Port Huron & Blue Water Area
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:00 am
Along the eastern shores of Michigan lies a collection of communities that are boastful about the color blue. 140 miles of shoreline unites the quaint towns of the Blue Water Area which is anchored by the City of Port Huron, proudly named the Maritime Capitol of the Great Lakes.
Port Huron is perched on the edges of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. With admirable depths, the waterways show off incredible colors of cobalt, turquoise and sparkling sapphire. Pleasure boats, sail boats and fishing boats alike enjoy the broad river and open lake, cruising amidst immense ocean freighters. Green parks, boardwalks and wide beaches bordering the shorelines entice visitors and locals to lounge along the water and breathe in the natural beauty.
Though an attraction all its own, the crystal blue water is not the only attraction Port Huron has to offer. Boating events, summertime festivals and concerts bring laughter and entertainment to the beautiful shores. July brings thousands of spectators to join the fun during Blue Water Fest, a weekend celebration that kicks off the world's largest freshwater sailboat race, the Bayview Mackinac Race. The City of Port Huron is the starting point for the race with Mackinac Island as the finish line. New to Port Huron in August, the city will play host to the first time event, the Port Huron / Sarnia International Off shore Powerboat Race. Catch all the action as explosive powerboats thunder through the St.Clair River.
A bustling farmers' market is featured every Tuesday and Saturday at Port Huron's Maritime Center at Vantage Point and on Sundays, search for treasures at the arts and crafts market. The Maritime Center is one of the best spots for boat watchers to view 1,000 foot Great Lakes and Ocean freighters traveling along the St. Clair River. The center is always a whirlwind of activity, home to the World Headquarters of BoatNerd.com, the most widely-used website for Great Lakes maritime information.
Port Huron's five-star marinas are located in the heart of town and welcome vessels with superior and friendly service. Feel free to dock, then head out to explore the town. Many of the best establishments are within walking distance. Catch a bite to eat at a cozy café or unwind at a waterfront restaurant. Charming shops and art galleries line the street of the historical downtown district.
The roots of this area have grown from maritime lore. Port Huron keeps its history alive with numerous maritime museums and artifacts. Experience the captivating nautical stories by climbing aboard the "Bramble", a retired Coast Guard Cutter or tour the "Huron" Lightship, the only lightship remaining on the Great Lakes. View the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Michigan's oldest working lighthouse and learn how many ships have followed its beacon to safety.
Tour the city on land the old fashioned way...by trolley! For a mere dime the Blue Water Trolley will chauffeur you to over 40 points of interest. A popular stop, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum, tells the story of Edison growing up in the City of Port Huron. The Huron Lady II cruise boat offers a sightseeing tour by water. Enjoy the local sites from beyond the shore and bask in the impressive sight of the magnificent International Blue Water Bridges. Take it easy on the region's beautiful sandy beaches and delight in the gorgeous views of Lake Huron or hit the greens for some golf at the area's most challenging courses. Stroll the numerous boardwalks throughout the city where you'll watch the world go by and everyday worries wash away with the tide.
The city of Port Huron is proud of its true blue water. Come, enjoy our water, enjoy our town.
Stay for the day or spend the night and wake up to a dazzling sunrise. Port Huron and the Blue Water Area invite you to come "Discover the Blue...shores of Eastern Michigan."
For more information on Port Huron and the Blue Water Area, visit www.bluewater.org.