The 10 Best Things to Do in Escanaba, United States

December 5, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Escanaba (/ˌɛskəˈnɑːbə/ ES-kə-NAH-bə) is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on Little Bay de Noc in the state's Upper Peninsula. The population was 12,616 at the 2010 census, making it the third-largest city in the Upper Peninsula after Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. It is the seat of government of Delta County.
Restaurants in Escanaba

1. Ludington Park

1007 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-3501
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Ludington Park

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ludington Park, here in Escanaba, Michigan, is certainly a very special Park. I am happy I checked Trip Advisor and saw it ranked as the Number One Attraction. There are several very special areas within Ludington Park.

The Veteran's Memorial. The Municipal Swimming Beach.. The Band Stand and environs. The PHENOMENAL Children's Playground.

I am posting a fair number of photos showing each of these areas.

Lastly, you can NOT visit Ludington Park without seeing the Lighthouse and Museum both located at the (is it) South end of the park.

2. Sand Point Lighthouse

16 Water Plant Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829-4052
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Sand Point Lighthouse

The Sand Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1867 to direct ships around the Sand point and into the deep water channel of the Escanaba Harbor. This building, with a 4th order Fresnel lens, has been restored to its original appearance, with a turn of the century interior. The building and grounds are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reviewed By DoriJo - West Bend, Wisconsin

My husband and I were so impressed with the organization of materials in the museum and lighthouse and the story the artifacts told. The highlight of this museum were the two informative young men at the visitors' desks who willing offered their knowledge of the historic past. Their passion for what they do is an inspiration for all.

3. Delta County Historical Museum

16 Water Plant Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829-4052 +1 906-789-6790
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5 based on 34 reviews

Delta County Historical Museum

The museum features displays about our cities local resources, industry, logging, railroads, and the county’s relationship to the lakes and land. There is an extensive clothing collection, as well as a 1905 motor launch. Open May-Sept.

Reviewed By K P - Dickson, Tennessee

It looks small, but it is not. Packed with local artifacts, information and pieces of history. Families in the area have donated countless items to the museum and the historical society has done an amazing job of displaying and explaining each section. It's arranged very nicely, too. The volunteer was very pleasant and we enjoyed chatting with her.
Visit it -- you'll enjoy it.

4. Leigh's Garden Winery

904 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-3827 +1 906-553-7799
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5 based on 26 reviews

Leigh's Garden Winery

Reviewed By poukala - Macomb, Michigan

The winery offered a variety a wines, there were a couple white wines, about five or six red wines in a few fruit wines. All of them were very good. We chose to go with the six 1 oz Pours and received a free glass....MoreSo nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping in and don't forget all our new wines will be out in April!

700 1st Ave., Escanaba, MI 49829 +1 906-789-7862
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5 based on 13 reviews

Bonifas Art Gallery

The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in downtown Escanaba claims the title “home to all the arts” for the Central Upper Peninsula region. Each year the Alice Uren Powers galleries in the Bonifas Arts Center host a series of local and regional art exhibitions along with traveling exhibits on loan from institutions like the Smithsonian or Detroit Institute of Arts. The center focuses most of its efforts on art created by artists of the area. An Upper Peninsula regional competitive exhibit each fall titled Northern Exposure showcases the best of the U.P.; a Bay Area Art Association show in the spring features work in all media; and special theme exhibits are featured in the summer, such as “Companions and Choices,” a quilt exhibit or “Re-Visioning Nostalgia: the Agrarian Roots of Contemporary Life.”

Reviewed By Susan J - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

This community is extremely lucky to have this outstanding Art Gallery.
The space is beautiful! The staff was welcoming and helpful. The April 2016 exhibit was so inspiring and delightful. I will make a point of visiting Bonifas Art Gallery every time I'm in the Escanaba area!

6. Pioneer Trail Park

Us 2 41 & M35, Escanaba, MI 49829 +1 906-786-1020
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4 based on 24 reviews

A historical trail takes the path of Chippewa Indians. French Missionaries once met with Native Americans nearby. A cemetery of early white settlers is on the trail. Located on the Escanaba River.

Reviewed By Tippecanoe1841 - Kentucky

I grew up hanging out in Pioneer Trail Park in the 1970's and 1980's. I recently visited the park for the first time in several decades. It has been seriously renovated and upgraded while preserving the rustic setting. The old picnic shelter has been replaced with a nice new modern one, as has the playground equipment. The park has numerous campsites with hookups, but in a rustic setting. There is access to the Escanaba River, which borders the park on one side. The local parks department has done a very nice job of updating this park while preserving its rustic charm. If you are camping or going on a picnic, I highly recommend Pioneer Trail Park.

1007 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-3501 +1 906-786-0300
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5 based on 6 reviews

East Ludington Gallery

The East Ludington Gallery is the oldest artist cooperative gallery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. All the artwork is by local artists. We feature a variety of art styles and are reasonably priced. We offer paintings (watercolor, oil, alcohol ink, acrylic), silk scarves, dye work, quilt work, glass, jewelry, wood working, pottery, clay pieces, hand-made greeting cards and photography.

Reviewed By Eskyfood - Escanaba, Michigan

The gallery features pieces of art made by local artists. Paintings, sculptures, carvings, knitting,

8. Family Fun Park

2929 3rd Ave N, Escanaba, MI 49829-4203 +1 906-789-9386
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Family Fun Park

Reviewed By Rrmckeown

Long day of driving and we pulled in for a break and stopped here. We played mini golf and it was very fun and the course was in good shape. Not a ton of variety per hole but still fun. Very economical as it was only $5 per person.

9. Wells Sports Complex

1647 17.4 Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829-9561 +1 906-786-3995
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4 based on 5 reviews

This facility is located at 1647 17.4 Rd. in Escanaba behind the Delta Do-It Center. Two indoor artificial ice surfaces with open skating hours, hockey and figure skating. Learn to Skate programs for all ages. The second sheet is designed mainly for open skating. Call 906-786-3995 for more information and a schedule of activities and hours.

Reviewed By Vicki S - Gwinn, Michigan

this is a very top-notch complex. the fields are in immaculate shaped during the baseball season and it is easy to see what's going on on other fields besides the one you're at.

10. City of Escanaba Bike Path

1st Ave. North, Lincoln Rd, and Danforth Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829 +1 906-789-7862
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3.5 based on 9 reviews

The Escanaba Cross Country Pathway is located within the city limits, yet feels like it is set deep in the wilderness. The peaceful cedar ridges and hardwood hills block out the hustle of the city. The trailhead is located on North 30th Street just north of Charter Communications.

Reviewed By Daddin458 - Battle Creek, Michigan

Secret find-Marina office has several cruiser-type bikes available for free use, just provide ID & sign one out, had a nice ride around adjacent waterfront park/beach area, very pretty!

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