712 S. Huron
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone: (231) 436-5777
Fax: (231) 436-7023
Having undergone a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the Straits State Harbor is used by recreational boaters and water enthusiasts alike. Picnic area, public barbecues, and showers are provided. Spend a day out on the lake with the family or friends at this outdoor venue.
The Spectacle Reef Light is a historic lighthouse overlooking the Lake Huron in Michigan. Operational since 1874, the lighthouse is said to be one of the most well engineered lighthouses on the Great Lakes. This monolithic limestone was built to aid navigation along the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes. The lighthouse has since been automated and is now closed to the public. It is also far from the shore and one needs a private boat to even get close to the structure. However, the Great Lakes Light Keepers' Association organizes a yearly tour of the lighthouse, where visitors can get closer to it by boat.
Guiding wayward ships through the Straits of Mackincac from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ensured vessels safety from 1890 until it was decommissioned in 1957. The tower is approximately 58 feet (17 meters) tall and features a fourth-order Fresnel lens, which can be seen up to 16 miles (25 kilometers) away. Visitors can learn more about the rich history of this lighthouse through one of the many walking tours offered every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Connecting the Upper and Lower Lake Michigan Peninsulas, the Mackinac Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge in the world. Spanning a total of 26,372 feet, the bridge connects Mackinac City and St Ignace.
Experience the phenomena of the sky at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. This exquisite park in Emmet County, a short drive from downtown Mackinaw City, is one of only 12 in the world. It is open throughout the year and visitors can stay through the night and gaze at the stars, constellations and astronomical activities visible on a clear night over Lake Michigan. Admission to the park is free, and blankets are recommended.
In an attempt to pay homage and tribute to the life and works of the French priest and explorer Jacques Marquette, the Father Marquette National Memorial was established on December 20, 1975. The memorial is located at Strait State Park, in the vicinity of St. Ignace. Although the Marquette Memorial Museum was devastated by a fatal fire in 2000, the current one comprises of several exhibits and a 15-station interpretative track. The memorial can be visited daily from Memorial Day to Labour Day, and the timings are 9:30a to 5:00p.
With over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of land and 26 miles (41 kilometers) of shoreline on Lake Michigan, Wilderness State Park is a pristine area perfect for outdoor activities all year round. The park features a picnic area, boat launch, playground, restrooms and more. Visitors can opt to stay in one of the six rustic cabins or choose from over 250 campsites located throughout the park. Various activities here include hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking and swimming.
Established in 1950, the Deer Ranch in St. Ignace is North America's oldest whitetail deer exhibit. Featuring dozens of live whitetails, white whitetails and even albino deer, the place has been thriving for more than six decades as of today. The facility also features a gift shop that sells artifacts made out of deerskin, like the moccasins, of which they display a large collection. Extremely interesting to visit for adults and kids alike, the place is difficult to miss with the giant ceramic leaping deer marking its entrance. Come, meet, play with and feed some of the most peaceful animals on the planet!
Located in the state's Upper Peninsula, St. Ignace Mystery Spot is a popular tourist destination. Take a guided tour of this place past mysterious and bizarre effects, optical illusions and gravity-defying objects. Attractions include a miniature golf course, zip line ride and winding maze. Experience the physical oddities that contradict science and ask your guide about the legend behind the origin of the spot.
The Mackinac Island State Park was the first area to be declared a state park in the state of Michigan. Visit the Mackinac Island and discover some beautiful flora and fauna along its thick forests, limestone formations and untouched beaches. A feature unique to the park is that no automobiles allowed in the park territory so visitors will have to make their way around on horseback, on foot or by cycling.
Dedicated to North American folk hero Paul Bunyan, is his larger-than-life statue near Castle Rock. Located on the Mackinac Trail, America's favorite lumberjack poses with his sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox. Unlike other Paul Bunyans spread abundantly in Michigan, this one is seated and therefore a great photo opportunity.
The Cheboygan Bascule Bridge or the State Street Bridge is built across the Cheboygan River. This bridge that was built way back in 1940, is the only surviving bascule bridge within the state. The bridge was incorporated in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1999.