Sample Marquette with walking tour

Marcellino Signorelli

New and returning students alike are invited to join the Multicultural Education Resource Center (MERC) on their third annual walking tour of Marquette.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, students can show up at the MERC office at 3001 Hedgcock, where the tour will start. From there, students will be split into two groups as they both head toward business along Washington and Third streets.

Due to the large amount of students joining this tour in the past, one group will leave in a van to go to Aubree’s on Washington Street and their path will lead back to campus.

The other group will walk to Vango’s on Third Street to begin their tour and once they reach the end of their tour at Washington Street, a van will bring them back to campus. Both groups will have the same tour, but one will be in reverse order from the other.

“All of these businesses are locally owned and they are excited for our tour,” said A.J. Lara, MERC graduate assistant. “It’s great for people new to Marquette. Not just freshmen, but transfers, graduate students, or anyone who hasn’t gotten to explore and learn what’s within walking distance.”

The tour will end around 3:30 p.m. but if anyone has class, work or any other obligations, they can leave at any time. A few businesses along the route include Second Skin, Donkers and Snowbound Books.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn what local businesses have to offer, to provide a connection to the community and feel a part of the college town,” Lara said.

This event is free for students and many of the businesses will supply free samples.

Students should bring comfortable walking shoes, a friend and come hungry.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, email [email protected] or call (906) 227-1554.