7463 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI, USA
7245 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI, USA
7340 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI, USA
Historic Mackinac Island is located on the east end of the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas in beautiful Lake Huron. Incorporating 3.8 square miles, it was named Michilimackinac meaning “Great Turtle” by its original Native American inhabitants. It was home to an Odawa settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century, and it served as a strategic center in the Great Lakes fur trade, which led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island, including Fort Mackinac, has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles and its ban on almost all motor vehicles.
Originally the United States’ second national park, Mackinac became a Michigan State Park in 1895. Eighty percent of the Island is within the confines of the park, most of it in its natural condition to be enjoyed by horse- drawn sight-seeing carriage or taxi, bicycle or on foot.
A great variety of historic and natural resources provides something of interest for every Mackinac Island visitor. Historic landmarks, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rock formations, quiet forests and inspiring nature trails are just minutes away from a bustling downtown where visitors will find beautiful accommodations, excellent dining, entertainment, and, of course, Ryba’s Fudge