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9 Interesting Things to Do on Mackinac Island, Michigan

Priya Johnson Aug 2, 2019
Mackinac Island is a popularly-loved summer destination in Michigan, accredited to its perfect summer weather. The island's also known for its world-class fudge, automobile-free streets, lilacs, and relaxed vibe.

Stroll Through Downtown Mackinac

Since the island is free from cars and motorized vehicles, it's wonderful to stroll through the streets of Downtown. Explore the place, culture, merchandise, and local food on a self-guided walking tour. Capture the charm of Downtown in your camera.

Tour the Island on a Horse-Drawn Carriage

Since cars are banned on the island, horse-drawn carriages are popular means of transport. There are over 500 horses on the island.
2 hours narrated carriage tours are available to give you an overview of the island's history. It will also take you to all the major landmarks of the city.

Bike or Hike All the Way to Arch Rock

The island's most famous rock formation, this natural limestone Arch Rock is touted as the 'king of geological formations' on the island. This particular formation is precious and rare because limestone is not a strong enough material.

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Fort Mackinac

This 18th-century military outpost was built by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. The fort is steeped in warfare history.
The fourteen restored buildings in the fort are open to the public. Sign up for a tour conducted by costumed interpreters and delve into the history of the land.

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Legendary Fudge Tasting Tour

America's fudge capital, the island is touted to make the best fudge in the world. Walk over to the 13 stores making fudge and taste as many flavors as you can handle. Purchase and take home this edible souvenir.

Panoramic View of the Island From Fort Holmes

Situated at the highest elevation on the island, Fort Holmes was built by the British to protect Fort Mackinac against American ambush. Climb up to this fort and enjoy an unparalleled, panoramic view of Mackinac Island. Capture stunning sunset pictures from there.

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Legendary Grand Hotel

Opened in 1887, this 332,500 square feet historic hotel has a 660 feet long front porch, making it the world's largest front porch. The hotel has won multiple awards and titles through its lifetime and served scores of elite guests.

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Ferry Rides and Cruises

A ferry ride or yacht cruise is a fun way to explore the different angles of Mackinac island. A sunset cruise is the best way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Mackinac Harbor

Stroll down to Mackinac harbor and watch the different vessels docking there. Book a trip on a sailboat, yacht or ferry, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the harbor.