It might be a basic introductory "course" on living in Marquette, MI, or a list of things you should do before you graduate -- this is your Marquette 101.
Whether you're new to NMU or have been here a while, there are places to go, things to do and people to meet that you should not miss while you're here.
We think we've come up with a pretty exhaustive list, but we need your help. This is a work in progress and we'll keep adding local attractions.
E-mail your suggestions to email@example.com or visit the Google Map and add *your* favorite spots.
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• Marquette Greenway Trails - This 50-mile trail will eventually link communities, major parks and a wide variety of cultural, natural and economic assets.
Map of Marquette Greenway Trails
Biking, Hiking, & Cross-Country Skiing
• South Trails - This trail network is well known for having some of the best riding in the Midwest. There are 3 full loops that range in length from 5 to 7 miles over the rugged terrain. Map of South Trails
Motor Sports Trails
• Presque Isle Park - The popular regional facility is located on Presque Isle, a 323 acre forested oval shaped headland/peninsula which juts into Lake Superior in the northern tip of the city. Presque Isle is known throughout the United States for its natural beauty.
Map of Presque Isle Park
Photos of Presque Isle Park
• Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park - A lovely bit of waterfront, the park includes a very large Kid's Cove playground, concession stand and boat launch. The park is host to many annual events.
• Shiras Park
• Giant's Foot Park
Underground Mining Tours
Arts and Crafts
• Country Lanes
• Superior Lanes Entertainment Center
• Peter White Public Library
• Ishpeming Public Library
• Negaunee Public Library
• Cinema V
• Carmike Royal Cinema
• Carmike Deflt 5
• Shiras Planetarium
In brief: Marquette is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula. Population: 20,714. It is located on the south shore of Lake Superior, combining a dramatic natural wonderland of shoreline, forest and hills with a vibrant cultural community, progressive education, business and healthcare. Residents are known for their can-do attitude and warm friendliness, despite the area receiving over 180 inches of snow each year.
10 Winter Wonderlands for Retirement. (Jan. 2011) U.S. News and World Report
2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service presented to Marquette’s Peter White Public Library from The Institute of Museum and Library Service.
Ten Best Small Cities to Raise a Family. (Oct. 2010) Forbes
Five-Star Top Performing Entrepreneurial Community. (Oct. 2010) University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Bicycle Friendly Communities. (2010) League of American Bicyclists
7 Top Midwest City Beaches. (Aug. 2010) Midwest Living.
10 great places to feel like an Olympic Champion – USOEC. (Feb. 2010) USA Today
2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations and No. 1 Fan Favorite (Feb. 2010) National Trust for Historic Preservation
100 Best Communities for Young People (2008, 2007, 2005; Only 3-time winning community in Michigan) America’s Promise Alliance
Best places to live in rural America. (2008) Progressive Farmer
Top 50 Vacation Getaways. Mackinac Island #27, U.P. #41. (March 2008) Disney Family Travel
Top 200 Towns for Outdoorsmen. Marquette is #7. Only town in Michigan. (2008) Outdoor Life
Top Ten Winter Outdoor Family Getaways. (2008) Weather.com, GORP.away.com (Division of Orbitz)
Top 25 Shortest Commutes. No. 1. (2008) CNNMoney.com
Top 8 Running Towns in the Country. (2008) Trail Runners Magazine
Top 25 Places for Singles to Meet Their Match. (2008) CNNMoney.com
Best places to buy vacation property. The Upper Peninsula. (2006) Men's Journal
Top 10 global summer vacation destinations. (U.P.), Sherman's Travel, 2006.
Best Art Towns in America. (2005) Book by John Villani
America's Most Livable Communities. (2004) Partners for Livable Communities,
Michigan Cool City. (2004) State of Michigan
All-America County. (2003) National Civic League