Mackinac Island can be a lot of things to a lot of different people. From relaxing getaways to adventurous excursions, Mackinac features the elements that many personalities seek. This is no different for all the different types of dads out there. Below are five different dad types that love Mackinac Island.
The War Buff
Mackinac Island is rampant with war-time history. For the dads who appreciate war history, the Island is a must visit. Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes set the historic stage that takes you back to the War of 1812. Check out the historic buildings inside Fort Mackinac and interact with costumed interpreters who portray what life was like during the times.
Dads and golf go together like Mackinac Island and fudge. Mackinac Island offers a unique golf experience that novice to avid golfing dads will love. Grand Hotel’s The Jewel is split into two parts that requires a horse and carriage ride between nines. Then there’s the nine-hole Wawashkamo Golf Club, one of Michigan’s oldest active courses and located on a War of 1812 battlefield. And when it’s time to work on the putting game, hit Mission Point Resort’s 18-hole putting course, the Greens of Mackinac – a unique putting experience with 18 real bentgrass greens befitting a championship course. Oh, and don’t forget to swing by the Bistro on the Greens for a to-go cocktail to savor during your round.
There are no cars on Mackinac Island, which means dad won’t have to bust out any “settle down or I’ll turn this car around” warnings. Horses are a major mode of transportation on the Island due to the lack of motor vehicles. Dads with a cowboy twang to their personalities will love exploring the Island by horseback. Visitors can partake in saddle horse rentals, drive their own buggy, or enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride complete with a tour guide on Mackinac Island.
Seventy-plus miles of unpaved and paved trails and the fact the Island is nearly 80% state park present a rife mountain biking landscape. If dad is more comfortable on two wheels than four, Mackinac Island is a destination for him. Consider too that the Island is laden with unique geological features that are fun to explore by bike.
From the bountiful yardwork to work’s daily toiling, there are plenty of reasons why dads, like everyone else, just need to escape now and then. Mackinac Island is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in some peace and quiet, whether that’s sipping on a favorite cocktail while seaside, taking a well-deserved nap in a hammock (a reminder, overnight hammocking is not allowed on Mackinac Island), taking an early morning serene kayak trip, or just living schedule-free for a few days, Mackinac Island is ready for you.