The second day of our trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was spent going to see the Tahquamenon Falls. We were blessed with the opportunity to review the The Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tour and the Famous Toonerville Trolley to be able to see the falls in their own private viewing area.
The complete tour is 6 1/2 hours long. You start the tour by getting onto the Toonerville Trolley and take that for 2 miles on an 24 inch gauge railroad which is the only one in the country!! The train goes through swampy water, open fields, and very thick woods. There have even been bear sightings from the train, but none the day we were there.
While on the train they gave each of the kids a scavenger hunt for the trees along the way, it was a fun way to learn about different trees that grow in the area and be able to spot them along the way.
After you are through the train ride you get on board the Riverboat for a 2 hour trip down the Tahquamenon River. During the tour down the river they tell you all kinds of history of the river, the boat, and let you know of any upcoming wildlife that may be out for the day. These tidbits of information really make the trip something you cannot find anywhere else.
I was amazed at the fact that all along the river as long as it was there was not very many houses at all. All but a couple of them the only way you could get to was with a boat because there were no roads to get to them. The Upper Peninsula is so much less populated then the lower peninsula of Michigan and our trip surely showed us that!
In the lower level of the boat they have an area you can eat any food you have brought along with you or you can purchase your lunch or drinks from the kitchen and enjoy eating lunch as you go down the river. I was very happy with the selection of food they had available for the kids they even had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids which you don’t find at most restaurants.
Once the boat is all the way down the Tahquamenon River they have a private dock you get off at and then you walk about 5/8 of a mile down their path that has bridges and walkways all the way down to the private viewing area of the Tahquamenon Falls. Just the walk in itself was a beautiful nature walk!
Once you get to the falls they have made a stair way down to the falls so you get a very nice close up view of the falls. On the way down you see the huge rocks along the walls.
The amazing view of the falls from the private viewing area.
The conductors of the train even let the boys sit in their seat and toot the train horn, which of course any little boy would LOVE!!! This was how everyone working there was, just amazing and so friendly!!
Head over to the The Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tour and the Famous Toonerville Trolley website to find out what dates and times they have available to take your own tour down the Tahquamenon River and then visiting the Tahquamenon Falls. This is one tour you won’t want to miss while visiting the Upper Peninsula of MI!
The rates for the 6 1/2 hour tour are as follows:
Youth age 9-15: $29.00
Children age 4-8: $20.00
Children age 3 and under 3 are FREE
Disclaimer: Me and my family were provided with free tickets in exchange for my review of The Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tour and the Famous Toonerville Trolley. All opinions stated are those of myself or my family. I was not required to write a positive review and was not compensated in any other way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.