In Mackinaw City, you’ll find a history buff’s true paradise with unique shops and wonderful restaurants in the shadow of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, one of the engineering wonders of the modern world as it connects Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.
The Mackinac State Historic Parks are here to explore. There’s Fort Michilimackinac where colonial fort life and the history of the Straits come alive. Visit Old Mill Creek Discovery Park and experience centuries old ways of life and real life adventure on one of the best zip lines in North America.
For lighthouse enthusiasts, Mackinaw City is a national treasure. 22 lighthouses, some still operating, grace the shores and waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There are lighthouse tours by the ferry lines, and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Museum at the northern most spot of the Lower Peninsula in Mackinaw City. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is headquartered here as well.
Bring your bike to The Deer Head Inn! The Mackinaw City Trailhead is the starting point for the acclaimed North Central State Trail which is the highest rated “rails to trails” destination in the United States. You can pedal all over Mackinaw City, take in the sights and experience all the living history here by bike.
Hop the ferry and tour Mackinac Island on your bike or rent one on the island where the magic of the Victorian age comes to life. Only horse drawn carriages and bicycles are allowed as transportation on this wondrous spot in the heart of the Straits of Mackinac. From the Deer Head Inn it’s just a short walk to catch one of the exhilarating ferries that run to the island, home to living history like the Grand Hotel and many other mystical destinations.
Incredibly exciting day trips and scenic drives await you. The mighty Mackinac Bridge will take you across the Straits of Mackinac to the wild beauty of the Upper Peninsula and to places like Tahquamenon Falls and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.
It’s a short drive across the tip of the Lower Peninsula to Wilderness State Park. The remarkable and acclaimed International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands is close by, too.
In fact, there are so many places and things to do and special events to attend when you stay at the Deer Head Inn that we couldn’t possible list them all.
Most of all, we’re known for our warm and friendly hospitality, quiet comfort, wonderful food, and spacious rooms that make you feel right at home. So come to Mackinaw City and join us at the Deer Head Inn.