Historically, Marine City was known as a ship building center of the Great Lakes. Because of this status, many captains, sailors and shipbuilders made their homes here, as evidenced by the grand residential architecture throughout the historic downtown area. Gracious Victorian “Painted Ladies” still sit side by side with turn of the century cottages. Self-guided tours offer inside info on this splendid architecture.

Today, with its many antique and gift shops, Marine City has grown into a hot spot for collectors and treasure hunters. Numerous parks are interspersed between unique shopping and dining venues along the historic waterfront and beyond. Live theaters and museums ensure there’s something fun for everyone. Visitors also enjoy a swimming beach, fishing, boating, scuba and amphitheater along the riverfront.

Highlights of a trip to Marine City include:

  • Five waterfront parks including a swimming area; inland parks and a sledding hill
  • Several museums and self-guided tours of Victorian architecture and maritime artifacts
  • A unique shopping experience at many antique and other specialty stores
  • Numerous waterfront dining venues and two live theaters

Annual festivals and special events include:

  • Maritime Days Festival and Beach Party
  • Pumpkin-palooza
  • Merrytime Christmas
  • Lighted Santa Parade and Merrytime Days

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Exploring by land trail or waterway is a great way to discover Michigan’s thumb region! There are hundreds of hiking trails and water ways to travel along and the Discover the Blue shoreline communities are taking part in a regional initiative to make these more user –friendly. Through the Trail Towns initiative, communities are working together to support and provide physical amenities such as accessible kayak launches, informative signage, maps and restrooms for bicyclists and paddlers. In addition, local businesses are supporting these recreational amenities by providing pertinent goods and services such as kayak and bike rentals, gear and discounts on overnight accommodations and restaurants.

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