MQT 101

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 or visit the Google Map and add *your* favorite spots.

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Outdoor Recreation


Trail Networks

• 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

Map of Marquette Bike Paths

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

Iron Ore Heritage Trail - Map of Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Noquemenon Trails - Map of Noquemenon Trail And don't forget the Annual Noquemenon Ski Marathon

North Country Trail  - Map of North Country Trail

Marquette Hiking

Sugarloaf Mountain - Photos of Sugarloaf

Motor Sports Trails

ATV Trails

Map of Republic-Champion Route Map

Map of Bass Lake Motorcycle Trail

Map of Portfield Lake Motorcycle Trail



Marquette Mountain

Fit-Strip Cross Country Ski Trail


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   

Tourist Park  - Tourist Park is the site of the annual Hiawatha Music Festival.
Map of Tourist Park Campground

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

Neighborhood Parks

Williams Park

Harlow Park

Giant's Foot Park

Beach Parks

McCarty's Cove

South Beach Park

Green Parks

Lakeside Park

Father Marquette Park

Downtown Pocket Park

Spring Street Park

LaBonte Park


Presque Isle Marina

Cinder Pond Marina


Underground Mining Tours

Adventure Mining Company

Boat Tours

Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises

Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tours



Michigan Iron Industry Museum

U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame & Museum

Marquette County History Museum

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum


Arts and Crafts

Marquette Arts and Culture Center

The DeVos Art Museum

The STUDIO Gallery

The Oasis Gallery for Contemporary Art


Country Lanes

Superior Lanes Entertainment Center

Ice Skating

Marquette Commons

Negaunee Ice Arena

Lakeview Arena - Lakeview Arena on Facebook



Peter White Public Library

• Ishpeming Public Library

Negaunee Public Library


Movie Theaters

Cinema V

Carmike Royal Cinema

• Carmike Deflt 5


Shiras Planetarium

Recreational Facilities

NMU PEIF Facility

YMCA of Marquette County


The DeYoung Family Zoo

Garlyn Zoo


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), (Division of Orbitz)  

Top 25 Shortest Commutes. No. 1. (2008)

Top 8 Running Towns in the Country. (2008) Trail Runners Magazine

Top 25 Places for Singles to Meet Their Match. (2008)

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