What to do and see in Saint Ignace, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 7, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Ignace, is a city at the southern tip of the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan, bordering the Straits of Mackinac. The population was 2,452 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mackinac County. For travelers coming from the Lower Peninsula, St. Ignace is the gateway to the northern part of the state.
Restaurants in Saint Ignace

1. Bridge View Park

Boulevard Drive, Saint Ignace, MI 49781 +1 906-643-6800
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 388 reviews

Bridge View Park

Reviewed By marybT5775QN - Battle Creek, Michigan

Absolutely love this park. We stop every time we cross the bridge. The display of colorful flowers and all of the different Michigan pines are magnificent. The mini museum inside the facilities that contain the restrooms is informative. And the views from the park are great-where else can you get an upclose shot of the Mackinac Bridge. AALthoufh there are parks in Mackinac City near the bridge, this park surpasses all,of them. Well,done St. Ignace!!!!!!

2. Museum of Ojibwa Culture

500 N State St, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1429 +1 906-643-9161
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

Museum of Ojibwa Culture

At this National Historic Landmark, visitors can learn about 17th century St. Ignace: the Ojibwa who formed the population, the Huron refugees and the French who established the area as the center of fur trade. Check out our award winning Clan Park, the beautiful new Sculpture Park and our Longhouse on our grounds. Also visit Father Marquettes burial site in our Marquette Mission Park. Admission is by donation. Must be seen to be believed! Amazing!

Reviewed By Jurek B - Chicago, Illinois

Very well displayed.
The outside has an explanation of Ojibwe tribes/clans correlated to their animal spirit. Also a model Ojibwe hous.
The entrans has a good display of earlier Americans jewelry and art for purchase.
It is a small museum but very interesting.

3. Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry

587 N State St, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1428 +1 906-643-7635
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 514 reviews

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry

Reviewed By RoadTripToSFO - New York City, New York

Talking specifically about the Mighty Mac trips, I'd been super-excited to see the bridge up close for years, and took the opportunity to take this trip on the jet boat under the bridge. Even with calm weather I found the ride to be super bumpy; it was hard to keep dry because there was so much splashing; and some of images didn't come out too great because the ride was just rough. Not particularly amazing, just got close-ups of construction happening along the bridge.

4. Straits State Park

Church Street, Saint Ignace, MI +1 906-643-8620
Excellent
56%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Straits State Park

Reviewed By Liz J - Michigan

Grab as many family, friends, and kids as you can find and book some sites! This is like state park mardi gras, with bikes and scooters and walking. Sometimes you want something quiet and remote, and sometimes you do not. This is a park for the second scenario. Bathrooms are clean and well equipped. Sites are on the small side but reasonably well kept. The lake is just right there but it's not a great beach -- bring something to paddle or float on, or content yourself with tromping around the marshy shore. Views of the bridge are great. Roads are narrow, so bring your backing up ninja skills if you're in an RV or a long trailer. We saw a few sites with multiple cars and some truly AMAZING restored trailers, people with whole gazebo set-ups, and the whole thing. It was crazy! Big, big family camping party. I'm not sure it's our vibe, honestly, but that's a question of personal style -- not a single thing to complain about. Meet this park where it's at, and try not to be the total jerk in a site near ours that screamed at a group of about six kids for being noisy and playing near the bathroom rather in broad daylight as opposed to . . . um um sitting mute at their campsite? I guess? Harangued them like a nutjob while standing under a big ole American flag - always a lovely choice. The kids looked at him like the rest of us did, which is to say rolling our eyes and backing away before he could lose his marbles any further. If you're a grouchy old crank who believes state park camping grounds are not for fun loving children, kindly go boondock somewhere devoid of other humans. Sheesh.

5. Deer Ranch

US Highway 2, Saint Ignace, MI +1 906-643-7760
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Deer Ranch

Reviewed By jstock2431 - Saint Clair, Michigan

In like a place that doesn't try to rip you off. The price for admission was reasonable and the it was a dollar to get food to feed the deer. The deer would come right up to you so you could feed them. They also did not mind if you petted them. There was many deer and lots of cute little fawns. You will probably end us spending about an hour at the deer ranch if you visit.

6. Castle Rock

2811 Mackinac Trl, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-9755 +1 906-643-8268
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 487 reviews

Castle Rock

Reviewed By HavasuBabe - Lake Havasu City, Arizona

The climb to the top (170 steps) resulted in a good view. I think part of the appeal of this place is the climb itself. The stairs are well done, and have "rest areas" along the way. The folks at the Gift Shop at the base were very nice, and there is a good variety of tourist stuff.

7. Fort de Baude Museum

334 N State St, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1425 +1 906-643-6627
Excellent
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Fort de Baude Museum

Fort De Buade Complex: Museum, Gift Shop, Art Galleries, & Heritage Center Over 6,700 sq. Ft. And 3,500 artifacts depict the cultural development of the Michilimackinac area through the eyes of the Anishinaabe people. Huge display of Native, French, British and American Military and Indian weaponry. The "Newberry Tablets" as seen on the History Channel. "Captured Spirits", an exquisite and complete exhibit of The McKenney - Hall Lithographs of Native American dignitaries. Admission to museum is by donation. Captured Spirits Exhibit: $7/Adults, $5/Students & Seniors, Children under 12/FREE. Open Memorial Day Weekend - October 4, 2014 Post Labor Day Hours: Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun Noon-4 Closed Monday. Tours and groups by appointment.

Reviewed By DeltaZ930 - Knoxville, Tennessee

This is a very small but, interesting museum. It has history about Native Americans that were in the area. The volunteers were very nice and knowledgeable and had great information to give out. The gift shop had some wonderful jewelry and other items that you could purchase. The museum survives on donations.

8. Mystery Spot

150 Martin Lake Rd, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-9685 +1 906-643-8322
Excellent
29%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 323 reviews

Mystery Spot

Reviewed By thortonjohn - Detroit, Michigan

Classic tourist trap, but in a good way. Six & four year old grandsons participated in the demonstrations and loved it. Spent over 30 minutes in the maze across the street running around and hiding in the dead end sections to startle others passing by. A quick round of miniature golf to end the visit. We passed on the zip line.

The combo package takes the sting out of entrance fee. Good stop to let the kids run off some steam before returning to your road trip.

9. Huron Boardwalk

99 N State St, Saint Ignace, MI 49781-1646
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Huron Boardwalk

Reviewed By Jovita O - Aurora, Illinois

Boardwalk was clean and well-kept. Led to a (locked) lighthouse. Interesting bell and railroad artifacts and historical information pertaining to that area. Adjacent to wawatam park where kids can enjoy the water sprinkles on a hot day and it's also right in front of the Mackinac Grille restaurant

10. Wawatam Lighthouse

Saint Ignace, MI
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Wawatam Lighthouse

Reviewed By nc96 - Detroit, Michigan

I love lighthouses and this one was no exception. There's a short walk out to the lighthouse but you can see it pretty well from the parking lot too. The harbor is a really nice area to walk around and just watch the water and the boats. This will always be a stop for us when we visit Saint Ignace.

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