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Mackinac Island State Park

Mackinac Island, MI
231-436-4100
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks
Owner description: This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and... more » 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. « less
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St Louis, MO
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the second week of June, during the Lilac Festival. Everything was beautiful! The lilacs were in bloom everywhere, the smell was heavenly. There is a lot of walking, but it is all lovely. We enjoyed the old painted lady homes also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great place...enjoyed thoroughly...walked at own leisure and then went thru Museum/giftshop...lots to learn about

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Ludington, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

(The year on this review only goes to 2013 and has you pick a date, so that is why the date is picked.) (otherwise it was, a few years ago) and I was with my ex, and we went to the Island, it was way better then our first trip which was our honey moon. Let me explain, My luggage... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Mackinac Island is a paradise of nature and history. I recommend visiting the downtown and rent a bicycle and go on the trails on the island to visit Arch Rock and Fort Holmes where you have some history there and a gorgeous view of Lake Huron. Also you can visit historic Fort Mackinac and don't forget to taste the best... More

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Big Lake, Minnesota
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

What a wonderful place to take a relaxing 8 mile bike ride around the island, stop at one of the beautiful beaches and have a nice picnic. We rented bikes with kid carriers to tote our 3 & 4 year olds. They had a blast on the beaches chasing seagulls, playing with rocks.

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Mackinac Island is an island and resort area, covering 3.8 square miles in land area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Great pristine place with minimal pollution. Horse carriages, bicycles and a good beach!

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Flatwoods, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I really loved visiting here. We went in July of 2013 and it was 30 or 40 degrees. We also got there really early before everything opened and the streets were dead so we could walk around with my mother who isn't able to walk long distances. If you are able to walk there is an 8 mile course for... More

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Clearwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Fascinating island with many original buildings and the fort is really interesting. The history of the island is very interesting and it is worth the price to take a carriage tour with the carriage company. Go early and plan on staying late, you still won't see or learn it all. Great day and the kids had a lot of fun... More

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

No matter how you choose to get around the this place should be on everyone's bucket list. Beautiful scenery, good food, history everywhere, great trip back in time.

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Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Very quiet this time of year. Take the Arnold ferry they have free overnite parking. We arrived around 3, too late to take a buggy ride unless you rent a private buggy that goes for about $100 an hour. So we rented a bike and rode around the island. 8 miles . Very easy ride. Hotels and restaurants in walking... More

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