Make Mackinac Parks part of your summer adventures

Did you know this year marks the 125th anniversary of the automobile ban on Mackinac Island? To mark the occasion of this notable feature of the famed destination, Mackinac State Historic Parks has several things planned this summer.

A special event July 22 includes an 1886 Benz Motorwagen on display outside Fort Mackinac; a commemorative logo on merchandise at MSHP museum stores, as well as on license plates on carriages throughout the island; and a new vignette, written by former Mackinac State Historic Parks director, Phil Porter.

It’s all part of what’s in store at Mackinac in 2023. Other highlights include:

The new “Soldier’s Gear and Quartermasters’ Storehouse” program at Fort Mackinac, showing what soldiers would have been issued at the fort in the 1880s.

New exhibits at McGulpin House, one of the island’s oldest residential structures and a rare and excellent display of French Canadian domestic architecture.

A new art exhibition – “A Mackinac Day” – at the Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum May 12 through Oct. 8.

Favorites such as the Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge (May 13), the annual vintage “base ball” game (July 29), special Fourth of July activities, night sky programs at Fort Holmes and Arch Rock, and much more.

If trips to Mackinac historic sites and state parks are on your summer wish list, start planning now. Get visitor information, hours of operation and other important details at