Anytime you find yourself thinking wistfully about the No. 1 Best Island in the Continental U.S., just bring up a Mackinac Island web cam to get a soothing dose of peaceful beauty. You can get a look at what’s happening right now on Mackinac Island through web cams located in at least four places:
- The Mackinac Island web cam at Horn’s Bar looks down on Main Street from the roof of the downtown restaurant across from Mackinac Cycle at the Star Line ferry dock.
- The Mackinac Island web cams at Chippewa Hotel also offers a real-time glimpse of downtown with views both to the east and west on Main Street, as well as a look out toward the water. The Chippewa also has a web cam looking down Main Street east of town as it passes Marquette Park and the marina on the way toward Island House Hotel, Bay View B&B and Ste. Anne’s Church. You can even see the gorgeous cottages on the East Bluff.
- The Mackinac Island web cam at Mission Point Resort on the southeast corner of the island overlooks the property’s Great Lawn full of Adirondack chairs, with the water beyond and Round Island Lighthouse in the distance.
- The Mackinac Island web cam at Windermere Hotel on the west end of downtown looks out over the Doghouse restaurant at Windermere Point, where you can see ferry boats coming and going in the water and Round Island in the background.
Reasons to View Mackinac Island Web Cams
Of course, a web cam is no replacement for actually visiting Mackinac Island and feeling the lake breeze, smelling the sweet scent of world-famous Mackinac Island fudge and hearing the quaint clip-clop of horse hooves. But there still are lots of good reasons to check out a Mackinac Island web cam every now and again:
- Feel a part of the buzz – Horse-drawn carriages and bicycles and boats, oh my! Through Mackinac Island web cams, you can watch people milling around, see carriages and bicycles go past and catch ferry boats arriving and departing. You can feel a part of the Mackinac Island scene!
- Get a sense of the crowds on Main Street – Especially if you live within a few hours’ drive or flight from Mackinac Island, you could be here by sunset. Maybe you prefer a quieter visit with fewer people on the streets. Or maybe you like to join the hustle and bustle of a busy day (and a hoppin’ Mackinac Island night on the town!). Either way, check out a Mackinac Island web cam to see how many people are enjoying downtown today.
- See what winter on Mackinac Island looks like – Mackinac Island has been car-free for over 125 years. Yet, something you’ll notice right away when watching a Mackinac Island web cam in the winter is snowmobiles whizzing by and parked on the side of the street. You’ll also see horses and people because the Crown Jewel of the Great Lakes is not just a tourist destination. Mackinac Island is a year-round community with some 500 residents.
- Treat yourself to serene beauty – Sometimes your life can get pretty hectic. Peering into a Mackinac Island web cam to see the calming blue waters and imagine yourself relaxing in a waterfront Adirondack chair is a wonderful way to slow down and relax!
- Admire the mighty Mackinac Bridge – From the web cam at the Shepler’s Mackinac Island ferry dock in Mackinaw City, you can see traffic drive over the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s two peninsulas on the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
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