There is nothing quite like the Mackinac Island experience; a vacation with no automobiles, waking up to the gentle clip clop of horse and buggy, travelers enjoy leisure carriage tours, butterfly conservatories, fudge tasting, hiking, biking and trail riding through Mackinac State Historic Park .
Built in 1780, Fort Mackinac attests to Mackinac Island’s important place in American History; the John Jacob Astor Museum celebrates Mackinac Island’s fur trade and its importance in Great Lakes History, the Tower at Mission Point Resort explores the maritime history of our region within the context of America’s creation, Grand Hotel is the architectural icon of the Island, while Surrey Hills Antique Carriage Museum speaks to Mackinac’s historic horse culture.
Mackinac Island offers outstanding dining, shopping, arts, architecture and nightlife. Resorts, hotels, historic inns, bed & breakfasts, apartments, condominiums, town homes and home rentals offer the amenities travelers have come to expect from economical to extravagant.
There are three separate ferry lines that offer service from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island.
Horses, History & Hospitality
Nestled in the straits of Mackinac where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet, Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark. Because Mackinac Island prohibits automobiles, all enjoy leisurely horse drawn carriage tours, trail riding, biking, hiking or walking.
Mackinac Island State Park
To ensure the Island was protected over a century ago, 80% of Mackinac Island was preserved as on of America’s first national parks and in 1895 became Michigan’s first state park. It includes Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes which were used during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The downtown historic buildings reflect the rich era of America’s Fur Trade in the early to mid 1800’s. The boreal forest showcases its many limestone formations and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy over 70 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
Spend the Night
Some say you have never experienced Mackinac Island fully until you spend the night. The sound of waves, freighter & ferry foghorns and seagulls are showcased amidst the ever present clip clop of horses on this historic island. Join us. Mackinac Island offers over 40 places to stay ranging from economical to extravagant.
Mackinac Island Attractions
Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Inc., is the oldest and largest horse and buggy livery in the world and the official tour of Mackinac State Park. Enjoy the narrated tour through the historic downtown, the carriage museum and Mackinac Island State Park. Horseback riding, Drive Your Own Buggies, Bicycle Rentals, Butterfly Conservatories, Historic Museums, Art Galleries, Catamaran Sailing, Parasailing, Fishing Charters and more offer the travel an abundance of sightseeing options.