Do a self-guided tour of the old fort, dating back to 1780. Walk through 14 original buildings, watch regularly scheduled rifle and cannon firings, and get great views of downtown Mackinac Island.
$11 admission for adults, $6.50 for children
Stop by one of many bike shops on Market Street and get a self-guided biking tour map along with your rental. The tour takes you to a number of the key attractions on the island including Littlestone Church, Grand Gold Course, Governor's Residence, Island Cemeteries, Skull Cave, Sugar Loaf, Arch Rock, and Fort Mackinac. Additionally, bike the 8 mile loop trail completely around the island.
Up the hill a little bit, and just to the west of the Fort Entrance, Trinity Church is a handsome 19th century structure that has been the scene of many of "perfect" Mackinac Island wedding. It is also a year-round church for a year-round community on the island.
Built in 1882, Trinity features a dark wooded interior that is occasionally lit with shafts of light from outdoors. It must be a cozy place in winter!
A few of the hotels on Mackinac have pools, but if yours doesn't, don't sweat it. You're surrounded by water, after all! However, there are dangerous currents in the Straits of Mackinac (most notably at Windermere Point - there is a large warning sign posted). If you are looking for a nice place to swim, head out of town to the north or south. There are lots of "beaches" along the way, though beware - LOTS of rocks. There are no sand beaches on the island. The water is usually a little on the chilly side, but if you've been out bike riding or wandering the streets downtown, it feels fantastic!
Mission Point Resort has a new nighttime activity for all ages: glow in the dark putt-putt! The holes, tee offs, and golf balls all luminesce. It is a bit pricey, but it's worth it. Even if you're a seasoned putt-putter, chances are you'll like this version, just because it's a very different experience.
This is the place that can keep you hopping from one fun activitiy to the next - if you allow it! To completely relax might be a challenge but it is worth it.
Breath...the aromas are all around. The flowers. The fudge and sweets, fried foods and cookouts. The horses...'nuff said! (Personally,I love it, but it can be overwhelming right in the middle of town). Out and around the Island - in the woods, after a rain. The Lake that surrounds you.
Listen...the clatter of hooves, happy sounds of children on their bikes as they pass the B and B. The silence of the woods at the top of the Island at dawn.
Rest...feel the healing power. Be restored.
There are some older type homes from 1920's-50's, and some newer ones to see. The unique architectural styles are what is unique. The home with the dome top was burned to the ground recently-but being rebuilt. My brother's mansion is hidden behind trees-but it is a huge 9000 square feet home with many special woodworking and inlaid wood and much stained glass. It has 5 bedrooms, and 5 baths, plus rec room, greeting room, sitting room, etc.
The fort was formed in 1715 by the French who traded from here for decades. They built a sturdy fort and it stood to meet the needs of the trappers and people that came through the area to trade pelts and buy goods. In 1761, the French gave the fort over to British in the settlement of the French and Indian War. By 1780 the British decided that the wood fort walls were too vulnerable, so then built the fort on Mackinac Island.
The fort in interactive and displays the every day living of the times back then with exhibits and actual activity of cooking and living life. Cost to enter is $10 and open 9-5 daily
The history is fabulous and a much needed bridge for decades. It finally got completed in 1957 and ended up being 1846 feet long with two large bridge spans in the middle. The top of the towers is 552 feet. Total length of the bridge is about 5 miles, and cost each way is $3.50. The water depth at the bridge is 220 feet. There are an average of 4.2 million people cross the bridge yearly. In good traffic backup, if may take about 30 minutes to go end to end
This site is 3 miles north of St. Ignace and we did not stop, but it looks like a nice place to spend some money. The feature is the large gift shop. You can climb the 20 0feet to the top of the rock and see Mackinac Island and region of the Lake Huron.
Cost to go up is $1.
This is the other side of tourism and shopping. There are a string of shops and also motels to stay in during your time in the area. It can get crowded and parking is a problem in the peak season. One of the main features here is the pick up and for the boats going over to Mackinac Island
This fort is a very nice tour for 2-3 hours. It has some interactive areas teaching the history of the fort and the region, as well as historical activities and events and displays of actual life in those old days. It was established before the Revolutionary War and lasted until 1895. During that time, it defended the north intrusion to the US, but also was lost in WAr of 1812, and continually added on and configuration changed to modernize.
Cost of the tour is $10.50 per adult and the price is a good value in my opinion. It also allows you to go into the Biddle House, the Blacksmith shop and McGulpin house; all good sites to view. These are period houses from the mid 1800's that are well preserved and depicts the times of those who lived then.
It is a huge hotel and from the 1887. They have taken good care of it and many people come to the island just to recollect the old days when they were here years before. The hotel is basically unchanged. Cost to enter is $10-so hope you enjoy the 15-30 minute view of the inside, if you go.
There are many shops to buy things along the main street and they all want you to drop by. Trails and horseback rides take people along the rim of the water line for daily ventures. Alternative ways to get around the town is horses and carriages, but they will cost more than your footwear.
The first scent that will hit you as you arrive to the island is that of warm chocolate: fudge, to be exact. The island (and the mainland, now) is dotted with fudge shops, all selling unique flavors that lure you in. Many shops actually make the fudge right in front of customers, and it's often worth it to step in and just watch the process of folding and cooling (and maybe trying some of the endless free samples they hand out). These shops also sell other types of old-fashioned candy and ice cream, including the famed Mackinac Island Fudge flavor, so if you're craving something sweet, this is the place for you. Fudge is one of the things the island is famous for, so you really don't want to miss out.