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Mackinac Island State Park

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Mackinac Island, MI
+1 231-436-4100
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Have been to the island 3 times,both summer and fall. A great experience for all ages. When... read more

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Very crowded

We took the boat to Mackanac Island, but were amazed at the hoards of people there. It was like an... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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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Reviewed yesterday

Have been to the island 3 times,both summer and fall. A great experience for all ages. When younger, walked all over the main town, Fort, etc. Have been on 2 carriage rides and they were educational and enlightening mainly due to the carriage drivers and...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the boat to Mackanac Island, but were amazed at the hoards of people there. It was like an exploded anthill. The stores all sell the same junk, and with prices starting at $9 fir a hot dog, bring your own food. Most everyone...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed yesterday

Most of the island is a state park. All of Mackinac Island is worth viewing. I really didn't know when the park ended and the public land began, except for seeing houses. All of the island is good, just enjoy!

Thank pickierthanpretty
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I rented bikes for a few hours and spent the day riding in and around the island's state park. Despite our age and our not being regular riders, this was a great ride---relatively flat and easy peddling. We seemed to opt the...More

Thank trojans
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have taken the carriage ride through three times and each time it is quiet and a tranquil place. Good conversation and friendly.

Thank savacu
Reviewed 4 days ago

One thing that many people fail to do when going to Mackinac is explore the state park! They are missing out! There are so many beautiful trails and hikes. If you and your partner/family are looking for somewhere to get away from the hustle and...More

Thank Allison L
Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked through this park and it had amazing views. There were many opportunities for pictures through the trails or by the water.

Thank gottalovepink
Reviewed 6 days ago

Make this part of your tour - not to be missed - the park is broad and encompasses much of what you will find in your bike ride.

Thank Justin H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited the island with a group of friends. I had heard about the Grand hotel and the horse buggy ride. Took Shepler's ferry from the Mackinack City which was pretty good with friendly staff. We decided to have a lunch at the Grand Hotel as...More

Thank Neelamvdo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the rich history of the park. The park was beautiful and well maintained. Great place for a picnic. The enjoyable ferry ride to the island was just the start of my wonderful experience. Enjoy!

Thank Crystal W
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Brenda K
July 17, 2017|
Response from Crystal W | Reviewed this property |
I traveled the island by carriage but there were plenty of tourists on bike. There were many places to lock up your bike if you wished to hike a trail. Hope this helps.
Susana R
July 12, 2017|
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Response from MillerTyme2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring your dog(s) to the island and the bikes are allowed also. You might want to check each hotel or B & B for pet policies, as some do not want pets. Try Lilac Lodge on street across from the docks. Try the... More
July 1, 2017|
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Response from Nolegirl92 | Reviewed this property |
You certainly can swim, but not sure how warm the water ever gets (we live on Lake Erie and the water in MI is MUCH colder). But you can research that based on when you'll be there. Just don't expect sandy beaches--it's all... More