Mackinac Island Information

Mackinac Island is the most popular tourist destination in the State of Michigan. Commonly misspelled as Mackinaw Island, the properly formatted "Mackinac" is pronounced as "Mackinaw." As the only place where motorized vehicles are not allowed, it's Victorian Mansions and tranquil pace, punctuated with horse drawn carriages and bicycles, will transport you to a time long ago.

Location & History

Located in Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Home to Native American settlements in the 17th century, it's location was strategically part of the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade. This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812.

The rich history of the Straits of Mackinac is in evidence here with Mackinac Island's many historic buildings and forts on display. Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony in the late 19th century. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration, resulting in the entire island being listed as a National Historic Landmark. Mackinac Island is well known for its numerous cultural events, wide variety of architectural styles and it's spectacular fudge. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.


A one-of-a-kind community where motor vehicles are not allowed means there is no ferry equipped to transport motor vehicles. Instead, explore Mackinac Island's breathtaking beauty with a chauffeured carriage tour. The livery stables put horses n' carriages at your beck and call. If live transportation is not your style, you have your choice of bicycle rentals to find just the ride to suit your fancy.

Mackinac Island is just a short 15 minute ferry ride across Lake Huron. Open daily from mid-May to mid-October. There is no camping allowed in this State Historic Park. Suggested visit time of 6-8 hours. Plan your visit to Mackinac Island with information, reviews and comments by using the links below:

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