Port Huron is known as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes with unique sites to be explored…immerse yourself in maritime lore by visiting the only existing lightship on the Great Lakes, the Huron Lightship. The Great Lakes Maritime Center will give you insight on the great lake and ocean going freighters navigating one of the busiest waterways in the world. Also tour Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Michigan’s oldest working lighthouse.

The captivating history doesn’t stop there…the Thomas Edison Depot Museum depicts the great inventor’s life when he lived in Port Huron. The Port Huron Museum reveals the people and events that have molded the Blue Water Area and Knowlton’s Ice Museum tells the story of the ice industry.

Walk the historic downtown district amidst grand brick storefronts and discover quaint specialty shops and enriching art galleries. Casual diners and gourmet coffee will delight your taste buds and enjoy waterfront dining along the St. Clair River or Black River. Boaters will find a beautiful marina to suit their needs. Take a sight-seeing boat cruise or hop aboard the Blue Water Trolley.

Also discover beaches and spots for picnicking, walking and biking in the vast presence the Blue Water Bridges, connecting Port Huron to Ontario, Canada.

Highlights of a trip to Port Huron include:

  • Tour the historic Fort Gratiot Light Station, Michigan’s oldest lighthouse
  • Full-service marinas and docking facilities within walking distance of the downtown district complete with shopping and dining
  • Tour the city’s attractions for just 10-cents on the Blue Water Trolley
  • Waterfront public parks and sandy beaches
  • Visit the Thomas Edison Depot Museum, the Huron Lightship, the Carnegie Museum and the Knowlton Ice Museum
  • Enjoy a narrated sightseeing boat tour aboard the Huron Lady II
  • The beautiful Blue Water River Walk, one mile of shoreline restored to its natural beauty. Walk, fish, and view the freighters

Annual festivals and special events include:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl and parade
  • SandFest at the Fort Gratiot Light Station
  • Blue Water Fest and Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race
  • Rockin’ the Rivers musical entertainment along the waterfront

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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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