Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf
Spectacular prehistoric geological formations Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf are natural limestone wonders that tower over the Straits. Arch Rock rises almost 150 feet above the water, and can be seen from M-185.
This 1770’s-era fort and village has been reconstructed in its exact historical location. But there’s more to this village than its 13 authentically reconstructed buildings and 1 million treasured artifacts. It’s kids’ day every day! Children and parents can participate in games, view an archaeological dig, march in uniform and much more!
Fort Mackinac was built by the British in 1780 to protect the Great Lakes Fur Trade. Costumed guides portray soldiers from the 1880s American period with rifle and cannon firing demonstrations, court martial, tours and more. Fourteen original buildings house Victorian period settings and history exhibits including, “Mackinac: An Island Famous in These Regions.”
Stretching eight miles around the island’s perimeter, M-185 is a scenic shoreline road and the nation’s only state highway without motor vehicle traffic.There are 70 miles of roads and trails within Mackinac Island State Park, most of which are wooded inland trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders in spring, summer and fall. Many interior eastern trails are groomed and excellent for cross-country skiing during the winter.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
In its time, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, built in 1892, was called a mansion and its setting on the majestic Straits of Mackinac has inspired generations. Climb the tower and take in the spectacular view as the lighthouse keepers did before you. Step inside the lighthouse and hear the Victrola play pre-World War I tunes in a period-styled sitting room. Interact with hands-on exhibits. Immerse yourself. Inside this stately structure, it’s always 1910, so welcome and discover.
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Immerse yourself in nature trails, reconstructed historical buildings, interactive exhibits, and a climbing wall that reaches the realms of your imagination. It’s an 18th-century water powered sawmill blade ripping through a log, creating the smell of sawdust and the sounds of the past; it’s the tranquil sound of Mill Creek water cutting through pristine forest; and it’s the invigorating rush of adrenaline when feet leave solid ground as you soar over that creek and through the forest on a zip line built for all ages.
Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center
Historical exhibits dramatize the island’s natural history. Information on what to see and do is shared by friendly staff, and Fort Mackinac tickets are sold here. The center is conveniently located on the waterfront adjacent to village shops, the marina and Marquette Park.
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
The Icebreaker Mackinaw, WAGB 83, following its decommissioning June 10th, 2006 is now moored at its home in Mackinaw City, Michigan. From the historic Chief Wawatam railroad dock the ship is now operating as a public museum telling the story of its 62 year career breaking ice on the upper Great Lakes.
If you have a special group tour or ship wedding request, please contact:
Operations Manager, Lisa Pallagi
Phone: 231-420 -1407
Office: (231) 436-9825
Fax: (231) 436-9826
The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
From Native American baskets to present-day paintings of the island by residents, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum showcases historic treasures in Mackinac State Historic Parks’ collection and inspires creativity in others. The art museum brings together Mackinac art created over the centuries.
The Tower Museum at Mission Point
The Tower Museum at Mission Point Resort features wonderful maritime exhibits housed in their incomparable Observation Tower and offers an exceptional, entertaining experience for island visitors – whether it’s your first time on Mackinac Island or your fiftieth. From one of the island’s highest man-made vantage points, guests can see the Mackinac Bridge, the Round Island Lighthouse, Round and Bois Blanc Islands and passing ferryboats. The Observation Tower also features five exciting pictorial exhibits including: The History of Mission Point Resort, Northern Michigan Lighthouses, Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Freighters of the Great Lakes, and The Mackinac Bridge.
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