Port Huron, Michigan is one of those hidden gems that many overlook. Located on the shores of one of the gorgeous Great Lakes, it’s a perfect location for a quick weekend getaway that feels secluded but is still within an hour of Detroit. If you are looking for another great place to visit in the Great Lakes State, look no further than this location for your next family vacation, weekend trip, or romantic getaway.
Things to do in Port Huron, Michigan
I’m just a small-town girl, born and raised in Michigan, but I’m still finding new places to explore in the Mitten State. Recently, we spent the weekend at the Port Huron KOA Campground and was able to get out and explore Port Hurson. As a mom of three growing teen boys, it can be challenging to find things they will love and enjoy in a new destination. If you’re looking for a place to explore in Michigan, then consider Port Huron. Port Huron, Michigan is not just a fun place, but it is actually known to be one of the safest communities in America. What better reason to visit than knowing you will have fun and be safe while you relax with your family?
Blue Water River Walk
If you want to check out the beauty that is the St. Clair River and the skyline of the city, this is the place to go. A leisurely stroll along the Blue Water River Walk is a great way to spend an afternoon or even a quiet romantic evening with your spouse.
Not just a walkway, this has stunning views of the river, the Blue Water Bridge, and some unique sculpture and wildlife along the way. You may even see someone doing a bit of fishing. It is a simple place to spend some time, and a perfect area to get in some exercise while taking in the local atmosphere after a meal at one of the local restaurants.
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Known for being the oldest lighthouse in the state of Michigan, this is a must for the history buff. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse was built in the midst of the War of 1812 as a lighthouse to guard the junction of St. Clair River and Lake Huron.
For the adventurous soul, a climb to the top includes 94 iron stairs in a spiral that is both beautiful, and a bit frightening for those who are afraid of heights. While still a functional lighthouse, it is also a wonderful destination to view the St. Clair River, Lake Huron, and the Blue Water Bridge. You can even see Ontario from this lighthouse. What a fun way to share local geography with your kids! In fact, one of the best things to do in Port Huron, Michigan.
Maritime Center at Vantage Point
Another wonderful stop for the history enthusiast, the Maritime Center at Vantage Point is a must for every visitor to Port Huron. The appeal to this stop is that it includes the world headquarters for BoatNerd.com. Such a cool location to stop, learn more about the history of the Great Lakes while also watching a live feed of current traffic on the waters of the region.
Huron Lady Cruise
This is a definite must-do thing in Port Huron. The Huron Lady Cruise gives you the option to see all the things by boat. During this 1.5 house cruise on the St. Clair River, you will go under the two Blue Water Bridge into Lake Huron. During this cruise, you will be able to view Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Great Lake Ships, the Huron Lightship, Canada, and the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock. This tour is narrated and focuses on the history of the area, local sights, and the significance of shipping on the Great Lakes.
Thomas Edison Depot Museum
Located in the historic Fort Gratiot train depot, this museum is dedicated to the creative energy and accomplishments of Thomas Edison. The building the Thomas Edison Depot Museum is housed in was actually at one time the workplace of Edison. So much history and excitement in one location!
This museum is great for the kids to learn more about the life of Thomas Edison with various areas of interest from his childhood up to his later years of inventions and impacting the future of our country and world. For families with younger kids, this is a must in things to do in Port Huron, Michigan.
Port Huron Lightship Museum
Step on deck to the take a tour of the Huron Lightship Museum! The tour of a classic lightship that acts as a lighthouse on the water is a fun stop for kids of all ages. Learn a bit more history of this last lightship to operate on the Great Lakes while checking out the history of how lightships worked and were used in years past. Not only can you climb to the top of the tower, but you will enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Huron and the majestic Blue Water Bridges. The lighthouse tower went through renovations recently, so even if you’ve been before, now is a great time to visit again. This was the first lighthouse on Lake Huron, built-in 1825 and rebuilt in 1829 and 1861. It is also the oldest working lighthouse in Michigan.
More Michigan Destinations
If you are still looking for more fun destinations outside of these things to do in Port Huron, Michigan, I have you covered. Make sure to check out some of our other favorite stops in the Great Lake State.