Recent Mackinac County Articles

Native Americans, Settlers, Car Shows … St. Ignace, MI Turns 350!

PAID CONTENT As St. Ignace celebrates its 350th anniversary, we take a look back at its intriguing history—and where the city is heading in the...

Red Hot Best 2021: Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Real Estate Agents

Whether you’re looking for a waterfront property on Charlevoix’s Chain of Lakes or a quaint home in the heart of outdoor recreation in Grayling,...

5 Summer Cruises You Can’t Miss on the Straits of Mackinac

There's so much to see along the Straits of Mackinac, and the best way to experience it all is aboard a Star Line or Shepler's ferry cruise. From...

Red Hot Best 2021: 46 Best Above the Bridge

You voted and the results are in! From best brewery to place to get takeout, here are your 2021 Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners. Explore the...

St. Ignace is Home Base for Upper Peninsula Birdwatching

PAID CONTENT Make St. Ignace your home base for an Upper Peninsula birdwatching adventure. “This island right here is kind of a rookery this time of...

St. Ignace to Host Annual Car Show, New Cruises in June

PAID CONTENT Reimagined and all revved up, the beloved St. Ignace Car Show returns in June, plus a new series of cruises throughout the eastern U.P....

Find Where To Stay in Petoskey, Bay Harbor & Mackinac Island

In the storied Petoskey-Straits region, chances are your room will be historic and your campsite will be gorgeous. Explore our quick list of lodging...

Immerse Yourself in Nature at these 4 Northern Michigan Retreats

May’s vibrant colors are popping, and they’re calling to us—get outside and explore! Here are four Northern Michigan weekend trips with Airbnb...


Upcoming Northern Michigan Events

07may01octSmall Works Holiday Exhibition - Call For Entry(may 7) 9:00 am - (october 1) 5:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

28may(may 28)9:00 am19aug(aug 19)3:00 pmFood Is Art / Art Is Food(may 28) 9:00 am - (august 19) 3:00 pm Glen Arbor Arts Center

31may12:00 amAlden Dinky Doors"Dinky Doors" have appeared in Alden, Michigan!(may 31) 12:00 am Alden, Michigan

18jun(jun 18)10:00 am04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmPast Is Present: A Dart Featured Artist Retrospective(june 18) 10:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey

18jun(jun 18)10:00 am04sep(sep 4)5:00 pmBeneath the Moon and Under the Sun: Landscape Paintings by Heidi A. Marshall(june 18) 10:00 am - (september 4) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey

Mackinac Island Tips and Guides

10 Top Things To Do on Mackinac Island

What's New on Mackinac Island?

Fun Festivals on Mackinac Island

Tales of the Mackinac Island Ghost Tour

The Best Things To Do On Mackinac In One Day

Planning Your Mackinac Island Visit

Dog-Friendly Mackinac Island

Mackinac Straits Cruises From Sunsets to Lighthouses

Mackinac Region Videos

  • 5 Things To Do On A Mackinac Island Bike Ride
  • Mighty Mac Bridge Run
  • Mackinac Island Fall
  • How Do You Pronounce It? Mackinaw vs. Mackinac
  • A Day on Mackinac Island
  • Go Back to the Year 1776 at Fort Michilimackinac
  • Mackinac Island - Grand Hotel Kitchen
  • Biking Mackinac Island
  • The Beauty and Adventure of Winter on Mackinac Island

Wander St. Ignace

St. Ignace, Gateway to a UP Vacation

Launch Your Trip to Mackinac Island

Spend the 4th in St. Ignace

Family Camp Trip in Nearby Hiawatha National Forest

St. Ignace Videos

  • St. Ignace Car Show
  • Mighty Mac Bridge Run
  • St. Ignace Clan Park, The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Museum of Ojibwa Culture
  • St. Ignace Native American Festival
  • St. Ignace Winter Activities
  • 5 Things To Do On A Mackinac Island Bike Ride

what to do with Kids on Mackinac Island

Fun Mackinac Facts for Kids

Kids will have a great time on Mackinac Island or at Fort Michilimackinac even if they don’t know these fun—and sometimes gory—facts. But why not share some of the history, including links to terrific articles you can read together, so all of you get the very most out of a visit to the Mackinac Straits region?

Mackinac Island Forts Where History Comes Alive

Mackinac Island is home to two historic forts: Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. A visit to these extraordinarily well-preserved sites is about as close to a marching order as you’ll get during your vacation.

Five Free Stops on a Mackinac Island Bike Ride

Explore Arch Rock and British Landing, take a swim and take in the view all on your Mackinac Island bike ride.

Butterfly House, Carriage Rides and More

Step into a beautiful oasis where butterflies of every type fly free and often settle upon you or your little one. Then grab some fudge and take a carriage ride around the island.

Tips for Rock Hunting

Northern Michigan beaches are a known paradise for rock hunters. Use these tips and set your kids loose on the Mackinac Island shoreline and relish the treasures found.

Fudge! A Mackinac Island Must

Mackinac Island discovered a long time ago that it has the perfect climate for making fudge and the island has never looked back. Take your kids to watch fudge being made, then find a beautiful spot to dig in!

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