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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square miles of Lake Huron, protecting one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Lake Huron's unpredictable weather and rocky shoals helped Thunder Bay earn the unfortunate name of "Shipwreck Alley." During the Great Lakes' 200-year shipping history, scores of vessels ended their careers on the lake floor off Alpena, Michigan. Some of the wreck sites remain largely intact while other sites are only remnants. However, many wrecks remain undiscovered...These vessels, preserved in time within the fresh, cold waters of Lake Huron, still have stories to tell of Great Lakes maritime history and commerce, from the earliest explorations to westward expansion in the 1800s and modern day trade. Through exploration, education, and research, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve bring to the American public the lore of Great Lakes maritime heritage.
Great place to take the kids on a rainy day! The kids are encouraged to explore, climb and investigate. There are some great exhibits, and we will be coming back to explore it a few more times in... Read more
This place is free (unless you take the shipwreck tour which is $30) - with a ton of stuff for people of all ages; lots of information on shipwrecks, reading material, stuff salvages from the... Read more
Wonderful National treasure. The movies were excellent and the boat ride great. Only recommendation I would have is that it would be great to have more exhibits in the museum. Maybe you could have... Read more
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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