Best Things To Do On Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Located in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsula’s, this resort island seems to be the perfect Midwestern escape. Whether a fan of history, nature enthusiast, a romantic at heart or looking for a family friendly getaway, Mackinac Island will delight your senses and lure you to visit over and over again.

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Serving as a military outpost (for British then American soldiers) and a home for soldiers and their families, the fortress now is headquarters for Mackinac National Park.

Explore Fort Mackinac

For an unforgettable experience, reserve your spot to fire the first cannon volley of the day at Fort Mackinac.

Cannon Firing

The reconstructed Fort Holmes sits at the highest point on Mackinac Island. The small, wood and earthen fort was constructed in 1814 by British soldiers during the War of 1812. Visiting the fort is free, but it can be quite the haul from downtown; biking or taking a carriage ride is recommended.

Explore Fort Holmes

Constructed by French soldiers in 1715, Colonial Michilimackinac served as a fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps, this site has more than 50 years of archeological excavations that continue today. Experience cannon and musket firings, tour the historic fort, special exhibits and visit with costumed guides.

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Visit Colonial Michilimackinac

Located in Marquette Park along Main Street, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum allows visitors to experience fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Art Museum

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The only way to get to the Mackinac Island is by boat. Shepler’s Ferry is located in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. For the best views of Mackinac Bridge, sit on the upper deck!

Ride Shepler’s Ferry

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