Mackinaw City is a village located in Emmet County and Cheboygan County in the US state of Michigan. Located at the northern end of the lower peninsula of Michigan, bordering north with the Straits of Mackinac that separate it from the peninsula higher.
The resident population is only 859 people, but in the summer the population increases significantly due to tourists. According to AAA’s 2009 TripTik requests, Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan. City remains an important port city for tourists traveling by passenger ferry boat to Mackinac Island.
By Ferry : Two ferry companies connecting tourists and commuters to Mackinac Island / By Bus : Indian Trails provides daily intercity bus service between St. Ignace and East Lansing, Michigan and between St. Ignace and Bay City, Michigan
By air : nearest airport is the Pellston Regional Airport where offers daily flights to and from Detroit and Alpena,
by train : Several rail line companies provide passenger traffic on trains such as the Northern Arrow to Mackinaw City,
- Mackinac Bridge, the 5-mile Mackinac Bridge is located between the cities of Mackinac and Saint Ignace near Mackinac Island, in the state of Michigan, and crosses the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes region, being an integral part of Interstate. is the world’s 22nd-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.
- Fort Michilimackinac, 102 Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9400,Open : 9:00 am – 7:00 pm,Fort Michilimackinac was originally a French, later British fortified trading post on the south coast of the strategically important Straits of Mackinac (Mackinac Road) between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in what is today the city of Mackinaw City.
- Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse,526 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9727,Open : 9:00 am – 5:30 pm,Mackinaw Point marks the junction of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Founded in 1889, the Old Mackinac Point Light Station was in operation from 1890 until 1957.
- Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park,9001 South US 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701,Open : 9:00 am – 6:00 pm,On the Adventure Tour, explore the treetops on the Forest Canopy Bridge, soar like an eagle on the 425? Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and experience the layers of the forest on the five-story Treetop Discovery Tower. Afterward, take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park.
- McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site,500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8611, McGulpin Point Light was constructed as a navigational aid through the Straits of Mackinac. The light began operation in 1869, making it one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the Straits,
- Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.131 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9677, The the retired Icebreaker USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83) ,a historic floating museum served over 65 years on Lake Superior, keeping the shipping lanes open in the winter for shipping traffic.The museum provides educational tours and overnight stays on the vessel.
- Mackinaw Bridge Museum , 231 Central Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 49701 , Located above MaMa Mia’s Restaurant, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum , The museum exebition includes a diving suit, documents, photographs, and many tools and parts used during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.
- WaWatam Park,N. Huron Ave, E Jamet St, Mackinaw City, MI 49701,Park with view of the bridge and lighthouse as well as the Great Lakes and Statue of Chief Wawatam.
- Mackinaw City Marina,107 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9677 , The city marina Amenities include: restrooms, showers, 30 amp and 50 amp power, water, pump-out, gasoline, ice, boat launch, dog run, grills/picnic area, laundry, marine life/repair/supplies, chromecast provided for television
- Gary R Williams Memorial Park,N Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 , This park is a part grassy and part sandy beach. It has a picnic tables and Good view of the bridge.
- Conkling Heritage Park,S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 49701, waterside park with 1800s style tents that people were actually staying in, dressed in period clothing and cooking over camp fires looking at the beautiful of Lake Huron.
- Heritage Village at Mackinaw,1425 W Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9643, Free entry, open every day ,The heritage village was made up of historical buildings brought here from local towns, such as a school, a Quaker church, a log cabin, and even a building used to house medical patients during outbreaks
- North Central State Trail,Mackinaw City to Gaylord, Mackinaw City, MI, . route between Mackinac City and Cheboygan . The trail is well groomed with crushed limestone, there is nice restrooms by the parking lot, picnic area, tire pump and bike repair tools. picnic benches and views of Lake Huron
- Parks : Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park , N Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 / Alexander Henry Park,518 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9727 / Maritime Park,N Huron Ave / Depeystar St, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 /
Headlands International Dark Sky Park, 15675 Headlands Road Mackinaw City, MI 49701
- French Farm Lake, a publicly owned lake maintained for small-boat fishing, is 3 miles southwest.
- fireworks , Every Friday during the summer season in downtown Mackinaw City watch fireworks decorate the sky in a colorful celebration of the season.
- The Mackinac or Mackinaw Trail is a historically important route, The trail was long used by the Native American tribes of Michigan. In 1835 it was surveyed between Saginaw and Mackinac by Lieutenant Benjamin Poole of the 3rd U.S. Artillery
- Historic Mill Creek,P.O. Box 873 Mackinaw City, MI 47901 , Seasonal May-Oct):Mon-Sun 9:00AM – 6:00PM , A reconstructed 18th century water-powered sawmill is nestled in a 625-acre wooded setting with nature trails and forest management displays.
- beaches , There are two municipal beaches west of town, about 3 & 4 miles from downtown Mackinaw City. public beach at Mill Creek State Park east of Mackinaw on US-23.The beach on Sturgeon Bay is south of Wilderness State Park.
Activities : Lighthouse Cruises / Del Sol – Color-Change – Mackinaw Crossings / Mini golf / Casino / biking around Mullett Lake / Adventure Zipline / Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise / Camping : there are quite a few private campgrounds in the area / trip to Mackinac Island /
fishing trips on Lake Huron / Enjoy the Fudge / Parasailing /
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Go next : Mackinac Island / Grayling / Bay City / Cheboygan / Alpena / Petoskey / Traverse City