Voyager Inn of St. Ignace, Michigan
"Gateway to the Straits of Mackinac!"
St. Ignace Attractions
Our St. Ignace Attractions offer a wide variety of historic and exciting places to visit. From the Mackinac Bridge to the historic Mackinac Island, we have everything a vacation would need. These great St. Ignace Attractions are all within a short drive or just minutes away.
The Mighty Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge is the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world and the 3rd longest in the Nation, making it an incredible St. Ignace Attraction. It connects Michigan's Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. Connecting historic St. Ignace to Lower Michigan, this incredible wonder is a magnificent structure. The completion and grand opening of the bridge was held on November 1st, 1957. Known as the "Mighty Mac" it is a total of 5 miles long, incorporates 19,243 ft of steel superstructure and the towers stand 552 ft above the waters of the Straits of Mackinac.
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The Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Father Marquette Mission Park
Visit the Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Father Marquette Mission Park to enjoy both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Capture a glimpse into the world of the Ojibwa People along with the resting place of Father Marquette. Museum Site Facts and Credits: Woodland Indian Culture, French Jesuit Mission, Significant Archaeological Site, National Historic Landmark, Michigan, Registered Historic Site
Museum store features area's largest selection of Native American books, music and locally-made certified Native American art and craft. It also offers an ongoing video presentation and outdoor exhibits. The Museum is located at the north end of the boardwalk, next to the Chamber of Commerce and across from Michilimackinac Cove. Free parking and group Tours are welcome.
The Wawatam Lighthouse began its journey in 1998 as a Michigan Welcome Center travel icon in Monroe, Michigan. In 2004, the City of St. Ignace was the lucky recipient of the structure and it was trucked north in five pieces. It stayed on the Chief Wawatam Dock for a time, awaiting the construction of its new platform. Wawatam Lighthouse takes its name from the late railroad ferry Chief Wawatam, which used this same dock from 1911 through the mid-1980''s. When you visit the lighthouse, you will pass right by the Chief''s old lift gate. Wawatam Lighthouse''s beacon was first lit on August 20, 2006.
Historic Mackinac Island
If you ever dreamed what it would be like to step back in time, Mackinac Island can make that dream a reality. Mackinac Island is a resort are covering just under 4 square miles. Located in Lake Huron, it served as a center for the Great Lakes fur trade back in the 17th century. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the island (accept for emergency vehicles). Transportation is made by horse, horse and carriage, bikes, roller-blades, and during the winter snowmobiles are permitted.
The Sea Stacks in St. Ignace and at the Straits
Vertical rock formations known as the Sea Stacks of St. Ignace can be located throughout the area. These formations were used by the Native Americans as "look-outs" for viewing the Straits area. Some can be found directly in the city, while others are quietly hiding in the forests surrounding the area. The most famous of the Sea Stacks is Castle Rock. This formation rises over 200 feet above ground level. Above is "St. Anthony's Rock", located just behind the downtown district.
The Michilimackinac Cove is a famous landing place that was utilized by 17th century adventurers, explorers, voyageurs, traders, soldiers, and missionaries. Located just east of the St. Ignace Marina, this historic site (also known as Kiwanis Beach Park) is just across the street from the Ojibwa Museum. Here you can enjoy the beach and picnic tables.
The Mystery Spot
Voted Michigan's No.1 unusual attraction by readers of Michigan Living Magazine (AAA). You will experience optical contradictions and physical sensations that are hard to believe. These phenomenal "happenings" can be photographed. It's a barrel of fun for the entire family. See for yourself why most of our 2 million visitors return year after year. We have ample car and trailer parking, clean restrooms. Besides the guided tours of the world-famous Mystery Spot, we also have 2 great Ziplines, a Human Maze, and a custom designed 18-hole putt putt golf course.
The Deer Ranch of St. Ignace
The Deer Ranch in St. Ignace, Michigan is known as the oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America. they 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.
Their unique gift shop features many deer skin products, including one of the largest Minnetonka moccasin inventories in the north! They are open May through October.
Huron Boardwalk - Connecting History
The Huron Boardwalk is a large pathway throughout the historic St. Ignace downtown waterfront, connecting unique shops, restaurants, waterfront parks and museums. Interpretive signs portray the history, lifestyles and industries of the Straits of Mackinac.
Open air displays include a rudder from a 1212 ton wooden steamer sunk in the Straits in the spring of 1894, a windlass from the wreckage of a ship which sank off the coast in 1891 and an original Mackinaw boat built in the St. Ignace area around 1899.
Colonial Michilimackinac - Founded 1715
Mackinaw City’s Fort Michilimackinac is a state park located at the south end of the Mackinac Bridge. The view is spectacular. This incredible colonial journey back in time begins with the Visitor’s Center, which in itself is full of history, kiosks, picnic tables, beverages, snacks, along with shopping. The Visitor's Center leads into the Colonial Fort Michilimackinac property where history comes alive with period clothing, cannon reenactments, archaeological digs, musket firings, and sixteen buildings that are themed exhibits. This is considered one of the most extensively excavated early colonial French archaeological sites in the United States.
The Fort Michilimackinac Pageant
The Fort Michilimackinac Pageant is a historically unique event that is reenacted each year during the Memorial Weekend. The pageant has a cast of over 400 members representing the French, British and Native Americans. This is the longest running FREE historical event of its kind in the Nation.
On June 2, 1763, the fort was captured by the Native Americans. Known as Pontiac’s Rebellion, the Chippewa and Fox warriors took over the establishment during a surprise attack during a lacrosse game. During this casual game, a scheme had been planned to take the fort over with a great number of Natives waiting on the outside of the fort walls. The Native American women wore blankets to conceal the weapons that were used during the battled. When the third ball went over the wall, some of the Native men were allowed to retrieve the item. Because this had occurred two times previously, the British were not on their guard. At this moment, many braves took over the fort and captured the British soldiers.
The Queen of the Great Lakes
The Maritime Museum, the "Queen of the Great Lakes" is an incredible vessel that performed for 62 years as an ice breaker for the Great Lakes and is now serving as an educational goodwill ambassador for the Straits Area.
The Queen of the Great Lakes is open for public tours, educational tours, group event, along with overnight encampments. Visitors to this Maritime Museum can experience the Mess Deck Bridge, Captains Quarters, Sick Bay, Engine Room, Ward Room and Ship Store.