Mackinac Island State Park, Mackinac Island

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In the quiet setting of Mackinac Island State Park, without a single car in sight, visit several historical buildings and sites. More than 80 percent of the island is a nature park, featuring open ocean views and dramatic geological formations. Cross it by foot, by bike, on horseback, or by horse-drawn carriage (no automobiles allowed). You'll have the chance to visit caves such as the Devil's Kitchen, the Skull Cave, and the Cave of the Woods. Other stops of note: a battlefield, a church, a dormitory for Native Americans, and numerous exhibits. To visit Mackinac Island State Park and get the most from your holiday in Mackinac Island, create itinerary details personal to you using our Mackinac Island itinerary maker.
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  • We only spent the day here with our kids and I would not recommend more than two. The kids enjoyed the horse ride and touring around a bit, but other than that, we felt this area is nice for couples w...  more »
  • I found out about Mackinac Island after looking through a local bus tour company brochure, ran the idea by my wife, showed her some pictures, and it was definately a go. The ferry ride over from Macki...  more »
  • My husband and I was loved the park, very clean and well kept. The trees and views was something to see. A must visit way up North. 
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  • Beautiful views everywhere and very peaceful!! We had a great bike ride and explored many parts of the park on foot. There are lots of places to stop along the water and swim (it's mostly rocky though - very little sand - water shoes would be a great idea to pack). We saw many different bird species as well. There is an ice cream/refreshment shop about 1/2 way along the bike ride, bathrooms about every 2 miles. You could easily spend an entire day exploring. It is something you must do when visiting the island.
  • One of the most unique spots in Michigan. I and a few others spent a day here. We took a Star Line ferry to the island, then rented bikes. Rental places are interchangeable -- prices vary little, and all bikes are of the Dutch variety (3-5 speeds, pedal backwards to brake). Our ride around the island was the highlight of the visit. We stopped at Arch Rock (lots of stairs to climb), Devil's Kitchen (bizarre rock formation), and a few beach spots (beaches are pebbly and the water impossibly clear). We got pizza for lunch and ate at the nearby harbor. Then a modest uphill walk took us to the Governor's Summer Residence, Fort Mackinac, the Grand Hotel Stables (now a carriage museum), and ultimately the Grand Hotel itself. This place could hardly be more touristy, but it's well worth a visit nonetheless.
  • Beautiful park. Definitely would come again. There are some marvelous views to be seen and a nice little ice cream shop on the trail, not to mention the abundance of stores on the main road. As a cyclist, this place was basically heaven. An island where cars aren't allowed is probably the greatest place on earth.
  • Visiting for Australia and this tour was on my bucket list and was not disappointed it was a joy from beginning to end ,the houses ,homes and atmosphere just enchanting I took over 600 photos and wished could have stayed longer.The staff on the island were well informed and polite I could not recommend Mackenac enough.
  • It's wonderful to visit a place that prohibits cars! Most people walk or ride bikes around the island or you can choose to take a tour by horse drawn carriage, if you prefer. If you visit Mackinac Island be sure to buy some fudge! Soooo delicious! Everything is well marked and as historically preserved as possible. We caught one of the late ferries back to the mainland and we were treated to see the Mackinac Bridge from the underside! Very cool and highly recommended. Is the island a tourist trap - sure but there's a lot of history there if you take the time to see it.