Mackinaw City Attractions & Entertainment
Accurately, professionally restored 18th and 19th century British and U.S. military outpost with 14 original historic buildings. National Historic Landmark founded in 1780. Abandoned by the military, the fort became part of Michigan's first state park, Mackinac Island State Park, in 1895. From 1875-1895 it was America's second national park, Mackinac National Park, after Yellowstone. Accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open daily, mid-May to mid-Oct.
Garlyn Zoological Park
Experience the wild in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula only 40 minutes west of teh Mackinac Bridge on US 2. See cougar, bear, wolves, river otter, camel, wallaby, reindeer, and more!
Great Lakes School of Wooden Boat Building
The Great Lakes Boat Building School, located in the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands of northern Michigan, offers a diverse program designed “to teach quality wooden boat building skills, to preserve craftsmanship and continue our Great Lakes heritage”. From summer workshops to a full-time, nine month curriculum, the school will feature classes in basic woodworking, joinery, basic design and lofting, restoration, repair, small craft construction, and modern day materials and techniques.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Exhibits tell the stories of wrecked ships & lives lost on the Great Lakes. Highlights include Edmund Fitzgerald memorial featuring the ship's bell, 1861 Lightkeeper's Quarters, Theater, Museum Store & sweeping views of the Shipwreck Coast.
Family Fun attraction. Screaming Fun for Everyone
Headlands International Dark Sky Park
The Headlands became an International Dark Sky Park in May of 2011, one of the first 10 in the entire world! What it means: The sky over the 600 acre Headlands park will be protected from the effects of light pollution, forever! Stargazers, astronomers, photographers and dark-sky enthusiasts visit the park knowing that they will have an undiluted night sky of the celestial wonders above. There are 2.5 miles of shoreline along this park, where visitors gather year round for programming and for independent stargazing. Headlands is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City; it is open every day, 24 hours a day, at no charge. Programs are held monthly and are also free.
Hessel Ridge Golf
Hessel Ridge Golf has taken its place as one of the most picturesque layouts in the Upper Peninsula. Its plush fairways, treelined boundaries and perfectly groomed greens accentuate the beauty of Hessel Ridge. The course is an 18 hole layout, set on a ridge above the town of Hessel. The rolling wooded layout provides a park-like setting for golfers of all skills. Power carts, pull carts and rental clubs are available. Hessel Ridge offers great grass, great views and great golf at reasonable rates.
Historic Downtown Mackinac Island
Once the hub of the bustling fur trade, Mackinac Island served as a commercial depot for half a century of fur trappers and traders.
Historic Mill Creek
Originally constructed by Scotsman Robert Campbell in the 1780s, Historic Mill Creek is one of the first industrial sites in the Great Lakes. A reconstructed 18th century water-powered sawmill is nestled in a 625-acre wooded setting with nature trails and forest management displays. Accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open daily mid-May through September.
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
USCG ICEBREAKER MACKINAW WAGB-83 "An American Hero Story". "The Queen of the Great Lakes" was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands of war materials and transportation during the winter months. Decommissioned in 2006, she now resides at her namesake home of Mackinaw City, Michigan, and is open for public tours and group events. Visit the Mess Deck, Engine Room, offices and more and hear the story of the Mackinaw's 62-year career breaking ice on the Great Lakes and serving as a goodwill ambassador throughout the region.