Downtown Mackinac: Something for Everyone

Published on July 14th, 2017

Last updated on October 27th, 2020



From shopping to eating to enjoying the sights, downtown Mackinac Island has something for everyone.

For the foodie:

Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining or your sweet tooth is craving some fudge, your culinary wish is our command. The island boasts nearly 50 restaurants ranging from family friendly to fine dining.

For the shopper (window or otherwise!):

While there are several areas on the island where you can shop, the downtown shopping district includes many unique, specialty shops that cater to all. Whether you’re looking for clothing, jewelry, toys, souvenirs or art, you can find it and more in downtown Mackinac Island.

For the nightlife lover:

Just because the last ferry of the day has left the island, it doesn’t mean it’s time to wind down for the night. Whether it’s the sound of big band, folk, rock, country, jazz or blues, many of the restaurants and pubs on the island host live music. Or maybe the sound of waves, foghorns and the clip clop of horse hooves is more your speed. Whatever your style, there’s plenty to do after the sun sets. Bring on the night!

For the adventurer:

Downtown Mackinac Island is the perfect place to start your island adventure. Hop in a carriage, rent a bike, saddle up on a horse or head off on foot to beautiful spots like Arch Rock, East Bluff or Fort Mackinac. The island also boasts three 9-hole golf courses as well as an 18-hole putting course.

For the historian:

Mackinac Island has a rich cultural history. One of the must-see spots for a history buff is Fort Mackinac. Constructed on the southern bluff of the island, the fort overlooks Marquette Park and served as a working fort for 115 years. While it now serves as a historical landmark, the fort is suspended in time as you hear cannon blast and rifles firing and see costumed soldiers giving you a sense of the rich history.

For the relaxation junkie:

Maybe your visit to the island is an opportunity to unwind – well, you’ve chosen the right spot. Take a book and head to Windermere Point or Marquette Park to take in the views and get some peace and quiet. There are several spas on the island to kick your relaxation into full gear with a massage, facial, body treatment or much more.


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