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Soo Locks Boat Tours

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2447
+1 800-432-6301
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Excellent tour!

I’ll admit that, prior to coming here, the locks didn’t seem that interesting to me. However, this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
AmberAmber27
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Iowa
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Excellent Tour!

On the tour, you get an up close look at exactly how the Soo Locks work, by passing through them... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Eric12015
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Cleveland, Ohio
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We are a top 5 Michigan Attraction that has been offering exciting tours through the famous Soo Locks since 1934. Over the years we have grown to a fleet of five tour vessels and two dock facilities in Sault Ste. Marie, Mi. Located only 50 miles north of Mackinac Bridge, we are a must-see destination in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. We offer a wide variety of maritime sightseeing adventures, including our popular Soo Locks sightseeing tours, enjoyable Luncheon and Dinner Cruises, and adventurous Lighthouse Cruises.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2447
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+1 800-432-6301
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I’ll admit that, prior to coming here, the locks didn’t seem that interesting to me. However, this tour really changed my mind! I think the information shared during the tour and actually going through the locks made things come alive for me. It’s about a...More

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We appreciate your kind comments on our boat tour and are delighted that you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with TripAdvisor.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

On the tour, you get an up close look at exactly how the Soo Locks work, by passing through them! You will also get a real appreciation of just how HUGE those Lake Freighters really are. The trip lasted about 2.5 hours, and the guide/narrator...More

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We appreciate you comments and recommendations for taking our boat tour. Thank you for your 5 Star Rating.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I previously went on this tour with my elderly parents probably 10 years ago and really enjoyed the tour. This year I went with my boyfriend and his kids (teenagers). The tour has changed & not as interesting as it used to be. It is...More

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry you did not enjoy the boat tour as much as 10 years ago. Our boat tour has changed very little over the years, as it is still run buy the same company. There are times that there is less freighter traffic, which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Uggh! 2 hours of screaming kids desperately needing a nap. Crowded topside so our seats weren’t great. Narrator was knowledgeable when we could hear but between the kids and the poor audio quality, forget it. Not sure I’d do this again. Note- go to the...More

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Private123B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

First of all we are sorry that kids were screaming on the tour. We can only make courtesy announcements to our passengers and we hope that parents will correct their children. Both Dock 1 and Dock 2 have first loading options for our passengers. These...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The raising and lower of the tour boat on the locks was worth the price of admission. The Canadian steel mill portion was boring for my teenager but the rest was great. Turn your cellular data off when you get close to Canada as your...More

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Private123B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sailing with us !

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.the tour is long, but the kids (4-12yrs old) were quite happy and fascinated with the experience as was i. I recommend this if you want to do something unique & educational.

Thank Julia R
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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Your children are at great ages to enjoy the tour. We are so glad everyone had a good time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very educational and fun for all. We took my grandson and he loved it. Lots of information and many departure times to choose from.

Thank lsutkwoi
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Private123B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and for sailing with us !!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This boat tour was very interesting. It was fun to watch the locks fill up. My son compared it to a water elevator. It was neat that we went through the American side of the locks and the Canadian side of the locks. Try to...More

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments. Your son made a very good comparison. We appreciate your 5 Star Review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took this tour July 13th and enjoyed it tremendously. Went up-bound through the MacArthur Lock and down-bound through a Canadian Lock. The staff's narrative was very knowledgeable and interesting. It took about 2 hours and you do not need a passport. We feel this...More

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Private123B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5 star review. We appreciate it very much and so glad you sailed with us !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice people taking care of the trip and lots of fun information on the lock history. A must visit.

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Private123B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5 star review. We appreciate it and thank you for sailing with us !

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IrishFan8383
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All the answers are good ones. There really is not a bad seat on the boat. You can move around to see different scenery along the way. Some people enjoy being right up front on the top level, while others enjoy being on... More
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Bluecarolinamom
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Thank you for your inquiry. The kennels are located outside of our main building. It is covered with a roof to shade your pet. Each kennel comes with its own lock and key, so your pet is safely inside its kennel until you... More
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