If you have 1/2 a day . . .
Explore history that comes alive every day. Colonial Michilimackinac, with its entrance under the Mackinac Bridge, and Historic Mill Creek, three miles south on US-23, provide visitors with an outstanding glimpse of what the area was like centuries ago. Colonial Michilimackinac is a replica of the original fort, with interpreters, archaeological digs and numerous reconstructed buildings from the 1700s. Mill Creek is a working sawmill demonstrating techniques used over a hundred years ago. It also includes a network of hiking trails. There is an admission fee for these parks. For more information call 231-436-4100.
Visit Heritage Village where visitors explore life in the Straits of Mackinac as it was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Heritage Village looks just as it would back in the day of no lights, no cars, no modern conveniences.
Shop, dine & watch a show. Spend some time in Mackinaw's shopping areas and finish with the nighty laser show in Mackinaw Crossings. From burgers and fries to whitefish and steaks, Mackinaw's many restaurants know how to treat you right. Shopping can be found all over town, with the main areas located along Central Ave., Huron Ave., in the Crossings and on Mackinaw's west side.
Lace up those hiking boots! Located just 10 miles west of Mackinaw City is one of the best state parks in Michigan, Wilderness State Park. Appropriately named, the park features 8,286 acres of forest and other pristine habitat and 26 miles of open Lake Michigan shoreline. A network of hiking trails crisscross the park, and a sandy public beach is also available.
Other options include Headlands County Park or French Farm Lake, just a couple miles west of town. The Gaylord to Mackinaw Trail is now known as the North Central State Trail. It is a trail system for bikes, hikers and snowmobiles. The trail head is located in Mackinaw City shown on the right at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony of June 2008.
Check out the Trail System Celebration Photos in our Photo Gallery