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Mackinaw City Articles

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...

Go Back in Time at These Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mackinac Island is home to two historic forts: Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. A visit to these extraordinarily well-preserved sites is about as...

How to Sip Like a Local: Petoskey Region Wine, Beer & Spirits

Spend a day (or a whole weekend) exploring the Petoskey region, and top off your summer adventures with a cold drink at a hip brewery, winery or...

10 Must-Do Insider Tips for Petoskey & Mackinac Straits

Explore 10 of our favorite ways to get up close and personal with this region of colorful history and bold natural beauty. From the Straits of...

Burt Lake Trail Moves Forward with Route to Mackinaw City

Explore Emmet and Cheboygan counties by foot, bike or hoof, thanks to this scenic trail connecting Burt Lake to Mackinaw City. Featured in the April...

Fire Historic Guns Across the Straits at Colonial Michilimackinac

Imagine it: Colonial Michilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, is emptying out at the end of another big day and you have the place to yourself. You make...

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Explore Mackinaw City

Things to Do in Mackinaw City

The Incredible Excavation at Fort Michilimackinac

Keeping the Mighty Mac Bridge Mighty

14 Lighthouses to Check Out in the Mackinac Region

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

24mayAll Day24julArt Exhibit | Essential Cargo: Explorations in Hand-Built CeramicUsing hand-built techniques, bold colors, and nontraditional ceramic textures, Leipski aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia, whimsy, and the surreal.(All Day) Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

24may11:00 am24jul5:00 pmArt Exhibit | Passionate Reality: Life in Full ColorThrough the imaginative colors and bold brush strokes of six Northern Michigan artists, Passionate Reality: Life in Full Color presents a world that is full of life, energy, vibrancy, and passion.(may 24) 11:00 am - (july 24) 5:00 pm Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City

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

Visit Mackinac Island

What's New on Mackinac Island This Summer

Insider's Guide to Mackinac Island (As If You Lived There!)

Mackinaw City Region Outdoors

Mackinaw City Beaches & Parks To Fit Any Mood

Bike Mackinaw City to Petoskey

Mackinaw City Restaurants, Trails, Craft Drinks & More

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Mackinaw City Restaurants and Craft Drink

30 Best Things In the Mackinaw City Region

A Worthy Last Brewery Stop Before the Bridge

Up North Kids

Summer Camps for Kids

These Northern Michigan summer camps embrace a love of the outdoors and the arts.

Endless Summer Family Fun

There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. 

Best Beaches For Kids

We asked our readers to share their favorite spots to take young children to cool off (bonus points for places with playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic tables). These are their picks for best Northern Michigan beaches for kids.

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Traverse City (even on rainy days!)

From exploring the Children's Museum to family-friendly wineries, Traverse City offers endless options for kids and families!

Best Biking For Kids

Sometimes difficult terrain or cars zipping by can make riding too difficult for kids. Read on for our picks of the best Northern Michigan bike trails for kids.

Make It a Day on Mackinac Island

Forts, fudge, biking the island and horse-drawn carriage rides. It's kid heaven...and parents love it, too!

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

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