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“Fly like an Eagle”

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
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Owner description: A reconstruction of a mill from the 1790s, Historic Mill Creek is a functioning sawmill.
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48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fly like an Eagle”
Reviewed August 11, 2011

Historic Mill Creek park is a "new" attraction in northern Michigan. It was discovered in 1972 and opened to the public in 1984. It is a pretty spot, just outside Mackinaw City. There are a variety of nature trails, a comfortable little theater and a small museum that tell the story of the Mill and, the highlight, is a zip-line that lets your soar through space in the beautiful north woods. I am recovering from back surgery and simply watched my wife enjoy her flight; but a young lady with a broken back(!) took the zip-line and made a safe landing. Next year, I'm doing it, too.

Visited August 2011
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Fort Wayne
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2 reviews
“Well worth a half-day visit!”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We (adults= $8.00) took teenagers ($4.75) and one toddler (free) to this quiet, clean, and informative Discovery Park with it's paths, old mill, playground for the little ones, and small museum and store. The teenagers participated in the Adventure Tour for a small extra fee of $7.00, I believe, which gave them an experience of walking on a "swinging bridge", zipping down a zipline and climbing a rock wall! The people at the mill, dressed in the time period, give a demonstration of how the mill was run, 'back in the day!' Very relaxing and can be done in a couple of hours.

Visited July 2011
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hudsonville, mi
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great for teenagers but not for young kids.”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

Couple of places to see, but not very much here unless you do the more expensive adventure hike with the zip line. Not a place young kids would like.

1 Thank kotravel1
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troy, MI
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75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“A gem, but could be better.”
Reviewed August 17, 2009

First, don't forget the DEET or bug spray. Get your hair, neck, Tshirt, legs.... and again. The deer flies, and skeetos are abundant - if you are going hiking. The $7 adventure is well worth it, even for the ones who don't like roller coasters. The demonstrations could be better. More time could be spent showing the guests the wooden tools, the shingle making methods, and demonstration of how the water work under the saw mill. Some of the demonstrators just go through the motion, but don't let the guests view how the paddle wheel work.

The adventure include a brief nature walk, a rock climbing wall, and a zip line. Better safety talk need to be done, as I see 2 guests push themselves too far away from the wall, spun around, and got hurt by the rock. One should only gently push off the wall and bounce down with the feet. This is not REAL rapelling, so pushing off hard can get you hurt.

The nature talk can be good or BAD, depending on the experience of the worker. One woman spew off so much half facts that it was laugh. "Dry loving tree in the low land, wet loving tree in the highland". Without really knowing what type of tree is what, and why they occur in the order she mentioned. Then "the tanning from the cedars stain the creek brown", which really is from the tanning of ALL the leaves. A little knowledge can lead to alot of confusion.... Which I think they really should focus on a few facts, and leave the rest to the ecologists, and the hydrologists. But what can you expect from summer helps? I

1 Thank fisherdvm
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Experience Nature with a Thrill”
Reviewed July 1, 2009

This is one of Michigan's gems. Located a few minutes from Mackinaw City, Historic Mill Creek is the site of a colonial period saw mill. The park contains trails, a working saw mill, beaver dams and the Adventure Tour for a unique encounter with the nature of the park.

The Adventure Tour includes a canopy bridge through the treetops, a ride down the park's zip line and a climb on the rock wall in the forest, all for $7.

If you visit the Fort Michilimackinac and Fort Mackinac while in Mackinaw City, buy a combination ticket to add a visit to this unique park, watch the water powered saw mill demonstration and try the Adventure Tour.

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