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THINGS TO DO IN MICHIGAN

Mackinac Island


About the City

Only eight miles in size, Mackinac Island is a great place to go if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads; cars are only allowed on the main highway of Mackinac Island. People get around by walking, riding bicycles or riding horses, which means you'll be able to meet tons of new people who are from all walks of life. You'll love the quaint city of Mackinac Island, which is why we recommend you hop onto a ferry or get a plane ticket to go there.

About the City

Only eight miles in size, Mackinac Island is a great place to go if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads; cars are only allowed on the main highway of Mackinac Island. People get around by walking, riding bicycles or riding horses, which means you'll be able to meet tons of new people who are from all walks of life. You'll love the quaint city of Mackinac Island, which is why we recommend you hop onto a ferry or get a plane ticket to go there.

Activities

Hop in a carriage and get a tour of the island

Go on a guided or unguided tour around Mackinac Island in a carriage. This experience offers you with a stunning view of the island, with the tour lasting an hour and a half. You can reserve a carriage with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Jack's Livery Stable, Grand Hotel Stables and more. Or if you're good at horseback riding, you can rent a horse and go riding around the island.

Taste a helping of fudge

See fudge made in action at the fudge stores scattered throughout the island. The fudge shops on the island make over 10,000 pounds of fudge a day, so you won't be able to miss out on this popular dessert. You'll love meeting all the kind staff who are experts at what they do.

Get a massage

Need to relax even further on the island? Visit one of the island's spas and feel your worries melt away as your body is given a rejuvenating treatment. You can also get your nails done, so you'll look even more nice in your vacation pictures.

Go golfing

If you're looking to play a round of golf, we recommend you visit the Grand Hotel's The Jewel Mackinac golf course. This golf course is unique because, between each hole, you can ride a horse-drawn carriage to get across the course. Though, there are still golf carts available if you prefer that.

Activities Cont.

Rent a bike and go on a night ride

Mackinac Island is a wonderful adventure when visiting at night. You'll be able to see the stars clearly and enjoy a calming stroll on the boardwalk under the moon. If you rent a bike, you can experience all of the island at night at a much faster pace.

Go kayaking or parasailing

Explore the island's many rock formations, lighthouses and wildlife via a kayak tour or parasailing across the island. Some of the animals you might be able to see include: trout, bats, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, yellow warblers and mallard ducks. Or take a swim in the water to cool off from the sun.

Get a caricature done of you

Make memories by getting a cool caricature done of you. Find something to smile at by having someone draw you as an exaggerated cartoon.

Learn about blacksmithing

Watch blacksmiths like the ones at Benjamin Blacksmith Shop forge horseshoes, hinges, fireplace tools and more! You can also learn about the history of blacksmiths being on Mackinac Island.

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Our experience touring the island

The trip to Mackinac Island will always remain a lifetime memory of Michigan's landscape beauty. The trip took my wife and I about 5 hours from our home state but the driving speeds of 75-80 really cut the travel time short. The beauty of the Michigan landscape and the numerous rest stops along the way contributed greatly to a most enjoyable relaxing stress free trip.

-Rick B, TripAdvisor

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Fun Time

We were on the Island the first full week of October for two days. We rode our bikes around the Island. We had a lot of fun just biking all the paths we could find. The color was fantastic. Some of the shops were already closed along with some of the restaurants. We still found things to do

-redwhiteblue123, TripAdvisor

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A Must

Walking around the state park on Mackinac island is a must. Beautiful area with amazing views! I suggest renting a bike for a couple hours to bike around the whole island and then walk around on the interior.

-Cristi Payton, TripAdvisor

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