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Explore Munising has multiple services for visitors to the Upper Michigan shores of Lake Superior.

The Explore Munising website – www.ExploreMunising.com highlights area natural features and fun events. The site also gives viewers a live peek at what is happening in the community through their 3 strategically placed web cams at:

  • Munising Bay – see dockside activity
  • Downtown Munising along the M-28 route
  • Grand Marais downtown
Munising Grand Marais visitor center

The Explore Munising Visitor Center is conveniently located right on M-28, as you arrive in Munising from the east. It is open 7 days a week during the summer season. Guests are greeted with concierge services that help them maximize their time here. Whether they want to tour Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, relax in the Hiawatha National Forest, visit Grand Island, hike to waterfalls or enjoy sites, shopping and dining in local communities, a stop at Munising Visitor Center is essential. Visitors especially appreciate getting Explore Munising’s FREE waterfall map or buying the exclusive Explore Munising waterproof map with distance details marked for hiking and kayaking excursions. On site ticketing for Pictured Rocks Cruises is another convenience offered to travelers.

visitor centerThis year, the Munising Visitor Center expanded their selection of delightful gift and souvenirs. Local folks are often surprised to find lovely gift treasures and the helpful tourist information for their friends and family coming to Munising. Regional U.P. artists works are featured throughout Munising Visitor Center, with beautiful photography, watercolor art, wood and metal hand crafted items, handmade soaps, to wearable art with U.P. Reference items including books, atlases, maps, puzzles and calendars featuring area scenes are available . There are specialty foods for snacking.  The Kids Korner has a nice collection of children’s books, cuddly stuffed animals, and outdoor play toys for adding fun to family vacations.

Gwinn FurnitureSince 2011, Explore Munising has been offering marketing services that enhance the visibility of local entrepreneurs. When owners Brenda Kelley St. Amour  and John St. Amour opened the Visitor Center on M-28, they wanted to promote the area and extend Munising hospitality to visitors from nearby U.P. towns to international travelers.



Pictured Rocks Days 2018

Pictured Rocks Days – June 9th & 10th, 2018
Binsfeld Bayshore Park, Munising, MI

Pictured Rocks Days

Munising Visitor Center Named “Best of the Lake”

Best of the LakeThe Munising Visitor Center has been selected as “Best Visitor Info Center” by the readers of Lake Superior Magazine, as announced in the magazine’s August/September 2017 “Best of the Lake 2017” issue, and on the magazine’s website, www.LakeSuperior.com.  The annual awards were launched by the magazine in 1993 to bring deserved recognition to establishments and locations around Lake Superior.

“We are honored to be recognized by the readers of this prestigious publication,” stated Brenda Kelley, owner of Munising Visitor Center and Explore Munising.  “We feel it is a validation of the customer-centered approach that we based our operating plan on when we opened our center in 2012.  We have listened to the questions that tourists have, and have designed the products and services we offer to create an informative, rewarding, and sometimes even stress-relieving experience for them when they choose to come in to our center.  We are known for the high-quality, waterproof maps that we have produced for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island National Recreational Area hiking trails, and area kayaking, shipwreck, and waterfall tours, and we are an authorized agent for the purchase of Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises tickets.  Our center has a studio featuring area artists, a bookstore and gift shop, and one of the area’s largest selections of quality items for kids. We offer a free concierge service, and our restaurant/dining section complete with menus is very popular. We are proud to also represent the Munising Visitors Bureau and many area businesses, as well as the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Manistique Tourist Council, so we can even provide our visitors with assistance for their travels outside of the Munising area.  All of our staff members enjoy engaging our visitors in conversation so that we can provide the best possible service to them, and we have made many friends that return year after year, even if it’s just to say hello.  We absolutely look forward to meeting each and every person that comes in to our center, and making many more new friends!”

For more information contact Brenda at Kelley Marketing, LLC, 906-387-5710, or browse the rest of our website.

Grand Island Dinner Cruise

Grand Island Dinner cruise

A few nights ago we went on Uncle Ducky’s “Grand Island Dinner Cruise” and here’s a little bit about our experience. To start, for one price you get a dinner and get to go on a cruise around Grand Island! It’s a fun way to spend the evening enjoying good food, drinks and great scenery.

We started with dinner at the Duck Pond — an eatery and beer garden located a few miles west of Munising. They let you select the entrée of your choice from their cruise menu. Being a beautiful summer evening, we enjoyed our meal in their outdoor seating area. They also offer a wide variety of craft beers (not included in price) to choose from as well as other drinks and refreshments. After eating we made our way to the boat landing to depart on our cruise at 6:30. Cliffs, caves, lighthouses, eagles and wildlife were among the sites we enjoyed on our trip. The captain shared interesting facts and allowed plenty of time for photos. A great time was had by all.

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Here’s a few shots of the scenery from our dinner cruise around Grand Island:

Rekindle the Spirit happening in downtown Munising

Rekindle the Spirit

This year’s Rekindle the Spirit will be Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:30. Not only will there will photo opportunities with Santa (PSB) and the Grinch (the Moose Lodge), but a polar bear character will be at HTC and Rudolph at Falling Rock with various other characters downtown. Others will be a Frosty the Snowman, elves, and a gingerbread man. This year we will also be offering Christmas carriage rides. Hope to see you there and spread the word!

Lake Superior Day

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore News Release

Munising, Michigan – In honor of Lake Superior Day, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interpreter Andrea Chynoweth will lead a beach walk at Miners Beach on Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m. The hour-long walk will focus on the power of Lake Superior to influence both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, impacts on weather, and the dynamic forces at work where water meets land. Meet at the parking lot at the west end of Miners Beach, six miles north of H-58 on Miners Castle Road (H-11) in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Lake Superior Day is an annual event that occurs the third Sunday of July. Started by a group of citizens in Thunder Bay, Ontario in the 1990s, it now includes celebrations and activities from more than 50 groups and communities around Lake Superior.