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Soo Locks

Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
+1 800-647-2858
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Interesting

I stopped in for a little visit while in town, and found the Locks informational and interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bowmanator22
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Historical in a fun way

Lots of history placards, grassy area's for the kiddo's to romp & check out the fountain at night... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tina J
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“visitor center” (113 reviews)
“great lakes” (87 reviews)
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Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I stopped in for a little visit while in town, and found the Locks informational and interesting. See how the whole process works, and the frequency with which they have to send ships from one lake to the next is fascinating.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history placards, grassy area's for the kiddo's to romp & check out the fountain at night. Cross your fingers a big freighter is coming thru! Facinating

Thank Tina J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic and very very interesting. WE were able to follow on huge ship through the locks and marveled at the engineering and how someone thought up the idea of this type of system. Guess that is why I am not an engineer. Go see this...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

There's a big spectators' stand (covered against rain, not wind) just about 20 meters away from the locks. You can walk to it from downtown Sault (US side). If you come from Sault (Canada side) you will need to take the cross-border bus and then...More

Thank Kat T
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

Fun to do. Dress warm. Quite breezy on deck. Lot of walking. Fun day. Check out the museum, too. One hundred words is a lot of words!

3  Thank deepnhock
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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

If you love ships and want a true appreciation for those on your the Great Lakes, one has to visit this amazing Michigan gem. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers do a fantastic job at operating and maintaining the Locks. It is a quiet area...More

2  Thank Scott M
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

If you have not gone to see the freighters come in thru the locks, you must go at least once to see these massive boats. It's unbelievable the size of these vessels up close. Plus the city has lots of things to do and good...More

1  Thank Tammy B
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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited on 01/11/18 which is only a few days before closing. The Tower of History was closed so we tried to view from the park. The glass viewing center was closed so we could only stand out in the -14° wind chill temp and view...More

1  Thank YIISD
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Reviewed December 31, 2017

We try to do at least one boat tour each summer, and this was our choice for 2017. It was wonderful! Unfortunately, we chose a cool, rainy day, but the 2 hour tour was still very enjoyable and our son was thrilled to be raised...More

1  Thank ESmith583
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

An excellent way to spend a few hours, especially during the summer. The park offers an excellent viewing platform and has a very interesting interpretive centre as well... and if its a nice day the shaded park and walkways are a bonus.

1  Thank Michael J
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SandyKBAlpenaMI
4 October 2017|
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Response from Kathleen Q | Reviewed this property |
The park is fenced off and controlled by Homeland Security. And in all honesty, its not a super dog friendly place due to the inside museum and lots of stairs for the viewing platform.
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rayemerick
15 July 2017|
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Response from Heidi V | Reviewed this property |
Call the visitors center and the automated message tells you approximately when the next ship comes in. 906 253-9290
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Lorrieannj
21 April 2017|
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Response from charliethepirate | Reviewed this property |
Most of the boat tours launch and return on “their side” of the border so you should not need a passport. Since some of the tours differ in their offerings the best thing to do is to check with a tour beforehand to make sure... More
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