Evening Star Motel in the center of it all

Evening Star Motel - Newberry Michigan Area Attractions

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Newberry Michigan Attractions
“In the Center of It All”

We welcome you to The Evening Star Motel. Our Newberry, MI Lodging offers a wide selection of vacation accommodations. We are situated in the heart of Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula and, “In the Center of It All”.

Our Newberry Michigan Attractions includes waterfalls, wildlife, lighthouses, zoos, and other points of interest.  There are also many great activities to partake in:  canoe, kayak, snowmobile, ski, UTV / ORV, and fishing - just to name a few.

Our location makes our lodging the perfect choice with easy and convenient access to:  The Upper Tahquamenon Falls, The Lower Tahquamenon Falls, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tour and Toonerville Trolley, Tahquamenon River Logging Museum, Garlyn Zoo, Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, Sable Falls, and the Seney Wildlife Refuge.

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Springtime Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park stretches over 13 miles and encompasses 50,000 acres. The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, with Niagara being the largest. Over 50,000 gallons of river water cascade over the waterfall per second (during the spring season, as seen in this photo). The beauty of this area is a must see when you are making your Upper Michigan travel plans.  A beautiful walking path leads you from the parking lot down to the falls.  There are viewing points along the way.  94 steps lead to the observation platform at the main viewing deck for the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park Website

Raging Lower Tahquamenon Falls

Lower Tahquamenon Falls

The Lower Tahquamenon Falls is situated just four miles downstream from the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.  Here there are many smaller waterfalls that cascade around an island. Boat rentals are available at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls along with a seasonal gift shop and concession stand.  These small waterfalls are very beautiful and many visitors love to wade in the water on hot summer days.  New to the Lower Tahquamenon Falls:  new bridge that connects from the boardwalk to the island, new walkway boardwalk on the island - so that all can enjoy!

Tahquamenon Falls State Park Website

Dean Oswald with bear cub

Oswald's Bear Ranch

The Oswald's Bear Ranch is the largest Bear Ranch in the United States of America. People come from all over the world to visit this one-of-a-kind  bear sanctuary.  Oswald's Bear Ranch has four habitats that allow visitors to walk the perimeters and watch these great live roaming bears. Raised platforms allow guests to have a barrier free view of the black bears. Family friendly and fun - you won't want to miss this!  Also, get your pictures taken with the cubs!

♦ Oswald's Bear Ranch Website

Toonerville Trolley on the Tahquamenon River

Tahquamenon Falls Boat Tours and the Toonerville Trolley

The Toonerville Trolley, an authentic narrow gauge railroad, takes you 5 1/2 miles through thick forest, the habitat of bear, deer, moose, gray wolf, and many types of birds. At the end of the train line is your first view of the Tahquamenon River, where the riverboat is boarded for a 21 mile cruise down the river to the rapids 1/2 mile above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

♦ Toonerville Trolley Website

Logging Museum Steam Engine display

Tahquamenon River Logging Museum

The Tahquamenon Logging Museum is located just one and a half miles north of Newberry Michigan.  The museum invites you to come and visit their establishment and explore the original buildings and memorabilia from lumberjack days of the past. Original C.C.C. buildings full of old photos, models and original logging equipment are all on display here at the museum. Guests can enjoy a real lumberjack's breakfast in the Authentic Cook Shack made over a wood stove with home made care and goodness.

Blue Heron in the Wildlife Refuge

Seney Wildlife Refuge

Comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes, the Seney National Wildlife Refuge is truly a great place to bring the whole family . Animals abound and thrive within the safe haven of this refuge. Trumpeter swans, turtles, geese, fish, eagles, osprey, deer, loons, moose, deer, and more will welcome your visit.  The Seney Wildlife Refuge is one of Upper Michigan top vacation spots with over 88,000 visitors per year.

Big Springs raft


Kitchitikipi is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring.  The early indians called it, "Mirror of Heaven".  It measures aprox 300 ft by 175 ft.  Ancient tree trunks and fish can be seen in the crystal clear water.  There is a raft that you can ride on that is human powered.  Kitchitikipi also called Big Springs is located North on M-149, 11 miles from US2. Kitchitikipi is Michigan's largest spring.

