- The list below includes 41 free or cheap things to do in or near Mackinaw City, Michigan, including 36 different types of inexpensive activities like Lighthouses, Laser Tag, Other Entertainment and History Museums.
- From Headlands International Dark Sky Park to WaWatam Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Mackinaw City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like St. Ignace, Cheboygan and Harbor Springs.
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7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr., Mackinaw City, MI 49701 MoreLess Info
Headlands International Dark Sky Park is protected public land that features exceptionally starry skies and light polution is mitigated to make the stars stand out even more. Visitors can access a self-guided cell phone tour through points of interest at the park.
A small 'pocket park,' WaWatam Park features a beach, open green space, benches and picnic areas, and a playground for kids. It offers views of the Mackinac Bridge and of the boats and ferries on the Straits.
Colonial Michilimackinac is located in Mackinaw City and is an 18th century fort and fur trading village. It has a playground and a museum store with daily events including cannon and musekt firing and walking tours.
Michinaw City's McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site features a self-guided tour and a historic barn reconstruction. The lighthouse is next to The Headlands recreational park and offers a picnic area and special events, such as Triple Fright Night.
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207 W Sinclair St, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 MoreLess Info
The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City offers daily tours of the lighthouse from May through October. The lighthouse is open to pets and is handicap accessible, featuring family packages and combination offers.
Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises offers sightseeing trips along the Straits of Mackinac, a passage between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Along the way are sixteen lighthouses, each with a unique history that tour guides will share.
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131 S Huron, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 MoreLess Info
Mackinaw City is home to the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum open daily. The museum allows guests to tour the World War II ship the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Wackinaw WAGB-83, with tours available with viewings of the mess deck, captain's quarters, and engine room.
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9001 South US 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 MoreLess Info
Mackinaw City, Michigan is home to the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. The park, which was formerly a working sawmill, is now an interpretive center dedicated to traditional, water-powered milling.
Hosted by the Mackinaw Trolley Company, Mackinaw Trolley - Day Tours offers guided tours of the bridge and surrounding area. Tours feature entertaining and informative narration by trained and experienced guides.