Saturday Apr 1st-Apr 30th2017 Mackinac Island Ferry Service From Mackinaw City starts today!
For the first time in History, there will be ferry service from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island starting April 1! The Service includes a free Mackinac Bridge Tour on Mackinac Old Time Trolley and free luggage transport for passengers if needed. Please book the April Ferry option on our site or purchase tickets at participating hotels. (As always, the ferry can not run during inclement weather)
Come Join us in Mackinaw City Celebrate for the First Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration!
This celebration includes several coinciding events the same week with Michigan Spring Break including: MACKINAW INTERNATIONAL BRIDAL EXPO ROLLER DERBY TASTE OF MACKINAC FOOD EXPERIENCE TAP TAKEOVER WITH BIERE DE MAC BREWORKS DISCOUNTED HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS MACKINAC OLD POINT LIGHTHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT AT WORLD FAMOUS DIXIE SALOON NONNA LISA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
$89.00 OVERNIGHT SPECIALS WITH EVENTS! CALL 1-800-410-5302 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION.
Sponsors: Reinhardt Food Service, Starline Ferry, Mackinaw Crossings, Black Diamond Broadcasting, Dixie Saloon, Mackinaw City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, Mackinac Island Brewhouse.
Saturday Apr 1st-Apr 2nd2017 1st Annual Mackinac Meltdown at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
The staff of the Mackinac State Historic Parks is excited to participate in the first ever Mackinac
Meltdown event in Mackinaw City by offering admission to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse on
Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Outside of some occasional winter openings in the 1990s, this is the first time one of the
Mackinac State Historic Park sites, which includes Fort Mackinac and the Richard and Jane
Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic
Mill Creek Discovery Park and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, will be
opening for the season before May. The Mackinac Island State Park Commission was established
in 1895, and grew to include Michilmackinac State Park, which includes Old Mackinac Point
Lighthouse, in 1909. Historic Mill Creek was added in 1984.
A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped
passing ships navigates through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There’s just as
much to see from the top of the tower as inside the buildings. Authentically restored quarters and
exhibits, including the original lens, Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum, and an audiovisual
program, Shipwrecks of the Straits, make this “Castle of the Straits” a true gem of the Great
Tickets to the lighthouse will be available through partner businesses of the Mackinac Meltdown
for $8.00 each. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and no tickets will be available at the
lighthouse. Organizers of the Mackinac Meltdown have guaranteed a minimum of 50 paid
admissions per day. All tickets must be purchased at a participating hotel or Mackinac Meltdown partner business.
Mackinaw City is the perfect vacation destination at the base of the Mackinac Bridge on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac, where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. There is something for everyone in Mackinaw: Mackinaw City is rich in history and four historic Michigan state parks preserve Mackinaw City's heritage, while the natural beauty of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island captivate your senses. Unique shops and restaurants can be found in downtown Mackinaw City to peak your interest and satisfy your appetite. Catch a ferry to Mackinac Island for the day to enjoy all it has to offer and return to Mackinaw City and experience our parks, relaxing sandy beaches, unique shopping, restaurants, golf courses, concerts in the park, and a free nightly Laser Light Show. All this and more await you when you visit Mackinaw City!
Mackinaw City Has Many Summer Activities And A Thriving Summer Season.
Mackinaw City Summers are action packed, from mild family fun to wild water adventures. Mackinaw City Summer activities revolve around the sun, water, sand, Commerce and crisp Great Lakes air.
Swim from Mackinaw City's miles of Sandy Beaches in Clear, Warm, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan Waters. Enjoy the unique Sand Bars that allow you to wake waist high up to a 1/4 of a mile out into the lakes. An unusually expected warm Spring will cause the temperature of Lake Huron's water near Mackinaw City's favorite beaches to rise to temperatures close to 80 degrees. 2014 will attract swimmers in the warm lake waters in the bay just south of Mackinaw City's new State Dock, featuring Mackinaw City's largest sand beach. All Mackinaw City beachfront hotels have reported increased demand for lakefront rooms.
Mackinaw City - Golf Golf on Mackinaw City's Premiere Adventure Golf Courses and on 18 Hole Traditional Golf Courses in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island
Mackinaw City - Hiking
Easily accessible backcountry and seemingly endless cross country trails ensure Mackinaw City will always remain a nature lover's mecca.
Mackinaw City - Guides & Tours
Professionally guided old fashioned trolley tours in Mackinaw City focus on the dynamic intersections between the area's unique cultural history, commerce, and abundant natural wonders.
Mackinaw City - Kids Water Fun
Mackinaw City has 50,000 square feet of Indoor/Outdoor Water Parks with slides, climbing ropes, water cannons, and much more. (Pirate's Adventure Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark, Emerald Cove Indoor Waterpark, and Cast-Away-Bay Indoor Waterpark) Mackinaw City is one of the most kid-friendly Summer Resort Towns in Mackinaw City.
Mackinaw City - Jet Skiing
When the Mackinaw City water beckons, fire up a water sled to play in deep waves stashes and glass like hidden coves. All beaches are within walking distance of downtown Mackinaw City and the famous Dixie Saloon.
Mackinaw City - Parasailing
Work up an appetite the old-fashioned way by touring Mackinaw City's natural beauty hanging from a parasail 300 feet in the air above the water.
Mackinaw City - Sightseeing on Foot or Bicycle
For low-impact, slow-and-steady exploration, try walking around Mackinaw City's and Mackinac Island's foot paths or biking where you will see unrivaled Natural Beauty and famous Historic Sites, like the Mackinac lighthouses, Arch Rock, Devil's Cave, the Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, Fort Michilimackinac, and Old Mill Creek.
Mackinaw City - Mackinac Island Lake Cruises
Ride up to three Ferries to Mackinac Island or take a Lighthouse Cruise aboard Shepler's Ferry. Take a majestic horse-drawn carriage ride on Mackinac Island and you'll understand why every one still prefers this ancient mode of transportation. Mackinaw City Summers are action packed from mild family fun to wild back country adventures.
Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island Nightlife and Local Cuisine
Go out on the Town with over 30 great Saloons and Restaurants. Enjoy Dinner at Famous eateries, like the Dixie Saloon, originally built in 1895. Enjoy the best Italian food North of the 45th Latitude at Nonna Lisa's Italian Restaurant. Dance until 2 a.m., enjoy Karaoke, and try over 300 Beers at the Mackinac Island Brewhouse.