Mackinac Island Tour
Mackinac Island, MI is a unique vacation spot
boasting fine dining, historic sites, and exciting attractions.
The jewel of the Great Lakes. Enjoy beautiful vistas, shopping, and carriage rides during the day, and watch the
city transform at night with its happening music and bar scene. Mackinac Island has something for everyone.
Mackinac Island State Park For sheer, intense beauty and grandeur, the Mackinac State Park is one of Mother Nature's most awe-inspiring treasures. Encompassing over 80% of Mackinac Island, the park offers the following attractions.
Fort Mackinac during the American Revolution, the British captured the Fort in the very first engagement on American soil in the War of 1812. Inside, 14 original buildings, cannon salutes, bugle music, daily reenactments, and interactive displays speak of America's infancy. Located on a bluff that overlooks the entrancing Straits of Mackinac. Tours, exhibits and demonstrations.
Fort Holmes After the British and their allies captured Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812, they quickly built a small outpost and called it Fort George. When the Americans regained the Fort by treaty at the end of the War of 1812, it was renamed Fort Holmes after the American Major Andrew Hunter Holmes who succumbed to wounds during a futile attempt to retake the Fort from the British in 1814.
Original Butterfly House and Insect World This 1800 sq ft
tropical garden is filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents and is the 3rd oldest
live butterfly exhibit in the United States.
Sail Away on Grand Traverse Bay!
SAIL AWAY ON GRAND TRAVERSE BAY! Tall Ship Manitou and Sailing Yacht Scout
Come and join us for a relaxing, entertaining, two hour cruise aboard the schooner Manitou. The ship sails three times daily from her dock on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. Once clear of the dock, guests are invited to help set Manitou’s 3000 square feet of sail, the engine is shut off, and the ship glides along under wind power alone. There is no set route, no destination, no hurry. Wind and waves alone will determine our course during the voyage, the expert captain and crew guiding the ship to provide you with the best possible experience. You can sit back and take it all in, or become involved with the sailing of the vessel, assisting the crew with the lines or perhaps even taking a turn at the wheel if conditions allow.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a breathtaking symphony of water, sky and towering sand dunes on our Lake Michigan shoreline. Part of the national park system since 1970, Sleeping Bear is one of America's most profoundly beautiful landscapes: a 64-mile curve of sweeping vistas, miles of perfect freshwater beaches, forested wilderness islands, miles of hiking trails and the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, is a multi-use pathway that will run for 27 miles from the northern end of the park to a point just south of Empire.
Old Mission Point Park
Old Mission Peninsula is 20-mile long finger that splits Grand Traverse Bay in half and is best known for its cherry orchards and vineyards. But at the tip of it are a pair of parks that combine for 650 acres on the 45th Parallel, include a historic lighthouse and are laced by almost 10 miles of trails.
The 120-acre Lighthouse Park preserves the very tip of the peninsula and is home to Mission Point Lighthouse. Built in 1870, the lighthouse lies halfway between the North Pole and the Equator and for 63 years warned mariners of the rocky and dangerous waters at the north end of the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. In 1933, it was replaced with an automatic buoy light just offshore and in 2008 re-opened as a museum. Adjoining Lighthouse Park to the south is the 520-acre Old Mission Point Park. Much of this land were cherry orchards before the state purchased the acreage in the 1980s. Eventually the land was leased to Peninsula Township which developed the current trail system, merging the existing trails in Lighthouse Park with new segments in Old Mission Point Park. Three trailheads serve the interconnecting trails with the most popular one by far being Lighthouse Park within a stone's throw of the historic lighthouse.
This hike, a 5-mile loop through both parks, is a mix of foot paths and
old two-tracks that passes through a variety of terrain and scenery, including both the West Arm and the
East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, before returning to Mission Point Lighthouse.