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Magnificent Munising, MichiganAuthor: sightseeingsue (More Trip Reviews by sightseeingsue)
Date of Trip: March 2006
It's a very casual atmosphere, so whatever you are wearing will go. They don't offer a breakfast meal, and don't open up until around lunchtime. And if my memory serves me, they are also closed on Mondays.
Another nice thing about this place is that it overlooks a small picturesque lake. Being seated in the back section overlooking the lake is the best spot in the house, and don't be surprised if you find yourself gazing out the window getting lost in the moment if you are seated in this section.
Conclusion: If you want to find a nice relaxing place to eat a decent tasting and priced meal and aren't afraid to drive a little off the beaten-path to get there, then I would definitely recommend this to you. Remember a couple things though; first don't expect to be in a hurry as this is a true UP establishment...nobody's ever in a hurry up there. And in the winter month's people usually drive their snowmobiles to get here, as it's near many popular snowmobile trails.
This casino is not too old and built like a log cabin, so you will love the up-north feel to this place. It has a great little restaurant with wonderful sandwiches and snacks to fill you up. There are not too many machines or table games to choose from, but enough to enjoy yourself for a few hours. There is also a hotel next to the casino that offers great room rates and amenities.
Some of the hotels in the area offer casino packages, which give you a few tokens to play with once you come stay with them. It's enticing and usually gets me in the doors.
Munising Falls is considered one of the seven "Notable Falls" in Michigan, one of the most visited waterfalls in Alger County, and probably one of the easiest to get to with only a short 5 minute leisurely walk to see them. They can be found about 2-3 miles from downtown Munising at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Center. This park is heavily visited, but has a nice size parking area that I have not seen full yet.
Once at the park you will find restrooms, and kiosks with information pertaining to the falls and the trails surrounding the Pictured Rocks National Park area. The trail to the falls is clearly marked, wheelchair accessible, and takes you down a short groomed path (800 feet) to experience the falls. The winding walk goes into the woods and lies next to a quaint little stream surrounded by trees and wildflowers native to the area. Once there you will be witness to this truly majestic sight as the water drops suddenly over a limestone ledge 40 to 50 feet below.
The Park Service no longer allows visitors to walk around, behind, nor underneath the falls for safely reasons, but there are several viewing platforms areas that you can climb to for that special picture opportunity.
I don't recall the hours the park is open, but it seems like it is open during most of the daylight hours. These falls are open year round but are more frequented in the summer months. I have never experienced these falls in the winter months but have heard they create some absolutely exquisite ice formation.
*Directions: From M-28 in Munising (where it bends 90 degrees), to east on H-58 (Munising Avenue) 1 ¼ mile to Washington street, which forks off to the left. Turn left (north) onto Washington Street, and go about 1/2 mile to where it bears right, at a hospital. The Munising Falls parking area is on your right, across from the hospital.
This is a definite must-see if you are in the area.
Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise
Pack your camera, check your batteries and head out to Munising City Dock for a relaxing 3-hour tour to discover spectacular rock and cliff formations, some of which rise over 200 feet of the Pictured Rocks. These nature wonders can be seen best my this boat tour, which will take you out onto the crystal clear waters of lake Superior for an experience you won't easily forget.
Tickets can be purchased in advance, or by stopping by the gift shop next to the pier. Tours start the Friday before Memorial Day and continue through the day after Labor Day. Prices for the 2006 season; $29 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 12; and children 5 and younger are free. They do offer group rates too, and the schedule varies during the season so make sure to check out their website for accurate departure times. I would imagine that sometimes the tours may get cancelled if the weather is too rough.
Once you are aboard one of several boats available in their fleet, you can either find a seat on the enclosed lower level of the boat or choose to seat up on the upper deck to take in the full experience of the ride. If the weather is warm get there early to assure a spot on the top deck, as these seats go quickly and have the best views.
The ride was smooth as they have new state-of-the-art stabilizers that provide a smooth ride. But, I also checked the weather to make sure the weather was calm for the day I went out. I'm not much for wild waves on boat rides.
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