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Soo Locks Boat Tours

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Address: 1157 E. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2447
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We are a top 5 Michigan Attraction that has been offering exciting tours...

We are a top 5 Michigan Attraction that has been offering exciting tours through the famous Soo Locks since 1934. Over the years we have grown to a fleet of five tour vessels and two dock facilities in Sault Ste. Marie, Mi.

Located only 50 miles north of Mackinac Bridge, we are a must-see destination in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.

We offer a wide variety of maritime sightseeing adventures, including our popular Soo Locks sightseeing tours, enjoyable Luncheon and Dinner Cruises, and adventurous Lighthouse Cruises.

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Very fun family friendly.

On our tour of the great lakes, we went to the most northern point we could in Michigan. The Soo Locks tour was awesome. My kids had never been on that large of a body of water or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On our tour of the great lakes, we went to the most northern point we could in Michigan. The Soo Locks tour was awesome. My kids had never been on that large of a body of water or a boat that big other than Disney World. Crossing over into Canada, being along side HUGE ships going in and out of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

If you are visiting Mackinac Island or crossing the Mackinac Bridge or vacationing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, you have to take time to take a boat tour of the Soo Locks, the world's largest locking system. One of the top five tourist attractions in Michigan, it has been offering tours through the famous Soo Locks since 1934. Over the years,... More 

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Laingsburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

I have wanted to do this for years now, I am so glad we did. what fun. The day was overcast and you could tell we might get drenched,,,,we did. We had to wait in the locks until a storm that soaked us went thru. I loved this tour. when you look at the big doors on the locks all... More 

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Rockford, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

When you are visiting the locks the best bang for the buck is the Soo Locks Boat tour. For the fee you get a boat ride on a reasonable comfortable, clean, tour boat. The guide / narrators are knowledgeable and seem to enjoy their job. They know the locks and vicinity well, most live in the Soo. Their is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The boat cruise itself was ok, but the dinner and fireworks on the 4th of July is what set this apart. Yes, no matter what, if you are visiting this area this is THE must do venture to really experience the locks and see the surrounding area, including parts of Canada.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I visited my parents in the Soo in August and asked that they plan something "different" for us to do, so they chose the dinner cruise. The food was ok. Each cruise has a theme, and this one apparently was chosen through a contest. Sadly, the only people who seemed really excited by the Medieval theme was the couple who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were on the tour boat for entry, lowering, and departure through the locks first hand. A real great experience. The time through the locks in narrated and is very interesting. You also get to go through the smaller Canadian lock on the return trip. Your tour takes you on a lake tour with narration. We had a really great... More 

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your boat tour. Thanks so much for sharing our experience on TripAdvisor! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Get there a bit early to get the best spots. You can take food and drinks onboard or you can grab a limited selection on the boat.

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this review

Yes, the boat tour through the Soo Locks is fun! Thanks for sharing you thoughts on TripAdvisor. We do appreciate your 5 star review. More 

Grove, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

When I started researching things to do and see in and around Mackinaw City, the "Soo Locks" came up. Just an hour from our hotel in Mackinaw City we decided to check it out. We knew very little about how the locks system worked. This trip was so informative and a great way to experience the locks as you travel... More 

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this review

We are so glad you did you research and decided to join us for a boat trip through the Soo Locks. It is a wonderful way to experience Sault Ste. Marie and you learn so much about the history of our area. Thank you for joining us onboard! More 

Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We took the Soo Locks Boat Tour in mid-October--after the normal tourist season. The day was a little overcast, cool, and breezy, but the boat had a covered/enclosed area. We elected to sit on the open upper deck. There were few enough passengers that everyone who wanted could sit in the very bow of the boat--the best viewing area. The... More 

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Carol B, Public Relations Manager at Soo Locks Boat Tours, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your time on our boat tour. Thank you for your 5 star review! We do appreciate it. More 

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