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A Weekend in Mackinaw Island Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge

Built in 1957 the Mackinac Bridge is an incredible structure. It is the third largest suspension bridge in the world. The Mackinac Bridge connects the lower and upper peninsula’s of Michigan. You can drive to the northern part of Wisconsin if you cross this bridge.

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Mackinaw Island, Michigan Overview

Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island is sometimes used interchangeably. The City is on the mainland of Michigan and the Island, like the name suggests, requires a ferry or boat to access it. The two are within eight miles of each other.

Where is Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island?

Mackinaw City, Michigan is in northern Michigan about 60 miles south of Canada. The Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from the city.

Things to do in Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, Michigan

Colonial Michilimackinac

If you like history and old towns Colonial Michilimackinac is a neat place to visit in Mackinaw City.  This national historic landmark is a reconstructed 1700’s French fur trading village and military outpost. Employees dress up in period attire, playing flutes, drums etc, reenactments of American Revolution Time.

The Island State Park

Take a ferry to the island for beautiful scenery, limestone bluffs, hiking, biking, and shopping. Beautiful homes are on the island surrounded by hotels, restaurants and visitors have a great island view as well as great hiking trails.

We spent the day hiking and relaxing by the water. Be prepared to spend a lot on food there as it is a tourist hot spot.

How to Get Around the Island: You can rent bikes on the island which is a great way to get around.  You can also take a ride in a  horse carriage.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

For history buffs, lighthouse lovers, or just for a pretty view of the lake.  The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was in operation from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. The lighthouse is within Michilimackinac State Park

Tahquamenon Falls

Visit Tahquamenon Falls state park to see the upper and lower waterfalls. They are beautiful.

Located in the fitting town of Paradise, MI
Star Route 48