Recent Mackinac County Articles

Land for All: Celebrating 50 Years of Little Traverse Conservancy

This year, Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) celebrates half a century of land protection and preservation across its five-county service area in...

Red Hot Best Weddings: 2022 Winners for Best Wedding Venues

Say “I do” to lakeside ceremonies and lush garden receptions that will make your Northern Michigan wedding unforgettable. From elegant vineyards on...

Red Hot Best Lodging: 2022 Winners for Best Hotel, Inn, Resort, B&B

Feel at home on your vacation Up North! From elegant Victorian-era inns to contemporary resorts, relax and recharge for all of your Northern...

From Our Cellar 2022: What to Drink This Month in Northern Michigan

Every month, Traverse Magazine’s Culinary Columnist Stacey Brugeman asks Northern Michigan beverage experts what they’re drinking. In “From Our...

Red Hot Best Gifts: 2022 Winners for Best Jewelry, Gift & Pet Stores

Take the beauty of Northern Michigan wherever you go! From elegant jewelry to quirky knickknacks to pet items, find something for all  your loved...

Red Hot Best Outdoors: 2022 Winners for Hiking, Kayaking & Beaches

Whether on dirt paths or playing in the waves, there are endless ways to enjoy Northern Michigan’s outstanding outdoors! Explore the 2022 Red Hot...

Tour the Mackinac Bridge by Kayak with this St. Ignace Guide

Paddling underneath the Mackinac Bridge—and crossing from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron—deserves a spot at the top of your Michigan summer bucket...

Red Hot Best Breakfast: 2022 Winners for Bakery, Coffee Shop & Restaurant

It’s always a good morning with local breakfasts and brews! From delectable donuts to beautiful brunches, start your day in Northern Michigan the...

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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

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

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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!