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This is an interesting engineering wonder to visit with young kids. To make the Tour sensible and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Worth of the stop

Pretty neat place to visit. We really enjoyed watching the locks as the ships came and left... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an interesting engineering wonder to visit with young kids. To make the Tour sensible and complete, take soo locks boat ride. This tour will explain how Soo locks work and shows surroundings of Algoma steel plant and Canadian side Sault ste Marie.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty neat place to visit. We really enjoyed watching the locks as the ships came and left. Learning about the history of the Soo Locks and how it all works definitely added to the experience.

Thank Linzerella99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You learn a lot about shipping and how the locks work, and there is an elevated viewing area with a great view

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have been to the Soo Locks several times. He loves following Marine Traffic and watching the ships pass thru the locks. The days we visited were cold, overcast and rainy, but we still managed to spend a few hours on the...More

Thank kltripping
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting to see how the ships pass through. Nice viewing area but it pays to get there early, especially if you want to take pictures. Some of the viewing is behind glass/plastic panels and some is open which is better for pictures. If visiting it...More

Thank Unsworth7
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was amazing site to see. Watch a boat go from the Lake Michigan into Lake Huron and a Hugh freighter go from Lake Huron into Lake Michigan! If you haven’t seen it Go!

Thank mashby52
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a wonderful cruise on the St. Lawrence and through two sets of locks on a partly cloudy in August. The history of the locks was very interesting, and the boat staff was very friendly. The boat has a canopy on it (to protect...More

Thank Nicolle Z
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

great viewing area and free! Had plenty ships come thru to see the wonder of this system. Close up view and a great history center for more info.

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We stopped at SSM specifically to see the locks. Unfortunately there were storms and high winds and the locks were not allowing barges through or people out on the locks. While this was disappointing, the bigger disappointment was that they didn't even open the visitors...More

Thank MRiseling
Reviewed 7 October 2018

it is interesting to see the ships, but does take awhile for them to transgress thru the locks so younger children could get bored.

Thank Bob R
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Response from hledgerwood | Reviewed this property |
No dog. No knowledge.
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Response from Susan C | Reviewed this property |
Spring, summer or fall. I believe they're closed in the winter due to ice and the need for maintenance.
29 July 2018|
Response from 144ernieb | Reviewed this property |
Marine traffic com is what you’re thinking of. If you know the name of a ship, you can find it by its GPS coordinates. You can also look at Soo Locks and see what ships are approaching from Lake Superior or from the... More