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 

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Inc.

Experience the History and Charm of Mackinac on your narrated carriage tour of the island!

Prepare yourself for a tour like no other! What you will experience is by far the most enjoyable and authentic way to view the island. Keep in mind there are no set departure times. You will be on the next available carriage once you have purchased your ticket at the ticket office.  Approximate tour time: 1 hour & 45 minutes

We are pet friendly! Small dogs welcome on a lap. Larger dogs may require purchase of a child ticket.

7278 Main St.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 

Mackinaw Area Historical Society/Heritage Village

In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is well underway in their development of Heritage Village.  On approximately 143 acres of land just west of Mackinaw City, visitors can enjoy discovery trails, historic buildings, a covered pavilion, a restored log home, a sawmill and much more. Heritage Village’s period is from 1880 through 1917, a time of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every other aspect of Straits-area living. It also reflects an era from which a precious few buildings are still standing, and stories told by parents, grandparents and great grandparents abound.

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society offers lively local monthly programs featuring informative presentations on historically significant topics. ​

1425 W. Central Ave.
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 

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

We welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our site each year, and we enjoy talking with you all
and telling you about the rich history of McGulpin Point!
Admission is $3/person. Children under 5 years of age are free.

500 Headlands Dr.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Michilimackinac Historical Society

In 2003 a committee was formed by the Mackinac County Economic Development Commission to study the impact of history and historic sites on the local economy.  The members of that committee were Jim North, Mark Mercer, Cheryl Schlehuber, and Jennifer McGraw.

Word spread of the committee’s work and there was a great deal of interest.  Soon the committee members included those above and Wes Mauer, Barbara Brown, Ollie Boynton, Don McKinnon, Keith Massaway, Cynthia Oliver, Paul Grondin, and Gary Caulkins.  Others asked to join.

It was determined that there was enough interest to reinstate the corporate status of the Michilimackinac Historical Society which had disbanded in the 1980s.  Keith Massaway undertook that project.

In the fall of 2004 the first membership meeting was held and over 80 people attended.  Soon after the group held it’s first election and Keith Massaway became the first president.  Initial goals included creating a repository for artifacts and documents and finding some way to save the Fort de Buade Museum.

Projects to date have been numerous besides the Fort de Buade which is our shining star.  Those projects include writing and publishing the St. Ignace Historical Walking Tour booklet, publishing 2 books – The Company and the Community by Patricia McCreary and the Reminiscences of David Corp, various educational programs including walking tours and cemetery tours, donating books to the St. Ignace library to fill out their Michigan history section, sponsoring genealogy workshops, education on Native American culture, and book signings,  researching and gathering oral histories and genealogy, collecting historic photos, and a general exchange of historical information and brainstorming on how to better educate the community and visitors to the community about this information.

Our future goals include Chief Dock restoration, converting space at the museum for a family history room, and preparing a history of the outlying areas of St. Ignace.

334 E. State St.
St. Ignace, MI 49781 

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

Sault Historic Sites

Sault Historic Sites was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation with the mission of preserving, restoring, and presenting the history of Sault Ste. Marie to visitors and local residents alike. Starting with the acquisition of the Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Historic Sites now owns and operates several locations in Sault Ste. Marie. Be sure to visit our historical sites on your next trip to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

501 E. Water St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Place Where Michigan was Born

“We say life here is about drinking in the atmosphere; of looking up at the sky to see that night sky with the stars and the beauty, or to walk a trail and to think of those a thousand years earlier who walked it before you. It is the center of the Great Lakes, and it always has been.” – Cecil Pavlat, a cultural affairs expert and a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie.

Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2018 (1668-2018). Come visit us during this historic year-long celebration to commemorate our unique heritage, and to make your own memories of, “the Place Where Michigan was Born.”

We’re a diverse waterfront community, and we offer a wealth of things to see and do. Visit us for year-round recreational activitieshistorical sites, the world-famous Soo LocksTahquamenon Falls, spectacular lighthouses, and pristine natural environments.

225 E. Portage
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

The Shepler’s motto is specific and meaningful – give the best possible service with a smile, use modern equipment and employ a well-trained staff. From the early charter boat days to today, Shepler’s approach to transporting people to Mackinac Island has been one of class and value. Traditionally, half the fun of a Mackinac Island experience is a ride with Shepler’s.

556 E. Central 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 

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Star Line Ferry was started by Tom Pfeiffelmann, Sam McIntire, and others in the late 1970s. They purchased Argosy Boat Line. The company was then renamed Star Line after the 5 original stockholders making up a 5 pointed star. At that time they operated slower ferries including the NicoletTreasure Islander and Flamingo.

In 1979 Star Line bought their first fast ferry, Marquette. Over the next few years the old LaSalle and Nicolet were replaced with sisters to the Marquette. In 1987 Star Line decided to take it up a notch with Radisson, an 85-foot fast ferry which was modeled after a luxury yacht.

In time the LaSalle, Nicolet, and Marquette also added hydro-jets with their trade mark rooster tails. In 1990 Star Line added Cadillac and in 1993 added Joliet. These boats were built in the style of the Radisson. In 2005,Marquette was sold to Davis Park Marine of Patchogue, NY. She was replaced by the larger Marquette II. And in 2006, Nicolet was also sold to Davis Park Marine.

801 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

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