Mackinac Island State Park
Mackinac Island State Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
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
    Hidden Natural Park
    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.
    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 June 6, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Lisamarie L
    Madison, Wisconsin920 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, quaint island with history and beautiful views
    This is one of my favorite places. I've been a few times as a child/young adult, and have always wanted to be here for the Lilac Festival (my favorite flower) so this past June I came with my husband, kids as well as my mom and sister. To get the obvious out of the way - yes, it is touristy, can be crowded and some things are more expensive. I personally think it is worth it to save up and stay in one of the nice inns/hotels on the island for a few days as that gives you some breathing room and it's also nice to enjoy the island in the morning/evening when the hordes of day trippers aren't there. We also were able to eat leftovers/quick meals which saved some money. My son is sensitive to smells and a few times noticed the horse smell, but otherwise it wasn't that bad. They are pretty responsive to cleaning it up. Some of my favorite things to do are bike around the island (gorgeous), hike to Arch Rock, hike around the bluffs near the fort and Mission Point and get views of the Bridge. If you come in May/June the lilacs are AMAZING. There are 200 varieties all over the island. There are also a lot of interesting historic exhibits as this island was an intersection of Native, French, British and American cultures. The Fort is worth visiting. The Butterfly House is a nice rainy day activity. The Grand Hotel and its secret garden are worth a visit. Food wise, it is pricy and I did find most of the menus fairly similar and this is not what I would consider a foodie destination, but if you like whitefish that is fantastic here. There is also a LOT of fudge (which, ironically, I don't really like, except in ice cream!) so try at least a sample! If you can go off peak, it will probably be a calmer experience.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 29, 2024
  • embeyfar
    Salt Lake City, Utah94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's all beautiful; you can't go wrong
    This was so beautiful! We enjoyed a carriage ride into the state park, biking around the island and part of the state park, and hiking into the state park up to the crack in the island, too! I think the hiking and biking might have been our favorite parts of our stay. To get the crack, we followed Troop 327's instructions (along with Google to Cave of the Woods, which is right nearby the crack. Google currently says the cave is "closed," but we don't know what that meant as you can just go and look at it): "From the Barracks: Go left on the road behind the Barracks to its end and continue on British Landing Road. Pass the airport, go left on State Road, and take a dirt trail on the left." Be aware that there is lots of poison ivy on the island. It doesn't grow much where we live, but thanks to Google, we were able to easily know what to watch out for! We got our bikes from both Ryba's and Mackinac Island Bike Shop. Both shops have good bikes, but I'd say Ryba's is a little cheaper. However, Ryba's doesn't have adult trikes, which was a must for someone recovering from two sprained ankles (me).
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 29, 2024
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Richard B
Leland, NC316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
My wife has always wanted to go to Mackinac Island and see the Grand Hotel. We did it and other than the hotel, which you pay $12 each just to walk around, the island was slightly disappointing. There were lots of people coming off different ferries and flooding the town. There were about 15 fudge shops and the rest seemed to sell souvenirs. There were restaurants too. The carriage ride was okay. Would not return, been there done it.
Written July 12, 2024
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Terri R
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We visited July 2nd with our family for the first time in quite a few years. While beautiful, it was hard to appreciate because the crowds were oppressive. We had to walk single file in many areas. Getting into a restaurant was impossible. People were shoulder to shoulder. Making the experience even more frustrating was the huge Viking ship (not a river cruiser) anchored offshore. The island was well over capacity if there is even one.
Written July 10, 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to review. This review certainly sounds like more of a review of the City of Mackinac Island rather than Mackinac Island State Park (restaurants are all located in the business district). I assure you, the park had several areas that were quiet and away from the crowds. The cruise ships, while seeming huge, typically have about 225 people on them, less than a full ferry boat coming to Mackinac Island. Thank you, and we hope you give Mackinac Island State Park another try soon.
Written July 11, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

embeyfar
Salt Lake City, UT94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This was so beautiful! We enjoyed a carriage ride into the state park, biking around the island and part of the state park, and hiking into the state park up to the crack in the island, too! I think the hiking and biking might have been our favorite parts of our stay.

To get the crack, we followed Troop 327's instructions (along with Google to Cave of the Woods, which is right nearby the crack. Google currently says the cave is "closed," but we don't know what that meant as you can just go and look at it):

"From the Barracks: Go left on the road behind the Barracks to its end and continue on British Landing Road. Pass the airport, go left on State Road, and take a dirt trail on the left."

Be aware that there is lots of poison ivy on the island. It doesn't grow much where we live, but thanks to Google, we were able to easily know what to watch out for!

We got our bikes from both Ryba's and Mackinac Island Bike Shop. Both shops have good bikes, but I'd say Ryba's is a little cheaper. However, Ryba's doesn't have adult trikes, which was a must for someone recovering from two sprained ankles (me).
Written June 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lisamarie L
Madison, WI920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is one of my favorite places. I've been a few times as a child/young adult, and have always wanted to be here for the Lilac Festival (my favorite flower) so this past June I came with my husband, kids as well as my mom and sister.

To get the obvious out of the way - yes, it is touristy, can be crowded and some things are more expensive. I personally think it is worth it to save up and stay in one of the nice inns/hotels on the island for a few days as that gives you some breathing room and it's also nice to enjoy the island in the morning/evening when the hordes of day trippers aren't there. We also were able to eat leftovers/quick meals which saved some money. My son is sensitive to smells and a few times noticed the horse smell, but otherwise it wasn't that bad. They are pretty responsive to cleaning it up.

Some of my favorite things to do are bike around the island (gorgeous), hike to Arch Rock, hike around the bluffs near the fort and Mission Point and get views of the Bridge. If you come in May/June the lilacs are AMAZING. There are 200 varieties all over the island. There are also a lot of interesting historic exhibits as this island was an intersection of Native, French, British and American cultures. The Fort is worth visiting. The Butterfly House is a nice rainy day activity. The Grand Hotel and its secret garden are worth a visit.

Food wise, it is pricy and I did find most of the menus fairly similar and this is not what I would consider a foodie destination, but if you like whitefish that is fantastic here. There is also a LOT of fudge (which, ironically, I don't really like, except in ice cream!) so try at least a sample!

If you can go off peak, it will probably be a calmer experience.
Written June 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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 March 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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 June 6, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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 September 16, 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 August 3, 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 July 31, 2023
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chicagotoots
Naples, FL791 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 July 18, 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 July 13, 2023
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