Clarion Hotel Beachfront
905 S. Huron
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone: (231) 436-5539
Fax: (231) 436-7107
Having undergone a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the Straits State Harbor is used by recreational boaters and water enthusiasts alike. Picnic area, public barbecues, and showers are provided. Spend a day out on the lake with the family or friends at this outdoor venue.
The Spectacle Reef Light is a historic lighthouse overlooking the Lake Huron in Michigan. Operational since 1874, the lighthouse is said to be one of the most well engineered lighthouses on the Great Lakes. This monolithic limestone was built to aid navigation along the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes. The lighthouse has since been automated and is now closed to the public. It is also far from the shore and one needs a private boat to even get close to the structure. However, the Great Lakes Light Keepers' Association organizes a yearly tour of the lighthouse, where visitors can get closer to it by boat.
Within walking distance of downtown shopping, theaters, fine restaurants, churches and banks, the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina is open from May through October. Restrooms, showers, laundry and picnic facilities are available.
The Mackinaw Area Public Library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays.
Guiding wayward ships through the Straits of Mackincac from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ensured vessels safety from 1890 until it was decommissioned in 1957. The tower is approximately 58 feet (17 meters) tall and features a fourth-order Fresnel lens, which can be seen up to 16 miles (25 kilometers) away. Visitors can learn more about the rich history of this lighthouse through one of the many walking tours offered every 15 minutes throughout the day.
One million treasured artifacts from this 1770
Connecting the Upper and Lower Lake Michigan Peninsulas, the Mackinac Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge in the world. Spanning a total of 26,372 feet, the bridge connects Mackinac City and St Ignace.
Watch a reconstructed working, water-powered sawmill cut lumber and hand-sawing demonstrations and enjoy three-miles of nature trails, reconstructed historical buildings, interactive exhibits and a climbing wall at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, a 625-acre National Registered Historic Site that is open from May through mid-October. Enter the park through the David A. Armour Visitor's Center.
Experience the phenomena of the sky at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. This exquisite park in Emmet County, a short drive from downtown Mackinaw City, is one of only 12 in the world. It is open throughout the year and visitors can stay through the night and gaze at the stars, constellations and astronomical activities visible on a clear night over Lake Michigan. Admission to the park is free, and blankets are recommended.
In an attempt to pay homage and tribute to the life and works of the French priest and explorer Jacques Marquette, the Father Marquette National Memorial was established on December 20, 1975. The memorial is located at Strait State Park, in the vicinity of St. Ignace. Although the Marquette Memorial Museum was devastated by a fatal fire in 2000, the current one comprises of several exhibits and a 15-station interpretative track. The memorial can be visited daily from Memorial Day to Labour Day, and the timings are 9:30a to 5:00p.
Best sellers, large print books, videos, DVDs, books on tape and CD, music CDs, newspapers, magazines, genealogical resources, public use computers with Internet access, summer reading programs and more are available at the St. Ignace Public Library.
"See for yourself why most of their 1 million visitors return year after year" to experience the unusual sensations that occur within its boundaries. Besides the guided tours of the world-famous Mystery Spot, stay and have more fun at the maze and a custom designed 18-hole mini-golf course.