Located along the southern shore of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of the most uniquely beautiful areas in the entire Great Lakes region. The area includes over 40 miles of shoreline and covers a total area in excess of 73,000 acres, but the key attraction here is the 15 miles of shoreline that features the titular 'Pictured Rocks': a collection of colorful sandstone cliffs just outside of Munising, MI. The rock formations and colors in this area are truly unique and picturesque, with various caves and waterfalls adding even more natural beauty to this incredible area.


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Plenty of people visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore each year, with this area actually becoming the first ever National Lakeshore back in 1966. Around half a million visitors are recorded at Pictured Rocks per year, with many of them relying on hiking or camping to enjoy the area. However, if you really want to make the most of your trip to Pictured Rocks, it pays to take a cruise. As the only authorized concessioner of the National Park Service for Picture Rocks, Pictured Rocks Cruises is the company to choose if you want to enjoy this incredible location from the water.

- Pictured Rocks Cruises - 100 City Park Dr, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: 906-3872379

Located on City Park Drive in Munising, Pictured Rocks Cruises is one of the top tourist attractions in Michigan, offering a trio of cruises around the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks Cruises has been operating for over five decades now, so the captains and crew of this company know the waters around Pictured Rocks better than anyone else, offering in-depth insight into the history and wildlife of the area.

There are three different tours to check out with Pictured Rocks Cruises. These cruises often sell out well in advance, so it can definitely be a smart to book ahead of time. No drinking of alcohol or smoking is allowed on board, but you can bring your own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. The tours are open to people of all ages and every boat is fitted with restrooms, as well as amenities and accessibility for wheelchair users.

Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and be sure to bring a camera along as you'll definitely want to snap some photos of the scenic sights and stunning views you'll witness out on your Pictured Rocks cruise. If you're interested in booking one of these cruises for yourself, read on to learn all about the three main options.

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2.Classic Cruise

Classic Cruise
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The Classic Cruise from Pictured Rocks Cruises is the standard option. It's also the cheapest, with tickets being priced at just $38. This cruise makes a 32 mile journey in total, offering incredible views of the colorful cliffs of Pictured Rocks, as well as sailing along past various beaches, caves, rock formations, and more.

You'll definitely want to have a camera primed and ready to take some gorgeous photos along this super trip, especially as you pass by various landmarks like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock. The tour is fully narrated too, so you'll learn all about the history and unique geological formations of Pictured Rocks.

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3.Spray Falls Cruise

Spray Falls Cruise
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The Spray Falls Cruise from Pictured Rocks Cruises lasts for around two hours and fifteen minutes in total, which is a little shorter than the other options due to the fact that it makes use of a high speed vessel. The Spray Falls Cruise is also the most expensive option on the list, with an adult ticket costing $45.

This cruise follows almost the same route and takes in the same views as the Classic Cruise, but it also includes a trip to Spray Falls, one of the prettiest waterfalls you could ever hope to see. The falls drop down 70 feet in total, hitting the surface of Lake Superior as they land. Don't worry, you won't actually go under the falls or get splashed, but you will be close enough to enjoy some awe-inspiring views and snap some magical photos.

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4.Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise
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The Sunset Cruise, as the name suggests only occurs in the early evening as the sun is going down. This is one of the most exclusive cruise options from Pictured Rocks Cruises. It runs for two and a half hours in total and follows the same route as the Classic Cruise. It's also the same price, with adult tickets being priced at $38, children aged 6-12 paying $10, and any children aged below 6 just paying a dollar to ride.

The unique thing about the Sunset Cruise is the way the dying light of the day paints the colorful cliffs, caves, and beaches, in a whole new light. You'll be able to enjoy the Pictured Rocks from a totally new angle on this magical cruise, and many folks in Michigan will say you haven't lived until you've seen Lake Superior bathed in the early evening glow of a sunset.

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