Bring a good pair of walking shoes because there are a number of shops you’ll want to explore. With a downtown brimming with shops, four small malls, the Island is a shopper’s paradise. Shops can be found Downtown, Market Street, in many hotels and at Surrey Hill.
Mackinac is home to many lovely galleries featuring the works of Island and regional artists including Mary Lou Peters of Watercolors by Mary Lou Peters and Natalia Wohletz of Mackinac Memories. The Mackinac Arts Council also holds workshops throughout the season.
Mackinac Island’s many historic sites and museums make it easy for visitors to enjoy an in-depth look into the area’s background. History buffs are sure to marvel over Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes, which were captured by British forces in the War of 1812. Both forts are now open to visitors keen to delve deeper into the area’s past. Want to see Mackinac’s natural beauty? The State Park covers 80% of the island, and is filled with trails, paved paths and scenic views.
Biking on the island is a must! It’s the easiest way to traverse the islands downtown and lakefront, but also find your own path through the many paved pathways that cross the island. The perimeter tour has numerous stops for historic points of interest, and is 8.2 miles in length with extremely low elevation changes. Tour the island with pedal power!
Mackinac Island is so special. You have an Island where the automobile never replaced the horse and carriage. You have lodging properties where corporations never replaced family ownership. You have a Revolutionary-era Fort where the British couldn’t permanently replace Americans. You have fudge shops where box recipes never replaced our 19th Century recipes. You have a place to leave your routine, discover the rhythm of waves and horse-clops and a place that getting to is half the fun.
But An enormous part of Mackinac is the rich history that you’ll find there. Mackinac Island’s many historic sites and museums make it easy for visitors to enjoy an in-depth look into the area’s background. History buffs are sure to marvel over Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes, which were captured by British forces in the War of 1812. Both forts are now open to visitors keen to delve deeper into the area’s past.
The island’s golf courses provide the opportunity for golfers to enjoy one of their pastimes amid visually stunning landscapes. Whether as serious or light-hearted fun, golf is a relaxing, fun activity to partake in on Mackinac Island. Choose from these diverse courses, one of which is the oldest in Michigan, on the site of a battle in 1814.
Mackinac Island can be bustling with activity, and there are many things to see and do in groups and around town. But sometimes a quiet afternoon is just what the doctor ordered. Here are just a few of our suggestions on how to spend a quiet few hours, day, or weekend!
Mackinac Island can be bustling with summertime outdoor activity, and there are many things to see and do in groups and around town. But in the event the weather is less agreeable, there are a number of indoor options! Arrange for a horse drawn taxi to take you to one or more of these great destinations/attractions. And by all means, take photos during your rainy day.
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