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Mackinac Island State Park

Address: Mackinac Island, MI
Phone Number: 231-436-4100
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical geological formations. With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you’ll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac. Whether visiting this island parkland by foot, bike, horseback, or carriage, these many majestic geological wonders and unique historical monuments are visual treasures found only here—on the island sacred to the Ojibwa and Odawa Great Lakes Indian tribes. According to them, this is where life began. You’re invited to discover why.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Beautiful scenery! Overlooks Lake Huron & Lake Michigan, smooth paved road on lakeshore passes by cliffs, woods, cedars, b&b's and more.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I've gone here a few times. The whole island is like traveling through time. Make sure you rent bikes and bike around the island. Its beautiful. Ferry tickets are about $20-30.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A day on Mackinac Island is plenty of time to ride the eight mile trail that circles the island, comb the beaches for shells, taste multiple varieties of fudge from every Fudge Shoppe on Main Street, enjoy a lovely lunch on a patio overlooking Lake Huron and stroll through the all the shops.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went to Mackinac Island for the first time in June and it was wonderful. Lots of people said we would be bored after the first day, but I think those people must not have spent much time exploring all the island has to offer. Seriously, get off the main paved paths, and hike the smaller, dirt paths. We rarely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The park was so beautiful during the summer months, everything was green and the weather was perfect. We rented bikes for the day and rode around the island stopping to enjoy the view and take photos. It was quite the experience for our family. Also, the island seems to cater most to families.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This state park was really cool. There were several cool biking trails to explore the forest. Fort Mackinac made an appealing sight, but unfortunately I lacked enough time to visit it. Be sure to come here!

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Lansing, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The best part of coming here is the ferry ride, which is beautiful. On the island, once you have seen the fort, which is very interesting, there's precious little else to do. Street after street of gift shops (all selling the same stuff), fudge shops and overpriced eateries are not my idea of a good time. We took the carriage... More 

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Bridgewater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The best way to see the park - which occupies about 80 percent of the island -- is by bike. Lots of diverse scenery and easy to ride trails.

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Quincy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The half marathon went through the state park and it was a beautiful and challenging place to run! Plenty of shade and hills.

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Marietta, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My girlfriend and I vacationed in the area from Ohio August 18-21, 2014. It was well worth the drive. Taking in the natural beauty of the island is a great way to spend the day. There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the island so we took our own bikes, but if you do not have the ability to bring... More 

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