Mackinac Island State Park
Mackinac Island State Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Michigan's first state park. This is Mackinac Island State Park, a landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical geological formations. With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you’ll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac. Whether visiting this island parkland by foot, bike, horseback, or carriage, these many majestic geological wonders and unique historical monuments are visual treasures found only here—on the island sacred to the Ojibwa and Odawa Great Lakes Indian tribes. According to them, this is where life began. You’re invited to discover why. This is Mackinac.
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Travel25346533585
893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Mackinac Island State Park is a Hidden Treasure. Most people have never even heard of Mackinac Island, let alone it's Wonderful State Park. Mackinac Island does not allow any Motorvehicles.
Getting areound is either walking, a Bicycle, and Horse and Buggy.
To get to Mackinac Island you must take a Ferry.
The State Park is Beautiful and the day we visited I even was able to swim in the Lake.
Written 29 March 2024
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Hello! We are so happy that you had a good time here at the Mackinac Island State Park. Thank you for spending your day with us and we hope to see you back again soon!
Written 6 June 2024
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Lisa L
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We brought our bicycles to the island and biked the circumference road. Along the way there were little pull overs and informational stands about the history and culture of the native tribes that originally inhabited the area.
Written 16 September 2023
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Bill S
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Many if not most of the reviews of Mackinac get right to manure. We found the smell of manure to be overpowering. But, this is in the tourist areas. If you make a beeline up the hill for the State Park and navigate to the hiking trails you can have a great experience, and we did. Pro tip for hikers. Bring your own lunch and avoid the crowds waiting alongside manured streets to get food in town. We took our pack lunch up to the Fort then hiked to Arch Rock and back to town along the coast, all on trails where the horse-driven trams and buggies could not go. Renting a bike is a pain and you would really have to get far from town to escape the trams and their leavings. We had a great time.
Written 3 August 2023
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SCRUFFY V
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Trip planner:
Pay for ferry , OVER pay to rent bike , pay for carriage ride , OVERpay for room , OVERpay for food and drink. Buy fudge, Buy more fudge , OVERpay for museum, Enjoy a**holes to elbows crowding . Pay for ferry to get the Phlukk off the island.
Breathe sigh of relief that you will never to visit fudgyville island again .
Written 31 July 2023
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chicagotoots
Naples, FL765 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Third trip to the Island .. all at different seasons of life…from young honeymooners, middle aged adults, now seniors on a multigenerational day trip. Very crowded in July, cruise ships in port, waits everywhere. The biggest disappointment was the banning of e-bikes except for class 1 with a disability as my husband and I both have e-bikes and planned to ride with our daughter and grands around the Island…a trip we did 51 years ago on our honeymoon. He can no longer walk distances but rides his e-bike daily. Our trip was already planned and ferry to take the bikes paid when we found this law and decided to go but were not able to join the rest of the family on the bike ride or even go to the Fort as he could not walk up the hill to the entry. Unfortunate law in an attempt to maintain the history of the Island at the detriment to those who have mobility issues.
Written 18 July 2023
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Joe M
Texarkana, Texas309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
A beautiful place and great place to be in the summer. We enjoyed the scenery in the more remote areas. I would recommend touring by bicycle. My wife and I enjoyed the tandem bike around the island with stops along the way. Hiking is enjoyable. the folks at the bicycle rental were friendly and helpful. But
Written 13 July 2023
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Littleone722
Sodus, MI59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Great little island. Obviously touristy, but it’s quaint and cute and unique. We explored the interior of the island by hiking scenic and easy trails. Was so peaceful and you could smell the cedar wood at times. Sugar Loaf was a neat rock formation. This was a nice get away from the busy main streets. I highly recommend hiking here.

Main streets- horses and bicycles all over; so fun! We’re pretty sensitive to smells in my family, and the island main streets did not bother us much at all. There are workers constantly cleaning and hosing things down. Sure, you have to watch your step sometimes, but when heading to an island full of horses, that’s pretty obvious.

To avoid super crowds and long wait times- go on a weekday, or off season, or eat at random times. We got into the Pink Pony with eight of us in 20 minutes at 3:00 pm on a Tuesday in the summer. It’s not hard to enjoy touristy places with a little bit of planning and less popular eating times. And this island and state park are totally awesome and unique!

Can’t wait to go back.
Written 4 July 2023
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Redheroninn
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It was shoulder-to-shoulder crowded. People bumping into you. The din of noise from the sheer number of people talking OUTDOORS was unbearable. You couldn’t be heard talking to your family walking down the sidewalk. The horse feces made tiny mountains in the pedestrian/bike only streets. The horse urine puddled at the curb. Little rivers of standing urine everywhere. The first thing I said stepping off the ferry was “this place stinks.” The smell of horse sewage competes with the sugary smell of fudge to be the winning odor of Mackinac Island. Lines to rent bicycles were an hour long. Bike rental for four hours for a family of four would cost $250. Carriage tours were $50 a person. The Grand Hotel charges $10 a person to enter the grounds even if you are eating at an on-site restaurant. We did not pay for any of these things because this is not my first day on earth. Lines for every restaurant were over an hour- we finally got 3 mediocre subs with chips and one fountain drink for (with tip) $70. We were there two hours, an hour of that was fighting for the right to purchase overpriced crappy food. I wouldn’t go back if the trip was free. The best part of the day was the ferry ride home. Good things? Clean bathrooms at the visitors center, refillable filtered water station at visitors center, ferry service to and fro was impeccable. Do yourself a favor and go to Martha’s Vineyard for less tourists. If buildings have a legal limit for fire codes, Mackinac should too and it was well over capacity for the safety and comfort of all. Maybe go off-season?
Written 3 July 2023
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cminogue130
Shohola, PA42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Anyone that is sensitive to smell should stay away. The smell of urine smacks you right in the face. So crowded its unsafe. Bicycles, people, dogs, carriages not paying mind to horse drawn carriages. Someone actually got trampled and air lifted out. The island is beautiful and during off season it's probably amazing but definitely not a relaxing day for me. Didn't stay long. The ferry service was very good and enjoyed the ride.
Written 24 June 2023
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Amy B
Belpre, OH155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We’ve been wanting to come here for years! We only had one day, but we made the most of it and definitely intend to return. Such a peaceful way to spend a day!
Written 20 June 2023
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