Cheboygan Opera House

History of the Opera House

The Opera House, originally constructed in 1877, played an important role in the history of the colorful lumbering era in Northern Michigan. Twice ravaged by fires and rebuilt in 1888 and 1903, the facility now harmoniously houses its original combination of City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department and the 582 seat Opera House. In 1984, after having been closed for some twenty years, the elegantly restored Opera House re-opened its doors to the public once more. Managed by the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, with the support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, this acoustically superb, Victorian theatre has become the focal point for entertainment and the performing arts in the Straits of Mackinaw area and beyond.

Cheboygan Area Arts Council Mission Statement

The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community.

403 N. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721 

Fort Gift Shop & Candy Kitchen/Minning Company

 The Fort Gift Shop and Candy Kitchen has been in the same family since 1961.  George and Katherine Stemkoski started their business on this corner as a Hot Dog stand at the same time Fort Michillmackinac opened accross the street.  The business looked promising, so they soon built a building that included a full service restaurant and a nice size gift shop.  Also, the upstairs featured a large 3 bedroom home with a view of the Mackinac Bridge.  After working the business for 10 years, the view of the bridge from the upstairs was soon to be seen by many tourist.

400 Louvingny
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Headlands, The, an International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands was established in the late 1950s when Roger McCormick hired a helicopter and dropped 50lb. sacks of flour to mark the boundaries of a property he desired to purchase.

The Park contains approximately 550 acres of pristine woodlands, more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Visitors to the Headlands may experience sightings of the many wild animals native to the area including: bald eagles, osprey, white tail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and occasionally a black bear. Marked nature trails guide hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and nature photographers to experience the park throughout the changing seasons.

The Headlands offers two facilities for rental by the public. The Guest House provides accommodations for 22 people in four bedrooms on three levels. There are 3 floors with 3 full baths (one per floor), a complete kitchen and a conference area. Linens are provided. the Waterfront Event Center is available for rent as well, with information available on the “About” tab.

The vision and cooperation of the following organizations and government units made this property available to the public: The McCormick Foundation, The Village of Mackinaw City, Emmet County, The Schott Foundation, The Little Traverse Conservancy, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Becoming an International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands became one of the first 10 International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011, a prestigious designation bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona, after a rigorous application and review process. What it means in a nutshell? The Headlands will stay dark and protected, forever, thanks to a commitment by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners.

7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW WAGB-83 was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands placed on industry for an increase in production of war materials. Tremendous increases in the movement of iron ore, limestone and coal for the nation’s steel mills were particularly necessary. In order to keep tonnage on the move into the winter months an icebreaker was needed. Congress authorized construction of MACKINAW on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Funds were provided from a Special Presidential Fund used to expedite desirable projects.

MACKINAW was built in Toledo, Ohio at a cost of ten million dollars. The keel was laid on March 20th, 1943 at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company, which had won the contract. Various delays in completion involved such heavy penalties that the firm was forced into bankruptcy and the contract was taken over by the American Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Company. The hull was launched March 4th, 1944 and MACKINAW was commissioned on December 30th, 1944. Cheboygan remained her home port her entire life.

131 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows

Nine-Time World Champion Logroller, Dan McDonough continues to bring you the finest in competitive lumberjack shows. The best in family entertainment featuring world-class competitive lumberjacks.

Shows at Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows are approximately an hour long, delivered in a competition format, in which the audience is divided up into two rival logging camps, each camp cheering for their lumberjack.

It demostrates the turn of the century skills of the lumberjack including chopping, sawing, axe throwing,
cross-cut sawing and logrolling. In addition to the competition, there is also a chain saw carving demonstration.

The show educates the audience in the rich history of Michigan’s logging past. It is fast paced, up-beat and keeps the audience involved. The lumberjack show is appreciated by audience members
of all ages from 2-102.

10510 W. US 23 Hwy.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw Manor Haunted Mansion

Mackinaw Manor Haunted Mansion is a fully automated haunted house, using the latest in animatronics, special effects and state of the art sound technology creating a frighteningly haunting experience for you and your friends.

114 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mystery Spot

Story of the Saint Ignace Mystery Spot

In the early 1950’s, 3 surveyors named Clarence, Fred and McCray came from California to explore the Upper Peninsula. They stumbled across an area of land where their surveying equipment didn’t seem to work properly. For instance, no matter how many times they tried to level their tripod, through the use of a plum-bob or level, the plum-bob would always be drawn far to the east, even as the level was reading level. As they continued their research of this land, they noticed a constant feeling of being light-headed. Later, realizing their queasiness and problems with the surveying equipment only occurred in an area about 300 feet in diameter, they felt they had discovered a “Mystery Spot”!

