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Paradise Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce

Regardless of the Season, Wouldn't You Rather be in Paradise?


Local Attractions

Paradise, Michigan was founded in 1925 and is situated on the western shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay just north of the Tahquamenon River mouth. After a major fire swept through the Whitefish Point area in 1922, blueberries moved in and became a staple for locals and visitors alike. Today, Paradise is the Wild Blueberry Capital of Michigan and the gateway to the Tahquamenon Falls State Parks.

Paradise offers something for everyone in every season. It is a magnet for rock hounds, beach walkers, maritime enthusiasts, bikers, hikers, bird watchers, snowmobilers, four-wheelers, fishers, boaters, campers, canoeists, kayakers, photographers, and nature lovers. For every season, wouldn’t you rather be in Paradise?

In spring, Whitefish Point is a mecca for birders. It is on one of the busiest migratory flight paths in the world. The Whitefish Point Bird Observatory hosts workshops and an annual Spring Fling, attracting bird-watching pros and novices alike.

From May to October, visit the acclaimed Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. View the power of storms on this lake as you stroll through a history of their wrath on the shipping industry, including the tragic story of the Edmond Fitzgerald, the cargo ship whose story was made famous in the song by Gordon Lightfoot. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is where you can see the ship’s bell, retrieved from an underwater expedition by the museum and National Geographic to the wreck, at the request of the families of the victims.

In May, visitors to the Point enjoy a quieter experience, strolling along the agate-strewn north shore of Lake Superior. The Paradise area features miles of beaches, rivers, and trails. Before you get into town, pull over at the public access just north of the Tahquamenon River. This turnout is part of the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Here, a sandy beach is steps from your car door and kiosks help guide your stay in the area. One of the most visited natural sites in Michigan is the Tahquamenon Falls. Both the upper and lower falls are dramatic examples of Michigan’s beauty and are visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Summer in the Whitefish Point area is known for wild blueberries, and the entire town of Paradise pitches in to host the Wild Blueberry Festival in August. This family fun festival takes place at the Whitefish Township Community Center overlooking Whitefish Bay.

Hiking, biking, four-wheeling and kayaking are all favorite pastimes in the summer. Miles of off-road trails abound and hikers can explore the North Country Trail, which winds through the area.

Fall color is not the only reason to visit the area. Like spring, fall is a quieter time and visitors can truly enjoy the solitude of the area. Do not miss your chance to see fresh cranberries being sorted at the Centennial Cranberry Farm. And the fall migration brings birds and birders alike again to the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory .

Get to places you can't get to in summer! Paradise in winter is a top destination for snowmobilers, but it's also tops for quiet winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Rent equipment from a local merchant and hit the trails!

Don't miss an opportunity to see Tahquamenon Falls in the winter -- its unique ice sculptures are fantastic and just a short walk from your car or snowmobile.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Paradise

Regardless of the Season, Wouldn't You Rather be in Paradise?

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