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Thumbcoast on a Dime: 15 Things To Do for 10 Cents or Less

Discover the hidden treasures of Michigan’s Thumbcoast without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or a visitor eager to explore, our guide to 15 activities for 10 cents or less will help you discover the best of this scenic region on a budget. From charming small towns to stunning natural landscapes, there are plenty of affordable activities to enjoy.

Photo’s: Starting top left, Butterfly House in Port Austin photo by Brittney Quinn, the Plaza at McMorran, Sprout City, SC4 Experience Center, Blue Water Trolley

  1. Blue Water Trolley – Climb aboard this narrated 1 hour tour of Port Huron with 51 points of interest. Cost: 10¢
  2. Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park – Michigan’s largest known collection of early Native American teachings carved in stone. Free admission, no DNR Recreation passport required.
  3. Outdoor Concerts – Attend a free outdoor concert throughout all of our shoreline communities.
  4. SC4 Experience Center – Explore the natural science museum, bird and mineral gallery, or other hands-on exhibits. Free admission.
  5. Huron County Nature Center – Walk the wilderness arboretum year round or attend of their many nature events including bird walks and the Lady’s Slipper Festival. Free admission.
  6. Sanilac County Historic Museum & Village – Take a self-guided tour of the properties 17 historical buildings including the Loop-Harrison Mansion from 1872. Free admission on the grounds. Donations Accepted. Guided tours start at $5 per person.
  7. Scallywag Scavenger Hunt – Go on a self-guided pirate-themed scavenger hunt within 1/2 mile of the Blue Water Bridges in Port Huron. Free of charge.
  8. Butterfly House – Experience the colorful butterflies in the lush surroundings of Port Austin for a serene and peaceful moment. Free admission.
  9. Thomas Edison Depot Museum – Visitors can explore Thomas Edison’s life, inventions, and connections to Port Huron at this interactive waterfront museum. Free admission in 2024.
  10. Huron Lightship – Tour the last operating lightship on the Great Lakes in Port Huron. Free admission in 2024.
  11. Carnegie Museum – Explore the revolving exhibits including largest ship model collection in Michigan. Free admission in 2024.
  12. Pine River Nature Center – Visit the ADA accessible nature center and tree house along the forest, prairie, and wetland habitats. Free admission.
  13. Sprout City & Super Slide – Tube down a super slide or play at a child-sized ADA accessible city. Free admission.
  14. St. Clair County Birding Trails – Explore nature’s avian wonders at 21 birding trails.
  15. Bridge to Bay Trail – Traverse the 50-mile trail by cycling or hiking, which follows scenic shorelines and passes through charming communities.

Explore the natural beauty of Michigan’s Thumbcoast by visiting our website and browsing our comprehensive visitor guide in the link below. Stretching along East Michigan for 140 miles, our guide is the perfect resource for discovering beaches, restaurants, water trails, and other attractions to ensure an unforgettable visit. Start planning your ideal Thumbcoast adventure today!

Article by Katie Stepp, Marketing Manager at the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau – Discover the Blue Michigan’s Thumbcoast

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