Have you been to the UP? We fell in love on our first visit to this hidden retreat in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. As we continued on our UP Michigan Summer Family Road Trip from Pictured Rocks in Munising to Marquette, Michigan, we drove along the Lake Superior coastline. Lakenenland was the perfect place to run around and stretch our legs on our route!
A visual circus, Lakenenland is a FREE sculpture park located just 15 miles east of Marquette and easily accessible, right off the highway. Local construction worker Tom Lakenen has created over 100 sculptures made from recycled iron and metal, mostly from construction sites. The found scrap metal was often traded for a dozen donuts or a case of beer and transformed into art. From political to fun and everything in between, the immersive and interactive space is engaging and will spark conversation.
The park is free, although donations are accepted and open year-round, all day. Take a walk through the park or drive the half-mile loop.
Fun Fact: The Detroit Free Press called Lakenenland, “The coolest unofficial roadside rest stop in the state.”
Other Things to Know
- Porta potties
- Picnic table and pavilion
- Small playground area for kids to play with slides and merry-go-round
- Leashed dogs allowed
- Lots of fun photo opportunities!
Parking is available right when you drive near the trails’ beginning.
Admission is FREE for all. Donations are accepted.
- Lakenenland, 2800 M-28 East, Marquette, MI