Houghton Tourist Attractions
Houghton is located within the Keweenaw Peninsula, this area provides opportunity for four-season outdoor recreation. Houghton is also home to Michigan Technological University.
Seaman Mineral Museum (temporarily closed)
Michigan Technological University's A. E. Seaman Mineral is the official "Mineralogical Museum of Michigan" and a charter Heritage Site for the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The museum's mission is to preserve minerals to educate and inspire future generations. Its vision is to be a dynamic museum of national prominence. The museum is known for its premier collection of Lake Superior copper district minerals, especially crystallized copper, silver, calcite and datolite. These are complimented by many superb specimens from North America and around the world. Since it's inception in 1902, the museum has been devoted to mineral science education and exhibition of fine mineral specimens. Some 5,500 are currently on display, and the museum's collection now totals over 26,000 specimens. Thus, the museum plays a unique role in interpreting Michigan's mineral heritage by continually adding new specimens and creating exciting exhibits and programs.
Isle Royale National Park
The Isle Royale (area 432 sq. mi.) lies in north-western Lake Superior near the Canadian frontier. Its varied topography, shaped by Ice Age glaciers (with many lakes, streams and fjords), its dense deciduous and coniferous forests and its rich wild life (elks, wolves, foxes, otters, ospreys, herring gulls, falcons, trout) attract many visitors to this relatively unspoiled tract of country, which can be explored on waymarked hiking trails and boat trips.