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10 Unmissable Things to Do in Mackinac Island

A view down mackinac island main street with no cars

One of the pleasures of writing about a beautiful place is how much it inspires you to travel, and Mackinac Island is a prime example. Although under four square miles of land in Lake Huron, sandwiched between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula, I can guarantee you’ll want to go after reading this article for less than 30 seconds.

Aside from an abundance of things to do, Mackinac Island has banned motor vehicles. No cars have been allowed here since 1901, and locals and tourists get around by foot, bike, and horse-drawn carriages.

A view down mackinac island main street with no cars
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The latter is particularly popular with visitors and makes for an unforgettable experience on your trip. Small but perfectly formed, Mackinac Island is the ideal vacation spot – especially if you love the great outdoors, a peaceful environment, and a slower pace.

It also holds an interesting place in Michigan history, particularly with its connection to Native Americans, the American Revolution, and the fur trade.

With a soundtrack of Lake Huron’s waves and the clip of horse hooves, you can relax and recharge away from the trials and tribulations of life. Here is our guide to the best things to do in Mackinac Island, one of Michigan’s best places to visit.

Mackinac Island Bridge in SpringMackinac Island Bridge in Spring
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  • Landmark – Arch Rock/Mackinac Bridge
  • Park – Mackinac Island State Park
  • Free activity – Hiking around the island
  • Activity for kids – The Butterfly Conservatories
  • Activity for adults – Great Turtle Kayak Tours
  • Food – 1852 Grill Room
  • Nightlife – The Pink Pony
  • Place to stay The Grand Hotel

Things to Do on Mackinac Island

1. Visit Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac BuildingFort Mackinac Building
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One of the island’s most important landmarks, tourist attractions, and historic sites, Fort Mackinac is not to be missed. Dating back to 1780, the fort is a former military outpost, once occupied by the French and later the British. Today it’s where history comes alive.

Much more than a collection of old buildings, the fort offers a regular program of events, including parades, rifle and cannon fire demonstrations, drills, and more. A hands-on experience, you can learn what it was like to be a soldier in the 1880s.

Don’t miss the Fort Mackinac Tea Room for a delicious lunch with stunning harbor views. And pay a visit to the reconstructed Fort Holmes for breathtaking views from the highest point on the island.

2. Explore Mackinac Island State Park

a rocky archway and beach on mackinac islanda rocky archway and beach on mackinac island

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