Exploring Mackinac

Brimming with Victorian charm and a bustling Main Street and village, historic Mackinac Island offers natural beauty and endless recreational adventures.

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Exploring Mackinac

More than 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park. The park is free of charge and open year round. There are beautiful vistas and springs, mystical geologic formations like Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf, and miles of biking, hiking, and horse riding trails. Visit historic Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes, where military battles are recreated between French, British and American Armies. At Surrey Hills, you’ll see antique livery equipment, a photo gallery, and the country’s largest horse draft herd, where 250 head are maintained!

See incredible views of the Great Lakes from the magnificent cottages on the East and West Bluffs. Relax on the lush green lawns of Marquette Park, and amble through dozens of quaint Victorian shops offering gifts, apparel, jewelry, art galleries, musuems, restaurants, bars, and numerous fudge shops.

For more information on island attractions, activities, and special events, please contact the Mackinac Island Visitors Bureau toll free at (800) 454-5227.

Getting Around
Since no cars are allowed on the island, the primary modes of transportation are walking, bicyles, and horses.

Mackinac Island Bike Shop is located across the street from Lake View Hotel, next to Shepler’s Ferry. They rent the latest gear from Trek, Giant, and Phat for all ages and riding abilities, and have Burleys, tagalongs, and special needs carts.

Get their free map and explore Mackinac Island on a Self-Guided Attractions Tour, an “immersive experience” that takes you where no other island tour can. Great for bike enthusiasts of all ages, the tour covers three miles and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 2-1/2 hours.

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours
Take a 1-3/4 hour narrated tour of the island’s top points of interest by horse and carriage. The ticket booth and loading zone is located on Main Street across from Arnold Dock. There are no set times for departures, passengers wait for the next available carriage tour.

Cindy’s Riding Stable
Saddle horses are available for rent through Cindy’s Riding Stables, located on Market Street.

For drive yourself rental horses and carriages, visit their sister company, Jack’s Livery Stable, located on Cadotte Avenue.

Island Map

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