Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City

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One of only six such parks in the U.S.at the time of designation in 2011~one of only ten in the world! Enjoy Emmet County's dark wilderness at the Headlands anytime of day or night, all the year 'round. Located 2 miles west of Mackinaw City in Northwest Lower Michigan, at the top of Michigan's mitten on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
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  • Make sure you go during the day to get the lay of the land before you plan to go sky watching, No Lights Allowed after dark. Landscaped outside theater for stargazing over the water. Wil absolutely ma...  more »
  • I was finally excited to be in Northern Michigan on a cloudless and moonless night. I had heard much about the park and we arrived early to watch the sunset. Unfortunately being in summer the sun was ...  more »
  • My 4 kids and I traveled to the Dark Sky Park on Sunday, July 16th in hopes of catching the Aurora Borealis. While we didn't get to see it from there, it was a phenomenal experience for all of us! We ...  more »
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  • Awesome place to visit. Very nice to see families spending time together with what God gave us free to view. However, they need to SERIOUSLY figure out a way to manage the volume of traffic & parking. If the parking lot is full you have to park in the back 40 so to speak across the road from the entrance. Problem is it is over a mile walk to get to the site in pitch dark! It could be only a matter of time before someone rounds a corner & potentially meets a bear with her cubs and disaster. We noticed the person suggesting to park across the road has no connection to the status of the parking lot having spaces or not and just telling people the lot was full when there were plenty of open spaces!!!! People come and go and they have no way to manage the available spaces. Then the person directing leaves and new people come, see the cars parked in the grass and just figure that's where you park with NO IDEA they are over a mile away walking in the dark to get there!!! While we drove out at midnight people were still coming to view and we stopped them and told them to go back and get their cars as there was PLENTY of spaces! They were VERY appreciative and I wish someone had done the same for us! They need to seriously figure this thing out. Such a nice park and new facility and the fact it is free is very nice. However.......😩
  • It was a bit cloudy when we went but it is very peaceful and beautiful. If you're in the area it's worth checking out. At time the roads are not paved so it might get a bit messy when there's rain. The water is very clean as well. However, this is NOT a beach. Just place to watch the night sky and in perfect conditions, the Milky Way.
  • This place is definitely worth the hike. We got to watch a thunderstorm roll in on the lake. The stars were beautiful and we could see everything. I am definitely going back.
  • This place is great. Wonderful views of the lake, amazing event center building with observatory. Highly recommend.
  • I was unable to see this place at night but during the day, it was beautiful. Pure Michigan! I will definitely return to try and catch the northern lights.

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