School’s Out and It’s Time For A Visit To Michigan’s Crown Jewel


School is [hopefully] officially out for the summer and it’s time to plan the perfect family getaway to your favorite freshwater destination, Mackinac Island. A unique family getaway spot for years, Mackinac boasts plenty of island fun for all ages centered on history, adventure, and of course plenty of outdoor fun. YOUR SCHEDULE YOUR RULES […]

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Mackinac Island nightlife: 5 things to do after dark


Thousands of people visit Mackinac Island each day during tourism season. They take in the beautiful sights, explore the island’s historic attractions, taste the world-famous fudge and enjoy relaxing bike rides, leisurely strolls or horse-drawn carriage tours in a place unsullied by the automobile. Then, many of them hop on a ferry back to the […]

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Plan Now for the 70th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival


Experience The Scents and Sights of Mackinac Island’s Ten Day Lilac Festival Beginning June 8 and ending with the Grand Parade on Father’s Day (June 17), thousands of visitors will flock from far and wide to Northern Michigan’s picturesque Mackinac Island for the island’s 70th Lilac Festival. The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival brings people together […]

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Play 2 one-of-a-kind golf courses on Mackinac Island


There are 15,000 golf courses in the United States. Yet, only one involves a mile-and-a-half, horse-drawn carriage ride between nines. And only one is laid out on a battlefield where American soldiers died in a failed attempt to wrest control of the Great Lakes from the British. Both of those courses are on Mackinac Island. […]

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Explorer’s guide to Mackinac Island: Cave of bones and more


More than 250 years ago, Fort Michilimackinac came under attack during Pontiac’s War. Under the guise of a lacrosse game, a coalition of Native Americans invaded the fort and routed the British who controlled it. Twenty people were killed, some of them scalped alive. The fur trader Alexander Henry fled. Henry was friends with the […]

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Mackinac Island: Bicycle capital of the world


The Netherlands is the so-called bicycle capital of the world, with upwards of 20 million bicycles for a population of 17 million. That’s more than one bike for every person. By comparison, in the United States there’s only one bike for every three people. But there are some places in the USA, like Mackinac Island, […]

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Historic Mackinac attractions now opening for the season


After a long winter, spring is emerging on Mackinac Island and ferry services have resumed regular shuttles from the mainland. Many of the island’s shops, restaurants and lodging accommodations are opening for the season. Now, here comes one more sign that Mackinac is stirring back to life. Staff at Fort Mackinac will blast a cannon […]

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