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Mackinac Island is a beautiful destination on Lake Huron, referred to as the ‘Jewel of Lake Huron’. It’s surrounded by luscious green forests, calm lake waters, and scenic views. It’s a popular holiday destination in Michigan, and driving a car is mostly prohibited on the island since 1898. More than 80% of the island is deemed as a national park; expect to be welcomed by beautiful evergreen sceneries. Its friendly and laid back community and surrounding are perfect to explore on by bike, boat, kayak, and on foot. Most tourists love to tour the island on a romantic horse-driven carriage. Here are some of the best places to visit in Mackinac Island.

Arch Rock

Constant hampering of sea water and gusts of wind took thousands of years to form this magnificent Arch Rock. It’s a natural rock formation located near the east side coastline of Mackinac Island. Measuring about fifty foot at its widest, and stands about 146 feet above water level. The Arch Rock is a natural beauty formed from a soft limestone rock that slowly erodes leaving behind the harder breccia rock. The best way to view Arch Rock is thru the Arch Rock Road or Lake Shore Road. But traversing it while on a bike thru Arch Rock Bicycle Trail is a popular activity to see this unique rock formation.

There are many urban legends and myths surrounding the arch. According to Native Americans beliefs, the arch has many superpowers. Instead of avoiding the place, tourists flock to see this amazing rock formation and its popularity grew steadily over the years.

Historic Downtown

Another popular tourist destination, Downtown Mackinac has a lot of historic attractions. The Biddle House has exhibits showing domestic life in Mackinac Island. The nearby Benjamin Blacksmith Shop used can teach the younger generations of blacksmith technique. Tourists are encouraged to stop by at the McGulpin House and learn about the famous William McGulpin who used to work for the American Fur Company at the height of the fur trade in the country. At the end of the tour, tourists can discover a peculiar case of Alex St. Martin, a Canadian explorer whose stomach became a testing ground for many medical experiments due to his injury.

Fort Mackinac

Constructed in 1780, Fort Mackinac was a reconstructed Victorian court to educate visitors about the history of Mackinac Island. The tour includes the Historic Downtown Mackinac, Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, Biddle House, American Fur Company, Mission Church, and Dr. William Beaumont Memorial Museum. It features a very rustic French-Canadian design and architecture. There’s so much to see and kids will surely love how they present this very monumental history of the fort.

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World

Everybody in the family will love these colorful flutters of The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World. Kids will enjoy mingling in these tiny creatures’ magical world and learning about their life cycle. With hundreds of butterflies delivered weekly, it’s the 3rd oldest live butterfly exhibit in the country. There are plenty of varieties flying about in this garden, with colorful wings and lovely environment it’s a sure win to get those little hearts pumping with delight. See the little crawly bugs at their Butterfly House and you can easily spend hours looking at their colorful displays of insects and other creepy crawlies. The best part of the tour is getting your butterfly identification chart which kids can take home as a souvenir for their little adventure.

Hop on a bike

Since most of the island prohibits driving a car, take this opportunity to ride a bike around the area. You can either bring your own bike or rent one from many bicycle shops in the area. Mackinac Island is the perfect place and safest place to ride one. Follow the M-185 route which runs along the beautiful shorelines of Lake Huron and has a total ban on motorized vehicles.  There are plenty of stops along the way to rest your legs, have a quick snack, or just enjoy the scenery. Most tourist recommends having this half-day activity to explore the island. For the brave hearts, be sure to visit some of the historic cemeteries along the route.

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