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Mackinac is filled with things to see. From historic sites and rolling landscapes to the quaint downtown dotted with bicycles and horses, there is something to see around every corner of the island. With a circumference of just 8.2 miles, you can walk or bike to every spot. Stop along your walk to skip stones at the water’s edge. Take in a natural rock formation or watch the boats slide silently past. Whatever you choose, make Mackinac your island.

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Explore by Foot

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.

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Explore by Bike

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!

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BICYCLES

Bikes will take you to all the islands more distant reaches. British Landing, on the northern side of the Jewel is a perfect spot for a break and a quick bite. Trek to the island’s airport, and watch the planes take off and land. Find the bluffs, and take photos facing the Mackinac Bridge. And take and share memories, using the hashtag #mymackinac.

Mackinac Island Fudge Shops & Fudge Making

The island is filled with the sweet delicacy of fudge, in dozens of flavors. Shops use recipes that have been passed for generations—so you’ll need to taste them all to determine your favorite. The shops also offer other confections, so don’t stop at the fudge! Chocolate covered strawberries, pulled taffy, candy corn, and more are waiting for you in the Island’s fudge shops. Make our Island yours, and use the hashtag #mymackinac when taking photos of fudge and fudgies (the makers and paddlers of the fudge.)

Fudge Making

How to make fudge on Mackinac Island

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All Things Horses

The island’s horses are beloved, by the residents and visitors alike. You may take a horsedrawn taxi to or from your destination, or rent a horse to see the island’s trails atop the back of a new friend. There’s even a carriage museum where the carriages of yesteryear can be viewed and photographed. Getting married? Rent a carriage to transport you to your reception location! Document your equestrian journey with the hashtag #mymackinac.

Walking Tours

The island’s small size makes it perfect for walking tours. Visit historic buildings by foot, as most are located in a cluster within the fort or downtown. Walk the bluffs for the island’s best views. Or go in and out of shops along the island’s Main and Market Streets. Capture photos of your journey! #mymackinac

Your Mackinac Island by Water

Whether you want to charter a cruise under the bridge or just sit at the water’s edge and watch the boats silently pass, there is plenty to do in an around the water. Skip stones as you walk the 8.2 mile perimeter of the island. Sit near the Visitor’s Center and watch the sailboats docking. Or rent a kayak or paddleboard, and see the island from the water itself! No matter what you choose, document your adventure and use the hashtag #mymackinac.</span/

Mackinac's Rich History

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.

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Golfing Mackinac

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.

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Quiet Time on the Island

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!

For A Rainy Day

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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Mackinac Island Lodging and Accommodations

Mackinac Island has over 1,500 unique lodging rooms. This is an Island where there are no franchise hotels. Our Island is full of one of kind, family owned and award winning properties.

The Island’s full digital capabilities will always keep you in touch with the real world if you must. Inside each Mackinac Island accommodation, relaxation and business have a respectful and professional relationship.

The Island’s highly trained and courteous professionals want to make sure your stay is as comfortable and accommodating as possible. When you step onto our Island, you step into a world of hospitality and courtesy that harkens back to gentler, golden days.

Those days begin when you choose where to stay.