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Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

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Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

We are heading to the island for a three night stay at the Grand hotel with our children (10, 10, 6, and 3). We are unfamiliar with traditions and the must-sees that the island and the lilac festival will have to offer. Any great restaurant recommendations are welcome too! We want to make the most out of this special trip in our "50 State tour".

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1. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

You'll get a lot of suggestions, but be sure to rent some bikes and do the ride around the island. You'll definitely want to put your 3 year old in a Burley or possibly a tagalong. Enjoy your visit to a truly unique place.

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2. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

Wow, 3 nights at the Grand Hotel! I'm pretty envious. I would definitely spend some time exploring the grounds of the hotel, it's something a lot of us don't really get the chance to. For an over view of the highlights of the island, many people take one of the horse drawn carriage tours. It makes a stop at a butterfly house (one of two on the island). You get back on at your convenience and then you can get off at Fort Mackinac near the end. Reenactors there show a few things about military life there in the 1880s, including firing a cannon. When you walk down the hill from the fort towards town, you'll run into the visitor's center where you can get more info. There are a few buildings of historic interest in the town. The town itself has many shops which would probably take a whole day in itself to browse. Of course, many restaurants can be found as well. A specialty of the island is it's fudge and there are several places to get this. Of course, renting a bike and circling the island is another favorite activity. There are at least a couple of places on the main street that can set your family up with bikes. If you've ever seen the movie "Somewhere in Time" , starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves, which was filmed here, there is a rock that marks the site of one of the movie's scenes located along the road that circles the island. See if you can find it. Before or after your trip to the island, it might be worth spending a couple of hours at Fort Michilimackinac on the mainland in Mackinaw City to learn about life in a British fort of the 1760s.

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3. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

DanielP made a lot of great suggetions!

I have been visiting the Island nearly every summer for over 25 years and recently we have been taking the grandkids. They love the bike rides (and we MUST include a stop at the CannonBall 1/2 way around the Island for a snack), the butterfly house and the Fort are two other great suggestions and I also highly recommend the carriage tours -- we usually take the private one instead of the larger one, but both are good!

Last summer an Art Museum opened that has great kids' activities, too.

Have a wonderful time!!

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4. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

The playground at the school, playground at Marquette park, public library and throwing rocks in the lake

if you have girls tea at the grand

Definitely a whole day at the grands pool

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5. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

The playground at the school, playground at Marquette park, public library and throwing rocks in the lake

if you have girls tea at the grand

Definitely a whole day at the grands pool

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6. Re: Visiting the island with 4 kids, need suggestions:-)

Those are all great suggestions that give me some direction! I appreciate it so much and look forward to our arrival :-)

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