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Mackinac Island State Park

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Address: Mackinac Island, MI
Phone Number: 231-436-4100
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This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high...

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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Old Time Charm Without Feeling Touristy

Yes, it is a tourist destination, but when you are on Mackinac Island, you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The island is full of neat things to explore, such as the two... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yes, it is a tourist destination, but when you are on Mackinac Island, you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The island is full of neat things to explore, such as the two forts, the coastline, and the Grand Hotel (all by foot, bike or carriage, of course.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mackinaw Island has a lot of things to see and do. There is great fudge, an awesome fort to tour, and of course, souvenirs!

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Gaylord, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun place to bike, rollerblading or walking. Make sure you stay on track as you go around the path as someone might run into you. If you are not in shape it can be a long way around.

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Whitehouse, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a day visit to the island my husband and I used the map in the guidebook to walk the trails to many of the highlights, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf Rock, cave and fort. Some inclines and stairs but very well marked pathways. Could explore at our own pace and enjoy the non commercialized part of the island.

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice architecture to view but the streets are full of horse poop. St. Augustine and Disney use "bags" to catch the waste, Mackinac leaves it in the streets. It could be a beautiful place....I just don't get it.

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Summerfield, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mackinac Island is a must do vacation. It's beautiful and no cars or trucks. You can bike, take a horse drawn carriage, or walk. Picturesque barely touches the beauty of the island. Visit the Revolutionary Fort too.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mackinac Island has been a favorite family spot of ours since my husband first brought me here when we were dating--over 40 years ago. We almost cancelled our trip this year due to health issues and I am so thankful we didn't. Bike around the is.and, visit the Fort (both Ft Macknac and Ft Holmes for the best view of... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If there is one thing to do with the kids/teenagers, it's to rent bikes and ride around the island. It's 8.2 miles of absolute beauty, and an easy ride for everyone. It can be done in under an hour without stops, but we recommend you take a couple of hours and stop along the way.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed trekking through this park. Located just above Mackinac Island village, it is an easy bike ride or hike though and has great overlooks of the great lakes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the bike ride around or the carriage ride through. Very nicely kept. No fires no camping and no picking flowers. Rules according to our carriage guide.

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