What to do
Carriage tours A classic horse-drawn carriage ride gives a good overview of the island’s southern end. Hire a horse-drawn taxi or sign on with Jack’s Livery Stable; you can drive a rented horse and buggy outside the downtown area. (906) 847-3391; jacksliverystable.com. Other business offering carriage rides include Grand Hotel (grandhotel.com) and Mackinac Island Carriage Tours (mict.com).
Mackinac State Historic Parks The best family deal is a $75 season-long membership, which includes admission for two adults and any of their children or grandchildren to these top-notch sites: Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 1770s fort and fur-trading village, and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City; Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, a reconstructed 1800s sawmill and nature park south of Mackinaw City; and Fort Mackinac and six nearby sites on Mackinac Island. Plan to spend at least a half day at each fort and a couple of hours at Mill Creek. See reviews and ratings. (231) 436-4100; mackinacparks.com
Mackinaw Crossings In Mackinaw City, a complex of more than 50 shops and eateries makes a good rainy-day or evening stop. Stick around for free nightly laser light shows. (231) 436-5030; mackinawcrossings.com
Woods and Water Ecotours Beginners are welcome on hiking, biking and kayaking trips. In Hessel. (906) 484-4157; woodswaterecotours.com
Where to eat
Bessie’s Original Homemade Pasties The St. Ignace cafe claims a loyal following for its hearty traditional meat pies. Sandwiches and ice cream are also available. See reviews and ratings. (906) 643-8487; bessiesoriginalhomemadepasties.com
Woods Run by the Grand Hotel, this Bavarian-style lodge serves dinner. (906) 847-3331; grandhotel.com
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