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Mackinac Island State Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical geological formations. With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you’ll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac. Whether visiting this island parkland by foot, bike, horseback, or carriage, these many majestic geological wonders and unique historical monuments are visual treasures found only here—on the island sacred to the Ojibwa and Odawa Great Lakes Indian tribes. According to them, this is where life began. You’re invited to discover why.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Fascinating island with many original buildings and the fort is really interesting. The history of the island is very interesting and it is worth the price to take a carriage tour with the carriage company. Go early and plan on staying late, you still won't see or learn it all. Great day and the kids had a lot of fun also. The hotels on the island are ridiculously expensive! Stay at the Baymont Inn right at the end of main street and you'll be very satisfied and have a lot more of your money left in your pocket. The Grand hotel on the island is beautiful but we weren't going to pay fifty bucks just to walk on the grand porch. It is pretty though!

2  Thank aronam
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

No matter how you choose to get around the this place should be on everyone's bucket list. Beautiful scenery, good food, history everywhere, great trip back in time.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Very quiet this time of year. Take the Arnold ferry they have free overnite parking. We arrived around 3, too late to take a buggy ride unless you rent a private buggy that goes for about $100 an hour. So we rented a bike and rode around the island. 8 miles . Very easy ride. Hotels and restaurants in walking distance. Fudge shop every other store. We left the next day I really don't know what people do if they stay much longer.

Thank Shelbygirl07
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I've gone to Mackinac every summer since I was a young child, as we vacation in nearby Indian River on Mullet lake. I am astonished at how the island attracts tourists year after year. The only draw I can imagine is during the sailboat races, when all the boats spend a night on the island. The crews are a blast and make the best of their stop. Other than that...there's an old fort, a lot of fudge and candy and plenty of tourist traps. If it is nature you seek, well, you're already in upstate Michigan...why not go off the beaten path and explore a little. During the fall take a trip down the Eastern shore, Stopping at Petoskey and Charlevoix if you're looking for scenery. Don't get me wrong, the island has its merits, but the cost of getting there and back and any excursions you choose on the island are to high to ignore more cost effective options.

5  Thank CAndreae
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

This is a beautiful island full of history, one of the main attractions is the fort where they re-enact the attack of the island: they offer tours or you can just walk on your own, they even fire the canon. Once on the island you can walk, rent a bike/bring your own for a fee, or take a carriage ride. Vehicles are not allowed, making the air extremely crisp and fresh. The view from the shore is magnificent! Whether you are a family with kids, or a couple celebrating an anniversary this is a place for every one to enjoy. When you get hungry there is a very affordable place to eat all you can eat salads and
pizza at Mama La Rosa's Pizza Buffet at the Murray Hotel
7260 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI

Thank farycake
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