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The beauty of Mackinac Island is in the State Park.

The action may be in town, but the beauty is in the interior of the island. The 8 mile road around... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michael M
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It is misleading if one assumes this Park is not much more than some forrest and natural settings... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lobstaluva
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The action may be in town, but the beauty is in the interior of the island. The 8 mile road around the circumference of the island is an easy bike ride with so much to see. Stop to build your own rock tower on the eastern side. Find "Is It You" on the southwest side. Visit the 300 year old cemeteries north of Fort Mackinac. Bike the many trails up in the interior of the island. That's where the beauty is. You'll have plenty of time for downtown action in the evening. See the Park.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is misleading if one assumes this Park is not much more than some forrest and natural settings in one area. Most of Mackinac Island is, in fact, the state park, so it is extensive and comprehensive. There is SO much to see and appreciate! It includes things like the Governor’s summer residence, Anne’s Tablet, Skull Cave, Marquette Park, Scout Barracks, Cass Monument, Dwightwood Springs, Arch Rock, cemeteries, forts and more. It would be wise to read a bit about the various points of interest and their historical importance to the island before going if possible. For example, Skull Cave was a hiding place for Alexander Henry, one of few Brits to survive Pontiac’s Uprising in 1763. Websites should have info. I think if one has a bit of knowledge about the history of the island and these sites ahead of time they will enjoy and appreciate everything much more. I wish we had done that.

1  Thank lobstaluva
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is where the Carriage Tours take you and you see lots of trees. Arch Rock is the only point of interest that we saw.

Thank Sandy817
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Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Mackinac Island State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to review. The Mackinac Island Carriage Tour takes you through a fraction of Mackinac Island State Park. Other areas that the tour didn’t take you by include Fort Holmes, British Landing, Sugarloaf Rock, most of M-185, most of the 70-plus miles within the park, and other natural and historic areas.

Again, thank you for taking the time to review.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area is beautiful. You can't beat the views of the Mackinaw Bridge and water. Enjoyed it very much.

Thank debbie m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in early October, hitting a cold and windy spell. Despite the cold, we planned to bike the perimeter, but the bike shop proprietor would not rent us a tandem, saying the winds make them too unstable. We appreciated his honesty. So we opted for the much more expensive carriage ride - is it worth the cost? Probably not, but unless you plan to hike several hours AND take a guidebook with you, this is the best way to see the island, learn some history, and be a bit entertained as well. We also hiked for a couple of hours, taking some picnic supplies we bought at the small market. Getting inland got us away from the winds and from the crowds which, despite it being October, were still there. Not summer crowds by any means. We would definitely urge anyone physically able to do so to do some hiking; most tourists likely never get off the beaten path. The woods are beautiful, and the trails plentiful and well-marked (get a map at the Visitor Center). After your hike, you will definitely feel you have "earned" your (mandatory) trip to a fudge shop.

1  Thank Flannery52
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a horse and carriage tour of the state park with a very informative guide! He chatted the entire tour about things in the park and the island. We made a few stops for some of the various places in the park. Very pretty area.

1  Thank Slick5276
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hiking or biking is the best way to enjoy Mackinac Island! The carriage rides are nice and some of the drivers are informative but your views are limited. If hiking or biking stopping to take photos is an option and changing your mind about what you want to see is all up to you! There are plenty of brochures and signs to give you touristy information.

1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

We walked the State Park while it was raining. It was a walk that we had walked before on nice days but with only a 2 night stay and rain in the forecast we decided to go for it because we had rain gear. We walked from down town up past Grand Hotel and got some cover at the Grand Hotel stables. The stables are a great place to visit. Many old carriages to look at. We walked over to Arch Rock in a steady rain. Well worth the walk rain or shine. There are restrooms there but it would be nice if they had a covered area to sit. We went down the stairs to the shoreline road and walked past Mission Point Resort back to town. A total walk of about 3 miles. It would be nice if there was a few more shelters along the way. A walk in the rain that we will remember.

1  Thank vette079
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Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

What a beiutiful little town...so perfect..so many photo oppertunities...so many horses!! Lots of flowers...the victorian homes are marvelous and OMG to look at.....lots of places to eat and a bit pricy...SO MUCH FUDGE!!!! Ok a must visit...and on a short note...be carefull where you step!...to many 'chinese' made tourist junk and t-shirts..

Thank Sal C
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This State Park is so beautiful! My husband and I rented bikes and rode the entire perimeter! Very easy biking (we’re in our 50s and 70s)! The views from all over the island are spectacular! We took our time, enjoyed being with nature, and made it back in less than 2 hours. I highly recommend the bike tour around the park!

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