection of international beers and wines. $20-30. edit
- The Vierling, 119 S Front Street, . Downtown restaurant and microbrewery famous for their fresh Lake Superior whitefish and French onion soup. $20-30. edit
Marquette has dozens of drinking establishments, the most popular of which are listed. Marquette also has a popular and growing microbrewery scene.
- Zephyr Wine Bar, 215 S Front Street, . A classy bar with an intimate atmosphere, specializing in wine but also serving beers, charcuterie, cheese, and desserts. edit
- Northland Pub and North Star Lounge, 230 N Front Street, . Two drinking establishments located in the historic Landmark Inn hotel downtown. The Northland Pub is adjacent to Capers Restaurant and features live music three nights a week, while the North Star Lounge is located on the top floor of the building with specialty cocktails and great views of Lake Superior. Both are more upscale establishments. edit
- The Verabar, 145 W Washington Street, . Marquette's only true nightclub, the Verabar has a large dance floor and is popular among students and young people. edit
- The Recovery Room, 142 W Washington Street. A dance club downtown which is popular with students edit
- 906 Sports Bar, 145 W Washington Street, . A recently opened sports bar located downtown and with impressive views of Lake Superior. Also serves food. edit
- The Doghouse Pub, 154 W Washington Street, . Downtown drinking establishment that is popular with NMU students. Well known for their buffalo wings. edit
- Black Rocks Brewery, 424 N Third Street, . Popular microbrewery downtown with a very relaxed atmosphere. Features live music five nights a week, and is located in a large, repurposed house. Black Rocks beer can be found throughout most of Michigan. edit
- Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 Spring Street, . Another downtown microbrewery with frequent live shows and a wide selection of popular beers. edit
- The Vierling, 119 S Front Street, . Operational since 1995, The Vierling was one of Michigan's first brewpubs. The beer is brewed in the basement, while the main floor also serves as a popular restaurant. edit
- Tourist Park, 2145 Sugarloaf Avenue, ☎ (906) 228-0465, . Tourist Park has 100 campsites and offers modern facilities and electrical hookups. It is connected to the Noquemanon Trail Network and is located near Sugar Loaf and Hogsback Mountains. It is also only a short distance away from Downtown Marquette, Northern Michigan University, and Presque Isle Park. $18-35. edit
Bed and Breakfast
- Nestledown Bed and Breakfast, 975 N Lakeshore Boulevard, ☎ (906) 273-0996, . Located on the Lake Superior shore, this Scandinavian inspired bed and breakfast has 7 guest rooms available. It's open year round and features a traditional Finnish sauna for guest use. Breakfasts feature Scandinavian-inspired dishes. Conveniently located near Downtown, Presque Isle Park, McCarty's Cove Beach, and the Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. edit
- Blueberry Ridge Bed and Breakfast, 193 Oakridge Drive, ☎ (906) 249-9246. A secluded, spacious home located just south of Marquette, near the Blueberry Ridge hiking trail. Features 4 guest rooms as well as the normal amenities of a bed and breakfast. edit
- Brentwood Motor Inn Budget Host, 2603 U.S. 41 W, ☎ (906) 228-7494. 41 guestrooms. Special rates for ages 48 and older. Two units with complete kitchenettes. WiFi. edit
- Cedar Motor Inn, 2523 U.S. 41 W, ☎ (906) 228-2280, . 43 rooms, indoor pool, hot tub and steam sauna. Poolside rooms available. Continental breakfast. edit
- Imperial Motel, 2493 US-41, ☎ (906) 228-7430. 43 room property featuring indoor pool, sauna, cable TV with free HBO, and WiFi. edit
- Settle Inn, 1275 U.S. 41 W, ☎ (906) 228-8100, . 80 rooms, meeting room, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna. Free WiFi and convenient location near Downtown and the Marquette Mountain ski hill. edit
- Comfort Suites, 2463 U.S. 41 West, ☎ (906) 228-0028, . Business Center & Fitness Centers, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, gift shop, guest laundry, and room service. Offers free deluxe continental breakfast with hot features daily. Meetings rooms, bike storage and a ski waxing room. edit
- Country Inn & Suites, 2472 US Hwy 41 W., ☎ (906) 225-1300, . checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 12 PM. Featuring 84 rooms including: guest rooms with with 1 King or 2 Queen beds, Whirlpool Suites, Studio Suites with 1 King bed, Family Suites with either 1 King or 2 Queen beds in a separate bedroom, and an Extended Stay Suite. Deluxe complimentary continental breakfast includes both hot & cold items. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness room. edit
