Fall in Marquette is unlike anywhere else. Take in breathtaking views of Upper Peninsula fall colors. Relax under the stars and catch a celestial show without breaking the bank. Cozy up at a local brewery or coffee shop after the day’s adventures to spend some quality time with your travel buddies. And if you’re in the Halloween spirit, there are plenty of fun things to do in Marquette that will get your spine-tingling.

A couple hiking Mt. Marquette in autumn

Marquette Fall Colors 

Hike, bike, or drive your way through breathtaking hues and views. Stroll around Lake Superior, where shades of orange and red contrast beautifully with the deep blue water. Explore waterfalls with lush, colorful foliage. Go for a drive through tunnels of changing trees and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all of your autumn memories.

Sip A Cozy Drink 

Whether you’re looking to wind down and cozy up or fuel up for your next adventure, Marquette’s full of charming spots to sip and visit. Rare Earth Goods & Café is a hidden gem in the heart of Ishpeming. The café pulls double duty as an art co-op and features organic foods, local art, and craft beer alongside your favorite caffeinated beverages.

Or you could just chill at The Crib. This homey spot is the place to cozy up with a coffee, cocktail, glass of wine, or a cold brew. Stay awhile and play cards, listen to live music, or just sit back and chat with family or friends. 

Whether you’re taking in the colors of fall, searching for a rare phenomenon — celestial or paranormal — or looking for a place to hang with your best buds, Marquette has autumn adventures galore. 

Fall Haunts 

Ghost towns, graveyards, sanatoriums, and old orphanages are the perfect recipe for visitors looking for more chilling thrills as Halloween approaches. Besides fall festivals and activities, check out some of the local haunts rumored to be active with otherworldly energy.  

In Old Town Negaunee, you’ll find skeletal remains of a once-bustling mining town with nature reclaiming streets, stairwells, and sidewalks that lead to nowhere. Old Catholic Cemetery is little more than a sign and a path in the woods now since most of the tombstones were removed in the early 1900s. However, not all the bodies were found, and neighbors have reported commotion in the area. Rumors of activity continue to fly around Morgan Heights’ Sanatorium and Holy Cross Orphanage. Get into the Halloween spirit with these paranormal adventures

The northern lights over the Upper Harbor Ore Docks

All of the Lights 

Marquette, Michigan is one of the best spots in the continental U.S. to observe the famed Northern Lights. As Fall settles in, the nights get longer and darker. Low light pollution in the area makes for optimal viewing of this natural phenomenon. And since Marquette features 83-miles of shoreline on Lake Superior, you’ll have plenty of prime locations to catch them in action.