Mackinaw City

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Mackinaw City which includes general coastal views, heritage architecture and a lighthouse

This small village in Michigan offers visitors historic reenactments, outdoor recreation and interesting day trips.

Despite its name, Mackinaw City is actually a village of around 1,000 inhabitants. Its population increases dramatically, however, in the summer months when visitors come to enjoy historical re-enactments, sample local wine and enjoy water sports such as parasailing, yachting and fishing.

Start your visit with a trip to Historic Mill Creek. Watch as actors dressed in period costumes work a water-powered mill to cut lumber. More history is on offer at Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Step into an old-style fort, meet redcoats and watch as muskets are fired by British soldiers. The Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum is housed in the ship of the same name, and here visitors can explore the mess deck and engine room.

Mackinaw City also offers plenty of modern entertainment, much of it outdoors. The city is located on the banks of Lake Huron and is an excellent destination for water sports, such as parasailing and yachting. Fishing is another popular pastime. Take your pick from many angling spots, including French Farm Lake and Bois Blanc Island.

Seafood is a specialty of the area and many establishments offer the local produce in buffets and seasonal meals. Wine fans should visit Garden Bay Winery, while those with a sweet tooth will love the town’s range of fudge shops.

Getting around Mackinaw City is easy as most sites in the village can be reached on foot. Because Mackinaw City is quite small, it’s often a good idea to include side excursions with your visit to the village. Mackinac Island is a quick ride away and is common day trip for visitors, although you might want to stay there for a night or two. Ferries operate regularly during the summer. Wilderness rail trips to Agawa Canyon also make a popular one-day excursion.

Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront
Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront
3 out of 5
701 S Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
The price is AU$136 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Mackinaw City hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lake Huron and Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal. Lake Michigan is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,018 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on 15 Nov. 2021

Hamilton Inn Select Beachfront
Best Western Plus Dockside Waterfront Inn
Best Western Plus Dockside Waterfront Inn
2.5 out of 5
505 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
Situated in Mackinaw City, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Animal Tracks Adventure Golf and Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal. Lake Michigan is 2.9 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (936 reviews)

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

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Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
364 N Louvingney St, Nwq I-75 & Sinclair Road, Mackinaw City, MI
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The price is AU$150 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
Located in the heart of Mackinaw City, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fort Michilimackinac State Historic Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mackinaw City ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"My daughter and I enjoyed the three nights we spent at the hotel. The room and the hotel were quiet and very clean. Breakfast was good. The hotel is in an excellent location, making it easy to drive or walk to most places of interest. The staff was very friendly. I would not hesitate to stay at this ..."

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2021

Holiday Inn Express Mackinaw City, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
10604 Steve Dr, Mackinaw City, MI
The price is AU$1,783 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Huron and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal. Jack Pine Lumberjack Show ...
3/5 (9 reviews)
What I expected! Great stay!
"Good time"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2021

Beachfront Cabin on Straits of Mackinac
Cabins of Mackinaw
Cabins of Mackinaw
2.5 out of 5
712 South Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
Located in the heart of Mackinaw City, this beach cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Lake Huron and Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal. Lake Michigan is 3 mi (4.9 ...
2.8/5 (494 reviews)
"Room was under redo, light bulbs out , bath tub in need of caulking and shabby door and surroundings.. water park across from room had open door and loud noise.. not what we expected when we made reservations.."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Cabins of Mackinaw
Downtown Condo with free boat dockage, close to ferry to Mackinac Island
Downtown Condo with free boat dockage, close to ferry to Mackinac Island
618 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
The price is AU$1,847 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
This family-friendly Mackinaw City condo is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Animal Tracks Adventure Golf and Mackinaw City Ferry Terminal. Lake Michigan ...
2.7/5 (10 reviews)
A very good visit
"Everything was fine….only negative was we had missed the fact there is no cable/satellite service listed in the ad…that was a minor disappointment, but it is clearly mentioned in the ad……the living area is very large, really nice shower, nice kitchen appliances …a very good stay"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2021

Downtown Condo with free boat dockage, close to ferry to Mackinac Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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