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Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

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Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Looks like there may be some rain this weekend. Any activity suggestion in case of bad weather?

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1. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

For adults, teens, or small children?

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2. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

For middle aged adults that sometimes act like teens.

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3. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Most of the bars on the island are indoors...I suggest sampling as many cocktails in as many bars as possible!

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4. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

If you follow deadhead's suggestion, I love the Cupola Bar at the very top of Grand Hotel. It has a tremendous view of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. It is quiet during the day and has entertainment in the evening.

The new Tower Museum at Mission Point is worth a visit, and maybe checkout the interiors of the 19th century churches. Or a visit to the Grand Hotel Spa.

But the Island loses most of its luster when the weather turns bad.

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5. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Take a carriage ride to the Woods and do some duck pin bowling. Oh and have a few drinks too while you're there.

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6. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Visit the museums--Stuart House is right downtown and very worthwhile. There are also carriage museums (Surry Hill, Grand Hotel) and a museum in the basement of Ste. Anne's.

Also, Fort Mackinac---especially their additional buildings included in the ticket--indoor interest.

The "Butterfly House" and/or "Wings of Mackinac" are both worthwhile. The first is behind Ste. Annes, the second is at Surrey Hill.

All Surrey Hill attractions are included in the Mackinac Island Carriage Tour ticket.

Carriage tours take place in covered carriages, you can take a private tour (make arrangements at Marquette Park) or the the standard tour (make arrangements near the Arnold Dock).

If you are there on Monday night, there is a movie at Mission Point Theater. Check at the Tourism Bureaufor which film will be available.

Art Exhibits at the Murray Hotel, Mackinac Island Public Library, and at the Grand Hotel are also worthy indoor pursuits.

If you are in a spa treatment/massage mood there are several available besides the Grand Hotel. The Lilac Tree Hotel has one connected with it, as does Mission Point Resort. All of the spas are open to the public.

Also---weather forecasts can be deceiving. Even if it shows rain on the weather map headed toward the island, oddly enough the weather changes in the straits---and the rain often heads 'north' at the bridge. It rarely rains all day on the Island, sometimes a few hours in the morning or evening are all that the Island receives.

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7. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Try dinner or lunch and cocktails at the Pub-Oyster bar across from the Straits Transit dock. Good food, cool bar, and some great micro-brewed beer.

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8. Re: Suggestions for activities in case it rains?

Thank you everyone for you wonderful suggestions. We just got back and had a great time no rain! We did some of the suggested activities and had time to relax in the sunshine. The Island has been slow this year according to all staff members we asked. Mission Point is only 60% full for the 4th holiday. We did a bike ride on Friday morning and we were amazed at the small numbers of bikers as compared to our last visit. It seemed to pick up on Saturday so hopefully they will have a good holiday turn out. Thanks again for your help!

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