Fun Things to Do and See in Michigan: Explore Mackinac Island

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Many think of Mackinac Island as the “Gem of the Great Lakes.” They come to this tortoise shaped island for its blue water, beautiful scenery, festivals, and much more.

Arch Rock – This natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period. It is one of the most photographed locations on the island. Topping out at nearly 15 stories high, it gives visitors incredible views of Canada and Lake Huron.

Jack’s Drive it Yourself Buggy Rides – No experience is necessary to rent a horse and carriage to drive around and sightsee. The draft horses are laid back and know the routes. You’ll just need to give them a little direction from time to time.  Have your dog with you?  If he’s friendly around horses, he can go for a ride, too.

Holland Theatre – Built in 1885, this theatre is a haunted house of three-dimensional monsters that are sure to give you a screaming good time. If they don’t, the scary noises and staff jumping out at you surely will.

Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory – Hundreds of colorful butterflies will fly around during your visit. The conservatory also has exhibits and curators that will teach you everything you want to know about these beautiful creatures. Craft projects are offered daily June through September weather permitting.

Festivals – Mackinac Island has festivals the whole family can enjoy. They are:

  • Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – Held June 5-14, it celebrates the pretty flower that was brought here during Colonial times. The festivities include concerts, a history lecture at the Grand Hotel, and the Taste of Mackinac that serves cuisines such as American, Irish, and Jamaican.
  • Fudge Festival – This delectable treat was not invented on Mackinac, but Mackinac Island fudge is a countrywide favorite. “Dining Under the Influence of Fudge,” Michigan Brewery beer tastings, and the “Great Turtle Slow Ride” are just some of the events offered. The festival takes place August 21-23.
  • Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse – Commemorate the horse’s role on the island by watching a carriage parade, taking a pony ride, touring a stable, and more. Join the fun August 28-29.
  • Jazz Festival – Celebrate Labor Day weekend by listening to jazz performed by some of the genres best musicians. Daytime performances are held in the Tea Garden, and in the evenings, the music moves to the theatre. The music will fill the air September 4-7.

If you would like to learn more about fun things to do and see in Michigan, contact us to learn more.

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