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2 Families with Children Ages 2-7 Where to Stay?

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2 Families with Children Ages 2-7 Where to Stay?

Looking to visit Mackinac Island in July and not sure where the best place to stay would be. Hotel or B&B would be fine. We will be traveling with 4 Adults and one 2 year old, one 3 year old, and one 7 year old. Accommodations must have private baths. Husbands enjoy fishing. I've read that it is best to stay close to the ferry so that we don't have to walk far with bags and kids! Hotel or B&B with a yard for the kids to play around in would be nice. Any suggestions would be great. This will be our first trip to Mackinac Island and we are driving from the Pittsburgh area. Planning to stay 3 nights!

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1. Re: 2 Families with Children Ages 2-7 Where to Stay?

If you are wanting to stay close by or in town, you probably wont find a hotel with much of a yard, but there are plenty of nearby parks, playgrounds and open spaces for the kids. You don't mention that a pool is a consideration, so that opens your possibilities quite a bit. Several hotels have suites available, such as Lilac Tree, Island House, and others. Haan's Inn (B&B) have several suites available as well.

You might also consider a condo rental. If you go to the Island House website - click on Harbor Place Suites or check out Sunset Condos "downtown" options. We like staying on condos because most have a full kitchen and you are able to make many of your meals to cut costs. You can bring boxes of food with you and it doesn't cost anything extra to bring them on the ferry.

One tip, especially if you are staying for 3 nights (perfect amount of time in my opinion!) is to take your time. Try not to see everything in one day. The pace of the island is slow on purpose. This is a great time to relax and enjoy playing with the kids. It is really something you will treasure!

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2. Re: 2 Families with Children Ages 2-7 Where to Stay?

We have found that the downtown area can be a bit noisey at times in the late hours. I personally like the Harbour View which is about a 10 min leisurely walk with kids from the ferries. For a downtown location look into the Mainstreet Inn & Suites. For a place for the kids to run around there is a huge lawn and play area right in front of the fort.

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3. Re: 2 Families with Children Ages 2-7 Where to Stay?

I would go with a condo. The condos mentioned are up on the west side of the Island, anything you do will be a walking experiance (and it always seems to be uphill) but most of the hotels and such will take care of picking your bags up at the docks. One of the best things to do on the island is people watch.

You may want to visit the Macinac parks website and look into becomeing a Mackinac associate. One time fee of about 60 dollars gets you an unlimites pass for 2 adults and all dependent kids and grandkids under the age of 18. It gets you into the fort and museums on the island, and the mainland, also Mill Creek and the light house. Just the fort on the island in July for 2 adults is 24 dollars so becoming a member is a real money saver

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