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

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 around you and witnessing…

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Welcome to Grand Hotel 🐢 - it only took me 2.5 months to post this photo, but here we are in all my sun-kissed glory. ...

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I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. 🍁 ...

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15x12” “112 Years of Spring Love and Lilacs” If you look close you may notice the wedding couple and then the MI Governor’s Mansion in the upper left.
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Summer is here and there are very few things we can do in the current situation. Cycling around the Mackinac island was an awesome way to spend the weekend! This beautiful island in Northern Michigan is rich with historic landmarks, nature trails and a cycling route along its entire deep blue and turquoise coast! Would ya’ll love to cycle around and breathe in the fresh air too? Let us know in the comments!!
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On the easel today “Glorious Morning” 16x20 oil. Zoom Painted with friends davesink claudiabdesign boxcar9snaps a fun 3 hours thanks.

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A vibrant aerial perspective of our little slice of Heaven! 💙

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What tropical far flung destination is this? 😍😍 It’s Mackinac Island in MICHIGAN. This is Lake Huron! THE MIDWEST .. if you don’t know, you do now! 😍 ...

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Welcome to Friday! The Sun is Up on mackinacisle
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Mackinac Island! What paradise looks like!
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Spooky Season has reached the Island ...

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Sunrise on Mackinac Island. Don’t miss it.
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8x6” Tip: Sometimes it is a simple as choosing a different angle on favorite subjects. Hot off the easel.
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Fort Mackinac still overlooking our #puremichigan Island gem❄️
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Just your daily dose of summer views of the Mackinac Island shoreline. 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Plein air piece of Mackinac Island not painted today!😆 “Colors After a Little Rain.” 12x8” Sometimes inclement weather can bring out beauty... I remember waiting for a storm to pass and this garden in front of The Island House struck me in contrast with dark blue sky. Time to set up the easel!
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Fresh off the easel. Classic view of Mackinac Island’s East Bluff at sunrise.
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Stay bundled Mackinac! Pure Michigan weather! ☃️ ...

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Our shores recently were graced with blocks of blue ice!

Blue ice forms when snow on top of the ice is compressed and squeezes out all of the air bubbles increasing its density. This process allows the ice to absorb colors, resulting in vibrant chunks of blue ice. When the light hits the ice, especially on a bright Michigan winter day, the sight is chillingly beautiful.

Blue ice may be a rare find but it’s common to see here in the Straits of Mackinac. Let’s see how long the blue ice will stick around! #mymackinac #lakehuron
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Arch Rock....#puremichigan #puremittigan #michigan #mackinacisland #thegreatlakestate #archrock #northernmichigan #islandlife #mackinacislandlife #mackinacstraits #mymackinac #upnorthmichigan #upnorth #makeitmackinac #greatlakes #lakehuron #travelmichigan #michigan_wanderlust #bikemichigan #hike #hikemichigan #kayaking #michiganunsalted #puremidwest #michiganmoments #naturephotography #capturingmichigan #michiganoverboard #mustbemichigan #summerloving ...

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Not sure why it took me so long to make it U.P. here....🗺
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