saint ignace hotels minutes from the huron board walk and mackinac island ferry

When you are staying at the BEST WESTERN Harbour Pointe Lakefront, make sure you add these must-see attractions to your travel planning. Our hotel is perfectly situated within minutes of major Straits of Mackinac attractions for every type of traveler to enjoy.

Sheplers Mackinac Island Ferry

                     
  • Mackinac Island Ferry service offering Mighty Mac departures daily!                 
  •  
  • Discounted tickets available at the front desk!

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

     
  • Mackinac Island Ferry service offering Hydro-Jet Ferry Service! 
  •  
  • Discounted tickets available at the front desk!

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours

Prepare yourself for a tour like no other! What you will experience is by
far the most enjoyable and authentic way to view the island.
Web Address: http://www.mict.com

Fort Mackinac

Inside the stately stone walls it’s a different time. The cannon blasts,the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldestbuilding in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits
explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

The Grand Luncheon Buffet

The legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet is one of the highlights of the Grand Hotel experience. Garden-fresh salads, savory cheeses, slow-roasted meats, seafood and more than 20 varieties of fresh-baked pastries are all featured at the buffet.

The Original Butterfly House

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan,and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States.  The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents.

The Deer Ranch

Welcome to the Deer Ranch in St. Ignace, Michigan, known as the oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America. We feature dozens of native Michigan Whitetail Deer and fawns including white deer all in a natural setting which you can photograph and feed while walking along a nature trail. Our unique gift shop features many deer skin products, including one of the largest moccasin inventories in the north!
Web Address: http://deerranch.com/

Mystery Spot

In the early 1950’s, 3 surveyors named Clarence, Fred and McCray came from California to explore the Upper Peninsula.  They stumbled across an area of land where their surveying equipment didn’t seem to work properly.  For instance, no matter how many times they tried to level their tripod, through the use of a plum-bob or level, the plum-bob would always be drawn far to the east, even as the level was reading level.  As they continued their research of this land, they noticed a constant feeling of being light-headed.  Later, realizing their queasiness and problems with the surveying equipment only occurred in an area about 300 feet in diameter, they felt they had discovered a “Mystery Spot”.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is considered to be one of the oldest lookout points near the city of St. Ignace, and was known as "Pontiac's Lookout" by the Ojibwa Tribe. Clarence Eby opened Castle Rock for tourists in 1929, and it has remained a popular tourist destination ever since. Castle Rock rises an astonishing 195 feet above water level and about 183 feet above I-75. The summit of Castle Rock offers a scenic and inspiring view for up to 20 miles, featuring Mackinac Island, Lake Huron, downtown St. Ignace, and wildlife habitat. The lookout point is equipped with viewing binoculars for a truly spectacular view of the area. This is one attraction that is family friendly, pet safe* and, and not be missed.

Colonial Michilimackinac

Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue today, Colonial
Michilimackinac offers a one-of-a-kind experience from cannon and musket firings to hearth cooking and crafts.

Mill Creek Discovery Park

Visitors can witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes and soar like an eagle on the zip line during the Adventure Tour.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped passing ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There’s just as much to see from the top of the tower as inside the original buildings. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens and an audiovisual program, Shipwrecks of the Straits, make this “Castle of the Straits” a true gem of the Great Lakes.

Soo Locks Boat Tours

The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Your boat will travel along the international shoreline of the lower harbor letting you experience all the sights, sounds, and excitement of Michigan's oldest city, Sault Ste Marie. Soo Locks Boat Tours is one of Michigan's top attractions, and is recognized by AAA as a GEM® Attraction. Many departure times are available.
 

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum - Whitefish Point Light Station

Whitefish Point is located at the extreme southeastern end of Lake Superior. It is a critical turning point for all vessel traffic entering and leaving this largest of all the Great Lakes. The Whitefish Point Light Station was established by Congress in 1849; since then, a life-saving beacon has illuminated these dangerous waters for mariners continuously. Today, the Whitefish Point Light is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The present light tower was constructed in 1861 during Abraham Lincoln’s administration.

Tahquamenon Falls

This beautiful falls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park is hidden in the forest along the Tahquamenon River and is easily accessible for those seeking the quiet and solitude of the Upper Peninsula wilderness.
 
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 52,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. Centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls.
 
The Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over its precipice.

Oswald's Bear Ranch

This complex is the Largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States! We are found only in the Wild Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
 
Rescued cubs are brought here every year and they are always a joy to see! Area youth enter contests yearly to name these newborn creatures. People love to see them grow, play and become adult bears!

Cut River Bridge

A rest stop or picnic at the State Roadside Park provides a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Cut River Gorge. The real beauty of this site, however, lies hidden among the rolling, forested dunes of the Lake Superior State Forest and within the forested river valley below. Hike the Cut River trails in May to view spring wildflowers such as trout lily, trilliums, and Dutchman’s breeches. Spring, especially in the month of May, is also a good time to view migrating warblers and other songbirds that follow the Lake Michigan shore and concentrate at the mouth and along the gorge due to the rich insect life emerging from the river. Hawks and owls also follow the coastline as they head to their northern breeding grounds in late April and early May. A diversity of forest songbirds use the forested gorge in the spring and summer as breeding habitat and offer good viewing opportunities along the trails. Interpretive markers help visitors identify plants and trees along the way.

Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Welcome aboard one of the most popular train tours in North America. This one-day wilderness excursion will transport you 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield.
 
Algoma Country is ablaze with colour during autumn and for decades the Canyon Tour has been a favourite way for fall ‘leaf peepers’ to experience some of the most spectacular fall colour in North America. Though peak colour varies each season, typically the last two weeks of September and the first week of October can offer the best colour and should be considered when planning your excursion. Please note that due to popularity, the Railway recommends making your ‘fall colour’ booking early.

saint ignace points of interest

Loading...