Things to do on Mackinac Island

Way back in the middle of the 1800s, famed writer William Cullen Bryant remarked about Mackinac Island’s “delightful” summer climate with “agreeably cool” nights and daytime heat tempered by the surrounding water. Still, as picture perfect as the Island’s weather is, sometimes it does rain. And when it does, there are unique ways to spend the day including magical butterfly conservatories, museums of art and culture, working blacksmith shops and a vibrant downtown with one of-a-kind stores and attractions.

Benjamin Blacksmith Shop

Originally built in the 1880s, Robert Benjamin and later his son, Herbert, ran a blacksmith shop into the 1960s. The contents of the shop were moved to the reconstructed building…

Caricatures!

NOT OPEN FOR 2020 SEASON. Hand drawn Mackinac memories that are fantastic fun for everyone! Find us in the Lilac Tree Mall!

Forge a Memory Blacksmith Shop

Drop-in or book an appointment. Forge your own blade. Choose a drop-point or recurve tip. An employee will grind, shape, polish and seal the blade. Leave with your handmade knife…

Grand Hotel Porch

Come visit this National Historic Landmark and everything the hotel has to offer. Sit in a rocking chair looking out to the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac. Non-guests of…

Haunted Theatre

Not a theater of movies, But a Haunted House of three dimensional monsters. Within these halls you will encounter horrors of the past…Artist’s conceptions of Monsters from Mackinac’s History. This…

Island Bookstore

The Island Bookstore began as a small antiquarian store with a small retail space above Doud’s market over 40 years ago. Today they have two locations (only one on the…

Little Stone Church

Little Stone Church, a Congregational Church located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, welcomes both residents and visitors to Sunday worship services. Although it is known as Little Stone Church, the official…

Mackinac Island Taxi

Radio dispatched horse drawn taxis available 24-hours a day, in season. Standard fares per person.

Mackinac Old Time Photography

CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON. Mackinac Old Time Photography offers classic time period themed portraits. Fun for everyone and one of the best souvenirs to take home with you! You will…

Maze of Mirrors

Experience the amazing as you find your way through this fun filled, life size maze of mirrors and glass. A unique and amazing experience like none other. Fun for all…

Movies at Mission Point Resort

Mackinac Island has a rich tradition of filmmaking from Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks. Enjoy their eclectic selection of classic and new movies in the Mission Point Theater. Movies are…

Original Butterfly House & Insect World

This 1800 sq ft tropical garden is filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents and is the 3rd oldest live butterfly exhibit in the United States.

Richard & Jane Manoogian Art Museum

The newest museum on the Island comes by the generous contributions of Richard and Jane Manoogian and showcases Native American baskets to present-day paintings. It’s a three-level structure that focuses…

See the Island by Horse

Mackinac Island is home to a beloved horse culture. Visitors can explore the island by horse in numerous ways - on a narrated group tour, private carriage tour, guided trail…

Surrey Hills Carriage Museum

An antique carriage museum that features a working blacksmith shop, Surrey Hills lets you explore and learn about carriages. Three shops offer food, gifts, and souvenirs. There is a picnic…

Visit the Downtown Watering Holes

Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory

CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON. All ages can enjoy seeing hundreds of tropical and native butterflies beautifully dancing among lush plants, water fountains while sitting and taking in the gorgeous scenery…

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