Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station

Activities & Attractions in Mackinac Island, MI

Are you in need of a true vacation getaway this year? How about a nice quite locale with no cars, crisp, clean air, and few distractions? Then you'll want to schedule your trip to Mackinac Island. And, no, they really don't allow cars on the island! Traffic on Mackinac Island is limited to horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and foot. This quiet little island is nestled between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas and is surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lake Huron. With a plethora of memorable historic and natural treasures, Mackinac Island is just the setting for a romantic couple's retreat or for getting in touch with the kids again.

If there are no cars allowed on the Island, how in the world do you get there? Well, you have several options. You can park your car on the mainland in Mackinac City in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan or Saint Ignace in the Upper Peninsula. From here, ferryboat service is available to the historic Island. Ample parking is available at all ferry docks.

Of course, quiet relaxation is the main focus on the Island, but there's also a wide range of activities to keep you busy while you're here.

  • Bicycling is a popular mode of travel and exercise on Mackinac Island. The 8-mile lakeshore path provides the perfect setting.
  • Be sure to take in a carriage tour. Since cars aren't allowed to intrude on the beauty of the Island, there's no better way to visit the history of the Island than by horse-drawn carriage.
  • Fort Mackinac is a must see if you'd like to get a good taste of Mackinac Island's history. The fort was constructed by British soldiers during the American Revolution.
  • Great Turtle Tales is a walking tour that highlights the history of Mackinac Island.
  • For a fun, energetic family event, take time to see Mackinac Magic. This grand illusion performance creates magical memories which last well beyond your vacation.
  • Wings of Mackinac showcases the magical flight of free-flying butterflies amidst a lush, green garden conservatory.
  • A stop at the Mackinac Island Butterfly House offers both beauty and tranquillity as more than 500 butterflies from around the world flutter about.
  • For older kids, The Haunted Theater offers up chills and thrills.
  • Great Turtle Park, located on the island offers a glimpse into the Native American history of the area.
  • Return to the car for a day trip and explore The Shipwreck Coast Museum in nearby Paradise, Michigan.

Exquisite as well as simpler dining experiences abound on Mackinac Island as well. With everything from the very basic pizza to fresh lake catches and seafood, you're sure to find more than you could possibly sample during your stay!

From the moment you step foot onto the small Victorian Isle, until the moment you depart, you're enveloped in a quiet calm that is unparalleled. Mackinac Island is versatile enough to serve as a romantic backdrop for couples as well as a great place to bond with family.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in a day. We scheduled the museum for our last day along with the boat ride through the locks at sou saint marie. We were unable to go on to the mueseum and get there before it would close. We just planned too much for that last day. But it is on our list for the first day on our next trip!
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-- Wanda E. Wheeler - Alamo, TX
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours - Mackinac Island
The tour was excellent. The information about the island is not to be forgotten. You could get off the coach and spend as much time looking at things as you wanted.
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-- Linda Beckner - Milwaukee, WI
Wings of Mackinac Tropical Butterfly Conservatory
This was a fun activity to experience. Never done something like this before and recommend it to everyone.
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-- Amanda
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