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On Mackinac Island, there’s plenty to do and see.
Just a short stroll or ride away, Fort Mackinac is a National Historic Landmark and the sentinel of the Straits of Mackinac for 224 years. Guides are dressed in period costumes. You’ll witness cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, explore the real history of Mackinac in 14 original buildings filled with period settings, exhibits and videos. Enjoy a panoramic view of the harbor, and Grand Hotel service at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room.
Downtown Mackinac Island
Historic Downtown Mackinac Island features fur trade era homes and shops, as well as grand Victorian cottages. You will find a unique variety of shops and restaurants on Mackinac Island. Art galleries and world-famous fudge shops abound.
Two butterfly conservatories offer visitors a chance to see native and exotic species up close: Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory up-island at Surrey Hills and the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World downtown.
The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
From Native American baskets to present-day paintings of the island by residents, the art museum showcases fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac Island through the ages. Look for “Mackinac’s Grand Hotel” art exhibition this year.
A tradition since the late 19th century, Mackinac Island is famous for its fudge. Don’t forget to sample and take home the island’s most popular and delicious souvenir—over 10,000 lbs. of fudge leave the island every day. Over a dozen shops can be found downtown. Grand Hotel fudge, made on the premises, is available in our gift shop.
Old Mackinac Lighthouse
From 1892 to 1957, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (located in Mackinaw City) guided ships through the Straits of Mackinac. Tower and walking tours open to public. Climb the tower for a great view and experience living history.
Plan a day trip to nearby St. Ignace and Mackinaw City to visit the Father Marquette Memorial honoring the founder of St. Ignace. Experience Colonial Michilimackinac, an 18th-century fur trade and military outpost with a dozen reconstructed buildings, and guides dressed as British redcoats, French voyageurs, colonial villagers and American Indians.
Mackinac Island is a popular locale for this outdoor activity in which participants explore the island using a GPS (Global Positioning System) to both hide and locate containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”). For more information, visit geo-caching.com.