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Soo Locks

Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
+1 800-647-2858
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Very neat to watch the boats enter and leave the locks.

It's a very slow process but amazing to watch. We went when we took Daughter back to college at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
2TravelinSisters
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Niles, Michigan
After dinner attraction

We watched a large ship go through while dining, and then walked over to the visitor center... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rebecca L
,
Greensboro
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“lake huron” (40 reviews)
LOCATION
Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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"viewing area"
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"boat tour"
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"big ships"
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"water level"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a very slow process but amazing to watch. We went when we took Daughter back to college at LSSU. There are multiple levels to view from and places to sit under the viewing deck so you can go rain or shine.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We watched a large ship go through while dining, and then walked over to the visitor center afterwards. Once we got up to the top level, we waited awhile and then a smaller boat came through. With the smaller boat, you could really see what...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Soo Locks recently and found the experience very interesting. We arrived at the three level viewing area after parking out front, paying a nominal meter fee for three hours (highly suggest at least three). Admission is free but you...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stopped by to check out the locks operation. Nice visitor center and viewing platform. Plenty of information and nice people ⛴

Thank Curtis P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Only an hour from where we stayed in Mackinaw City. We arrived just as a boat was pulling into the locks to go to Lake Superior. Interesting process that has been going on for decades. Worth a look and the museum portion was very informative.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family of four with two teenagers enjoyed our morning here. We spent almost 2 hours at the park and were able to see at three ships coming or going from the locks. There is a visitor center with interesting informational displays and a theater....More

Thank 235vacationmom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fun day watching the ships come and go! The staff would commit and answer questions and tell you about each ship going through.

Thank Kirsten C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is very tourist friendly. We had some time to kill and visited the Tower of History and went on a boat tour. Fabulous and a wonderful history lesson!

Thank stepperella
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Imagine a relatively small lock found on a typical English canal, times it by 200% add a 21 foot difference between the water heights and times it by 5 locks and you’ve got a very impressive working set in locks. Worth a visit, sadly the...More

Thank Tim C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the gateway from Lake Superior into the river transit to Lake Huron and the St Lawrence Seaway. Amazing site!!! A 1000 ft long bulk carrier slid into the lock with very little room to spare. The water lifted the ship some 15-18 feet...More

Thank Ernie B
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Paige W
3 July 2018|
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Response from kfedney | Reviewed this property |
It usually is scheduled to last 2 - 2&1/2 hrs. But it is WELL WORTH the time!! Really neat to see!
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Paige W
3 July 2018|
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Response from wel79zim | Reviewed this property |
about two hrs depend how busy the waterway is
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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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