If you find yourself driving along US-2 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer, be sure to detour south on US-41 o4 to the town of Menominee – just across the Menominee River from Wisconsin. At the southernmost tip of the Upper Peninsula, Menominee is a must-visit place in Michigan this summer!
Menominee County is often referred to as “Where the Best of Michigan Begins” and is a draw to people from all walks of life looking for a relaxing, nature-filled getaway. Located on the Bay of Green Bay at the mouth of the Menominee River, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures!
Boating, fishing, whitewater rafting, and watersports are all popular pastimes in the summer months, as well as soaking up the sun on sandy Lake Michigan beaches.
Things to Explore in Menominee
With a thriving historic district and waterfront, there are many fun things to do and explore in Menominee. Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch from one of the local restaurants as well as enjoy the occasional car shows, summer concert series on Stephenson Island, and the Waterfront Festival each August. The historic downtown is known for its charming art galleries and antique shops.
Visit the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse
The Menominee North Pier Lighthouse is found in Ann Arbor Park. The park includes a prominent place to park, a boat ramp, and access to the lighthouse and pier. You can walk out to the lighthouse if the weather conditions are right.
Menominee North Pier Lighthouse was first erected in 1877, and the current one was constructed in 1927. When visiting the upper peninsula of Michigan, this is one sight that you simply cannot miss. The north pier lighthouse is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The bright red tower of the lighthouse shows the point where the Menominee River and Lake Michigan meet.
Play in John Henes Park
Another great place to spend some time when you are in the area is John Henes Park. The park offers 45 acres, with great views of the shoreline. There are many beautiful places to stop and have a picnic. John Henes Park also provides areas for swimming, biking, hiking, and volleyball.
Best Places to Eat in Menominee
When traveling to Menominee, you will want to try some of the great restaurants located throughout the area. Of course, you want to start your day with a good cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. The Serving Spoon is the perfect way to start your day. The pastries are delicious, and you really cannot go wrong with any of the breakfast plates on the menu.
One place that you should definitely stop at is Pirates Cove. This excellent pub and grill offer some great menu items, including sandwiches, salads, and pizza. Make sure to grab a beer from Keweenaw Brewing Company while you are there.
If you are looking for a fun place to hang out and have a great dinner, Pearl Eatery will not disappoint. The cajun-inspired menu has a lot of tasty choices, including Po’Boys. You can choose from shrimp, chicken, tenderloin, catfish, and even gator. If you really want something decadent, try the Mac and Cheese Pub Burger.
Lodging in Menominee
If you’re looking for nearby lodging in Menominee, you have a few options from which to choose. Here are a few of our recommended places to stay in Menominee:
- Econo Lodge on the Bay
- AmericInn by Wyndham Menominee
- River Park Campground
- Lauerman House Inn
- Amore’ De Bay Romantic Suite for 2 Includes Free Continental Breakfast & Wifi