Miners Castle

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore spans over 15 miles of shoreline along beautiful Lake Superior. These sandstone cliffs range from 50' to 200' above the surface of this Great Lake.  Over 100 miles of scenic trails are located within the  Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area. This is an amazing Upper Michigan attraction that is located just over 1 hour from the Evening Star Motel.  

Cut River overlook

Cut River Bridge

The Cut River Bridge was built in 1947 and carries traffic on US 2 above and spans the Cut River Valley, 147 feet below.  Located between Epoufette and Brevort, motorist can park and take the long wooden staircase to the valley below.  This bridge is one of only 2 catilevered deck truss bridges in Michigan.  It is 641 feet (195 m) long and contains 888 short tons (793 long tons; 806 t) of structural steel.

GarLyn Zoo wolf exhibit

GarLyn Zoological Park

The GarLyn Zoo is home to hundreds of North American animals such as: whitetail deer, cougar, river otter, alligator, black bear, wolves, bobcat,  porcupine, and bison.  It is also a sanctuary to many exotic animals from around the world, wallaby, patagonian cavy, ring-tailed lemur, camel, reindeer, sika deer, sulcata tortoise to name a few. Started in 1994 on US-2 in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Just 6 miles east of Naubinway, only 40 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge.

♦ Garlyn Zoo Website

view of the Sable Falls

Sable Falls

Sable Falls is located just 1 mile west of Grand Marais, Michigan. Sable Creek provides the water source for this beautiful Upper Michigan waterfall. Take 77 North through Grand Marais and follow the signs. Once you have reached the parking area, there is a 1/2 mile walk to the falls. There are stairs at the falls to bring you along the side as it cascades through towards Lake Superior.

Whitefish Point light station

Whitefish Point

The Whitefish Point Light Station was constructed in 1861 during Abraham Lincoln's administration. Whitefish Point marks the eastern end of a notorious 80-mile stretch of shoreline from here west to Munising, MI, known as "Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast". There are near 200 shipwrecks in the vicinity of  of the Light Station and Whitefish Point. The 1975 loss of the steamer Edmund Fitzgerald with her entire crew of 29 has become a world-wide legend. The wreck of the Fitzgerald lies just 15 miles northwest of Whitefish Point.

♦ Whitefish Point Website

CrispPoint lightouse

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Located about fourteen miles west of Whitefish Point, Crisp Point was one of five Lake Superior U.S. Life-Saving Service Stations along the coast between Munising and Whitefish Point. It became operational in 1876 as Life Saving Station Number Ten, of the U.S. Life-Saving Service District 10 (it was later part of District 11). The other four Life-Saving Stations were Vermillion Point (now Vermilion), Two Heart River, Deer Park (formerly Sucker River Station and Muskallonge Lake Station) and Grand Marais.

♦ Crisp Point Website

Light Station in Grand Marais Harbor

Grand Marais Light Station

The Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse was established in 1898. It stands 55 ft in height and is currectly active. The keepers dwelling is now a museum and operated by the Grand Marais Historical Society. It is open to the public from June to September. To visit this light, please take CR 702 into downtown Grand Marais, proceed northeast aprox. 1/2 mile. The light can be seen to your right of the road before it ends at the old Grand Marais Lifesaving Station.

in the center of it all

Upper Tahquamenon Falls - 24 minutes
Lower Tahquamenon Falls - 25 minutes
Oswald's Bear Ranch - 10 minutes
Seney National Wildlife Refuge - 30 minutes
Kitchitikipi - 1 hour
Garlyn Zoo - 30 minutes
Toonerville Trolley - 20 minutes
Cut River Bridge - 50 minutes


Grand Marais Harbor Lighthouse - 1 hour
Sable Falls - 1 hour
Crisp Point Lighthouse - 40 minutes
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - 50 minutes
Manistique Lakes - 20 minutes
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - 1 hour
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum - 35 minutes
Tahquamenon Logging Museum - 5 minutes