- Days Inn, 2403 U.S. 41 West, ☎ (906) 225-1393, . Continental breakfast, indoor pool, sauna and two whirlpools. Sundeck, children's play area, meeting rooms, guest laundry, bike storage and a ski wax room. Pet friendly edit
- Holiday Inn, 1951 U.S. 41 West, ☎ (906) 225-1351, . Amenities include indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center. My Place Restaurant is located in the hotel, and the bar sometimes features live music. Pet friendly. edit
- Ramada Inn, 412 W Washington Street, ☎ (906) 228-6000, . Centrally located in Downtown Marquette. Features Lake Superior views and poolside rooms. Pool, whirlpool, sauna, full-service restaurant and lounge. edit
- Hampton Inn Marquette Waterfront, 461 S Lakeshore Boulevard, ☎ (906) 228-6001, . A modern hotel located on the Lake Superior shore. The Hampton Inn offers great views of Lake Superior, the Lower Harbor Ore Dock, and is just two blocks from Downtown Marquette. Features a variety of amenities, including an indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool. edit
- Landmark Inn, 230 N Front Street, ☎ (906) 228-2580, . Located right downtown, the 60 room Landmark Inn offers beautiful views Lake Superior on one side, and Marquette city on the other. The historic sandstone building is one of Downtown's oldest structures, and the hotel has hosted a number of historic figures throughout the years. Located on the ground floor is The Piedmont, an upscale Italian restaurant, and there are two cocktail lounges -- one on the ground floor and one on the top floor. $150+. edit
Marquette is an extremely safe city. The crime rate is roughly half the national average, and visitors should feel comfortable walking around town at any time of day. The usual common sense never hurt of course, particularly when it comes to making sure that one's bikes or other gear is safely stored and locked away, as thefts do occassionally happen. Additionally, be sure to excercise caution when hiking, biking, or engaging in other outdoor activities. Some areas are quite remote, and tourists have sometimes gotten lost or injured without cell service. Make sure that you have an idea of where you are going, and that someone else also knows where you will be.
Perhaps most importantly, excercise extreme caution when swimming in Lake Superior. Certain areas of the lakeshore, especially Picnic Rocks near McCarty's Cove Beach and Little Presque Isle Beach (north of Marquette), are known for strong and often deadly rip currents. People drown in these waters nearly every year, so be sure to follow posted signage and do not swim in unsafe waters.
There are several destinations within a short drive of Marquette that may be of interest to visitors.
- Negaunee is located less than 15 minutes west of Marquette, and is home to several stops on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a picturesque lake, antique shops, and the historic Old Town Neigborhood.
- Ishpeming is just a few minutes west of Negaunee (15 miles from Marquette) and is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. It's the home of the National Ski Hall of Fame. There is also an underground mining museum and a number of antique shops.
- Big Bay is a small, isolated town on the shore of Lake Superior. It offers a lighthouse, campground, and the Thunder Bay Inn, a restaurant and hotel where the 1959 movie Anatomy of a Murder was filmed.
- Chatham is a rural area 30 minutes south of Marquette. In the spring and summer, visitors can see the Laughing Whitefish Falls, a large and unusual waterfall. In the winter, the area is famous for the naturally occuring Eben Ice Caves, which can be reached and explored by a short hike.
- Munising is 50 miles east of Marquette. This small town has a number of recreational opportunities, including kayaking and hiking. It's known for its abundance of waterfalls. A glass-bottomed shipwreck boat tour is also offered.
- Just outside of Munising is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, an impressive stretch of coastline featuring cliffs and rock formations of spectacular colors, as well as dunes and wateralls. The National Lakeshore can be explored by land or by boat.
- Further away are destinations like Houghton-Hancock, Escanaba, The Porcupine Mountains, Sault Ste. Marie, and Mackinac Island.