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Soo Locks Boat Tours

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Address: Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2447
Phone Number: +1 906-632-6301
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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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Good way to experience locks, I think

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
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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Thank Chuck2010
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank Heather T
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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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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Thank CayugaCarol
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
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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Thank Rockytoo2
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My husband and I took the "regular" 10 AM cruise on a Saturday in October. It was cold, overcast, and windy, so we opted to sit inside where the heat was. We still had really good views, and you're free to move around the boat as you please. I don't know if it's due to where we sat, but we... More 

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

Hello, and thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you had a hard time hearing the narration. Ususally that is not a problem, but if the heaters were running, perhaps a different seat would have helped. Thank you for your review. More 

Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I didn't know what to expect. I thought it might be a little cheesy. It wasn't. It was great! Very informative. The two hours seemed to go by so quickly. I will definitely go on the tour again next time we are in the Soo, but I think the next time will be on one of their dinner cruises.

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

We are so glad you had a great time onboard, and also delighted that you did not find it one bit "cheesy". 😊 You will really enjoy our dinner cruise, as you do see more of the river system, and also have a fantastic meal. Thanks so much for your review. More 

Corunna
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Took the Sunset Dinner Cruise and enjoyed it. Dinner was Buffet style and very tasty lots to eat. On this Cruise the there was no sunset to see due to the inclement weather but we stayed nice and dry inside the boat. The locks were interesting to go thru both on Canadian and US side. Definitely a great experience for... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us on our Sunset Dinner Cruise. Thank you for your kind words. We hope you will join us again, when you visit Sault Ste. Marie. More 

Livonia, Michigan
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the boat ride and the locks, really it made my husband really happy and that made me happy. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did

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

We are so glad that your husband and you enjoyed your boat tour. We are always delighted to hear from happy customers. Thank you for your review. More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We sat on the right back side in front of where one of the ropes are located. Little did we know that it isn't safe to sit there as I was hit on the head and it felt like I was clobbered. I suffer from migraines and felt a little woosy afterward. We had to delay our travels a day... More 

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

Hello, I am terribly sorry you had this happen to you during your ride on the boat tour. I can assure you, this is highly unusual. If you would call our office manager, Libby, on Monday, she would be happy to help you. 906-632-2512. More 

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