Nine Things To Do On Mackinac Island To Make Your Visit Memorable

What’s a summer in Northern Michigan without a visit Mackinac Island? Most visitors only get a few days on the island, so here is our list of must-dos to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

Bike the island

The island’s original 1898 ban on cars was looking out for the livelihood of carriage drivers—but it opened the door for bicycle culture to flourish, too. Biking Mackinac’s eight-mile perimeter is a sweet way to explore the landmarks, all with the sparkling Straits at your side. Find the bike rental shops near the ferry docks downtown. MACKINACISLAND.ORG.

Tour the Governor’s summer home

Originally built as a private summer cottage, this pristine Victorian mansion was sold to the State in the 1940s and converted to be used as the governor’s summer residence. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open for free public tours every Wednesday throughout the summer.


Candymakers here have been whipping up this sweet confection since the late 1800s. Most of today’s fudge vendors still use the time-honored, labor-intensive technique of paddling the warm, liquid fudge on marble slabs until it cools. A slice or two is the ultimate souvenir.

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