What to do and see in Paradise, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 7, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Paradise in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for State Parks. Discover best things to do in Paradise with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Paradise

1. Tahquamenon Falls State Park

41382 W M 123, Paradise, MI 49768-9628 +1 906-492-3415
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Located in the upper peninsula area of Michigan with wonderful wildlife and waterfalls.

Reviewed By Judy P - Titusville, Florida

On our way back from Whitefish Point and decided to check out the Falls. It was a bit rainy out, but nice and cool. The easy walk to the upper falls was less than 1/2 mile. I didn't want to walk the 94 steps down to the lower falls, but our view was just fine. It was after 6pm and we were hungry and in need of a beer. There was a brew pub/restaurant at the park, so we decided to take a chance. It was packed. Great beer and delicious food. I even tried a blueberry wheat beer, and I don't like beer.

2. Crisp Point Lighthouse

1944 County Road 412, Newberry, MI 49868 +1 517-230-6294
Excellent
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Crisp Point was one of four original Lake Superior Life Saving Stations. It was built in 1875 and became operational in 1876. Plans to build Crisp Point Lighthouse were originally proposed in 1896 and every year after, until it was finally approved in 1902, to be built with a budget of$18,000. Fifteen acres of land with a quarter mile of lake frontage was purchased in 1903 for $30. Due to continuous erosion, the lighthouse grounds now consist of less than three (3) acres. On May 5th, 1904 the light became operational. The tower housed a fixed 360 degree red fourth order Fresenel Lens. The lighthouse tower stands fifty-eight feet in height from its base to the ventilator ball of the lantern. The tower was placed on a ten foot deep and fourteen foot wide concrete foundation. The lighthouse station also contained a service building attached to the tower, a two family, two story brick keepers house, fog signal building, a boat house, oil house, and barn. Over time numerous cribs, groins, and sheet piling were constructed to prevent erosion, only to be destroyed by the massive forces of Lake Superior. In 1965, because of vandalism and maintenance problems, the United States Coast Guard decided to destroy all remaining buildings except the light tower and its attached service building. In 1996 the service building to the tower perished, the result of numerous Lake Superior storms. It was at this time, Crisp Point Lighthouse was listed as the most endangered lighthouse in the United States. Beginning in 1998 and other years since, large stone has been placed along the shoreline to help slow the threat of erosion. Erosion caused by wind and water will always be a major concern at the light. The service building to the tower was rebuilt over a two year period and opened in 2008. In 2009 the Crisp Point Visitors Center opened. The center is a replica of the fog signal building, containing historical displays, merchandise and restrooms. In the Fall of 2012, a new solar powered light was installed in the lantern room and was turned on in May 2013. This marked the first time the lighthouse had been lit in 20 years. The light is now operated seasonally from May to November as a Private Aid to Navigation (PATON). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VISITOR CENTER IS ONLY OPEN FROM APPROXIMATELY MAY TO NOVEMBER AND THAT COUNTY ROAD 412 IS NOT SNOWPLOWED OR MAINTAINED IN THE WINTER. The Crisp Point Light Historical Society (CPLHS) was formed in 1992 and is a nonprofit 501.C.3 organization. CPLHS is an all volunteer group whose purpose is to restore and preserve Crisp Point Lighthouse for future generations. The solitude and tranquility felt at the light are irreplaceable and the sunsets are some of the best you'll see anywhere. We invite you to visit Crisp Point Lighthouse, it is definitely worth the trip.

Reviewed By marlew66 - Gaylord, Michigan

Crisp Point Lighthouse is an incredible hidden gem in The Upper Peninsula. Its one of our favorite spots to visit when in the U.P. and has breath taking views and unspoiled beauty. Like many have said the roads heading to the Lighthouse can be a bit treacherous and challenging to many types of vehicles. But the roads keep this area protected from casual folks looking to do things other than common good.

3. Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise, MI
Excellent
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5 based on 172 reviews

Tahquamenon Falls

Reviewed By jkfhope - West Michigan

Our most recent visit was mid-October during the Harvest/Halloween Festival. We camped on site for 3 nights and had a great time. The falls are not to be missed for anyone visiting the UP. There are also great trails at varying lengths and difficulty so that any group can enjoy their time in the outdoors. If you are a camper I highly recommend spending a couple days at this campground. It's conveniently located to the falls, Whitefish point and other area attractions.

4. Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Whitefish Bay, Paradise, MI 49768 +1 906-635-1742
Excellent
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4.5 based on 443 reviews

Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By Five_Aces_Tx - Dallas, TX

A nice area of buildings and history. Even if you don't go in the museum ($10 if I remember correctly) there is still some plaques and other things to look at in the area. A nice view of Lake Superior. Also, visit the walking path back by the restrooms for an elevated view of the area.

Bonus site to see! About halfway between Shelldrake and Whitefish Point, look for a mailbox about 20 feet high with a sign that says, "Winter Delivery"

5. Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

18335 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768-9618 +1 888-492-3747
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4.5 based on 725 reviews

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round.

Reviewed By ESmith583 - Waterloo, Canada

Our summer holiday was planned around visiting this museum - it's been on our to-do list for quite awhile. Our family is very interested in freighters, and our son in particular is fascinated with the Edmund Fitzgerald.

It was worth the drive and admission just to the see the Fitz's bell.

We were disappointed to not climb to the top of the light station - you had to book an appointment to climb to the top and it was a very busy day with a long waiting list.

The amazing displays in the museum building were the highlight of our visit. Also be sure to check out the gift shop - we picked up some great finds.

6. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

16914 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768-9612 +1 906-492-3596
Excellent
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

Reviewed By Linda T - Sault Ste. Marie

Weather very cold and windy as expected. Spring Migration of hawks, owls, waterfowl, and songbirds funnel into Whitefish Bay to cross into Canada making for a unique & diverse birding experience.
Presentations on piping plovers, owl banding and hawk ID excellent but better preparation of equipment was needed for first two. Banquet very good and very tasty muffins and coffee available which met needs of those on gluten- free diet was greatly appreciated.
Owl banders very receptive and informative as we're guided bird watching walk leaders.

7. Village Fabrics & Crafts

32702 W. Highway M-123, Paradise, MI 49768 +1 906-492-3803
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5 based on 8 reviews

Village Fabrics & Crafts

Reviewed By Mrs P

Warm and welcoming... The lady working/not the owner was friendly and helpful. I was so happy to find this quilt shop in the middle of nowhere. Apparently the shop has been there for many years. I bought some up north iconic fabrics including some camper flannels​ for pjs.

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