Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. The population was 21,355 at the 2010 census, making it the most populated city of the Upper Peninsula. Marquette is a major port on Lake Superior, primarily for shipping iron ore and is the home of Northern Michigan University. The city of Marquette averages about 148.9 inches (378 cm) of snow per year, making it the third snowiest city in the contiguous United States as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2012, Marquette was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS Money Watch.
Parks, sports and recreation:
The city of Marquette has a number of parks and recreational facilities which are used by city and county residents. Presque Isle Park is Marquette's most popular park located on the north side of the city. It includes 323 acres (131 ha) of mostly forested land and juts out into Lake Superior. The park was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the same Olmsted that designed Central Park in New York. Amenities include a wooden band shell for concerts, a park pavilion, a gazebo, a marina, a concession stand, picnic tables, barbecue pits, walking/skiing trails, playground facilities, and Moosewood Nature Center.
The city has two popular beaches, South Beach Park and McCarty's Cove. McCarty's Cove, flanked by the red U.S. Coast Guard Station lighthouse on its south shore, serves as a reprieve from hot summer days, where city and county residents alike take advantage of the cool, but tolerable, water temperatures and the cooling effects of the lake-generated sea breeze. Both beaches have picnic areas, grills, children's playgrounds and lifeguard stands. Other parks include Tourist Park, Founder's Landing, LaBonte Park, Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Park Cemetery, Shiras Park, Williams Park, Harlow Park, Pocket Park, Spring Street Park and Father Marquette Park. There are also numerous other recreational facilities located within the city. Lakeview Arena is best known for its use as an ice hockey facility, but it also hosts a number of public events. Gerard Hailey Memorial Baseball field home of the Marquette Blues and Reds. A skateboard park is located just outside of the arena and open during the summer. Lakeview Arena was home to the Marquette Electricians and Marquette Senior High School's Redmen hockey team. In 1974, the arena replaced the historic Palestra, which had been located a few blocks away.
Marquette has the largest wooden dome in the World, the Superior Dome – unofficially but affectionately known as the YooperDome. (The second largest, located in Japan, is just one square foot smaller.) During the football season, the Dome is used primarily for football on its newly renovated astro turf field. The turf was installed in July 2009. Northern Michigan University holds its home football games in the Dome, as does the Michigan High School Athletic Association with the upper peninsula's High School football playoffs. The dome also hosts numerous private and public events which draw in thousands from around the region. The Marquette Golf Club has brought international recognition to the area for its unique and dramatic Greywalls course, opened in 2005. The course features several panoramic views of Lake Superior and winds its way through rocky outcroppings, heaving fairways and a rolling valley, yet is located less than two miles (3 km) from the downtown area. Marquette also has an extensive network of biking and walking paths throughout the city. The city has been gradually expanding the paths and has been promoting itself as a walkable and livable community. Cross Country ski trails are also located at Presque Isle Park and the Fit Strip. Camping facilities are located at Tourist Park. Live theatrical productions are provided through Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre and Black Box Theatre, Marquette's Graverate School Kaufman Auditorium and Lake Superior Theatre, a semi-professional summer stock theatre. The combination of hilly terrain (a 600-foot (180 m) vertical difference from top to bottom) and large area snow falls makes downhill skiing a reality on the edge of town.
Marquette is served by American Eagle and Delta Air Lines out of Sawyer International Airport with daily flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis, as well as Traverse City, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Marquette is served by a private transportation bus system called the "MarqTran" that runs through the city and to nearby places such as Sawyer International Airport and Ishpeming. Marquette has freight rail service by the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad. The Canadian National Railway also serves nearby Negaunee, Mich.
Museums, galleries, lighthouses:
The Marquette Maritime Museum is located along the Lake Superior shoreline near the U.S. Coast Guard Station. The museum is open during the summer season and offers an extensive collection of maritime artifacts involving the maritime history of Marquette. Tours of the historic Marquette Harbor Lighthouse are also available; and just to the north of Marquette, the Big Bay Point Light is operated as a bed and breakfast. The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum is located along Baraga Avenue. Those familiar with Marquette's past will recognize the former Bunny Bread sign that is located on the outside of the building. The museum features hands-on exhibits for children to learn and have fun doing so. The museum is open year-round. The Marquette County History Museum features many exhibits and artifacts of Marquette County's past. The museum includes a library and gift shop and is open year-round. The DeVos Art Museum is the art museum at Northern Michigan University. The Oasis Gallery for Contemporary Art is an ongoing project of the Marquette Arts Council.
- The City of Marquette is served by the Marquette Area Public Schools. The district is the largest school district in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, with about 3,100 students and 420 Faculty and Staff.
- Marquette Senior High School, Grades 9-12 (Marquette Area Public Schools)
- Bothwell Middle School, Grades 5-8 (Marquette Area Public Schools
- Graveraet Alternative High School (Marquette Area Public Schools)
- Cherry Creek Elementary (Marquette Area Public Schools)
- Sandy Knoll Elementary School (Marquette Area Public Schools
- Superior Hills Elementary School (Marquette Area Public Schools)
- Vandenboom Child Development Center (Marquette Area Public Schools)
- North Star Academy (Public Charter School)
- Father Marquette Elementary School
- Father Marquette Middle School
- Crossroads Christian Academy
- Marquette is home to the Upper Peninsula's largest university at just under 10,000 students, Northern Michigan University.