Voted Michigan’s No.1 unusual attraction by readers of Michigan Living Magazine (AAA). You will experience optical contradictions and physical sensations that are hard to believe. These phenomenal “happenings” can be photographed. It’s a barrel of fun for the entire family. See for yourself why most of our 2 million visitors return year after year. We have ample car and trailer parking, clean restrooms. Besides the guided tours of the world-famous Mystery Spot, we also have 2 great Ziplines, a Human Maze, and a custom designed 18-hole putt putt golf course.

We also have a very unique gift shop offering souvenirs found no where else in the world! Don’t forget to check out our brand new Mystery Spot Souvenir Photo Booth just outside the gift shop!

N916 Martin Lake Rd.
St. Ignace, MI 49781 

Mystery Town U.S.A.

Unlock an adventure to another dimension where mysterious worlds are explored and fun becomes reality… Rotating realms and underwater passages lead you to the beyond where space and time are not what they seem.  Unlock the mystery, Open your Mind, Believe the Fun!

This exciting new adventure powered by Oak Island Creative, brings 20 years of entertaining expertise to a unique family adventure that ignites the imagination!

Take a journey through some of the most well-known mysteries of the world where you will discover why they have sparked the interest of young and old for centuries. As a throwback to the vintage-Roadside America, Mystery Town, USA™, is sure to take you on an up-close exploration through some of the world’s most fascinating mysteries.

The adventure lives on in our “Mystery Market™.” This immersive retail experience combines the excitement of the mysteries with the fun of your imagination. Sip an alien Slime Lime soda as you browse our unique collection of mystery inspired memorabilia. There is something for every mystery lover at the “Mystery Market™”!

200 S. Nicolet St.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Bring the family to see Oswald’s Bear Ranch! This complex is the largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America. Since opening to the public in 1997, Oswald’s Bear Ranch as grown tremendously over the years. We now have 29 bears, 2 huge habitats (1/2 and 1/3 mile perimeter) and 2 smaller habitats (1/4 mile perimeter each). The yearling bears have a wonderful waterfall within their habitat. Oswald’s Bear Ranch is one of the top ten family friendly Upper Michigan Attractions that is affordable and fun.

Located just 20 minutes south of Tahquamenon Falls, or from Newberry go 4 miles north on M-123 towards Tahquamenon Falls. Turn left at 4 Mile Corner (Deer Park Rd., Muskallonge Lake, H-37 H-407). Then it’s 4 1/2 more miles to see the home of Tyson Bear (died July 2, 2000) certified weight of 880 lbs. The Largest Black Bear in the U.S. and possibly the World.

Oswald’s Bear Ranch has 4 habitats that allow visitors to explore the perimeters and view these great live roaming bears. Platforms allow visitors to have a barrier free view of the bears. This is a great place to bring the family.

Open the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Sept. 30th
(Closed from Oct 1st until Memorial Day weekend)
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. After Labor Day, hours are from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: $20 per vehicle or $10 for lone traveler.

Oswald's Bear Ranch

Newberry, MI 49868 US

Pharaohs Family Fun Center

This Egyptian themed fun center features miniature bowling, a laser maze, shooting gallery, billiards, arcade and much more. Welcoming your family for a fun filled experience.

328 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Soo Locks Boat Tours

We are a top 5 Michigan Attraction that has been offering exciting tours through the famous Soo Locks since 1934. Over the years we have grown to a fleet of five tour vessels and two dock facilities in historic Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Located only 50 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge, we are a must-see destination in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

We offer a wide variety of maritime sightseeing adventures, including our popular Soo Locks sightseeing tours, enjoyable Luncheon and Dinner Cruises, and adventurous Lighthouse Cruises.

We also operate Fireworks Cruises and Fireworks Dinner Cruises for Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4, plus many other Special Event Cruises.

  • See all four U.S. Locks, St. Mary’s Rapids, giant hydro-electric plants and Historic Canadian Lock.
  • Experience “locking through” from Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
  • Cruise underneath International Highway Bridge and get a sailor’s view of many interesting sites.
  • Cruise along side giant lake freighters & ocean vessels.
  • Learn of passing ships as you get a close up view from your boat.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Straits Area Tour Company (Ugly Anne Boat Tours)

Water Tours and charters on the Straits of Mackinac and under the Mackinac Bridge.

229 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701