You’ve gorged on fudge, circled the island on a bike, visited Fort Mackinac and taken a carriage ride. Whew! But wait, there’s more to Mackinac Island. Check out these insider tips to round out your island escape.

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MANITOU TRAIL AND ARCH ROCK
Stroll Huron Road, past the grand Victorian cottages of East Bluff, to Manitou Trail. The trailhead is located shortly before Pottawatomie Road on the right-hand side. The short walk through the woods ends at Arch Rock, a popular rock formation on the island offering gorgeous views of Lake Huron.

STE. ANNE CATHOLIC CHURCH
This beautiful little church has a fascinating history that dates back to the 17th century. Visit the church’s “Images of Faith” museum with its baptismal, marriage and death records from as far back as 1695, and historic artifacts including the Marquette Chalice.

MILKSHAKES AT THE FORT
The best-kept secret at Fort Mackinac? Obviously not the boom of a canyon firing nor the crack of a musket. No, the best-kept secrets are the milkshakes at the Tea Room. Sip these thick, delish concoctions sitting under a yellow umbrella on the terrace with a view of the Straits unfurled below.

Mackinac Island Milkshake

Photo by Gail Snable

MISSION POINT MOVIE THEATER
This turn-of-the-century theater, with its handsome timber ceiling beams, is the only movie theater on the island. Catch classic and first-run movies on Monday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.

ANNE’S TABLET
Behind the Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum in Marquette Park, find a set of steep wooden stairs known as Crow’s Nest Trail. At the top, take a left onto Anne’s Tablet Trail. A few steps through the trees and you’ve reached Anne’s Tablet, a memorial plaque to Constance Fenimore Woolson, a 19th-century writer who wrote about the island.

mackinac island music in the park

Photo by Dave Weidner

Marquette Park on Mackinac Island.

Photo(s) by David Weidner