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Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Mackinac Island State Park, with trails, woods and the limestone Arch Rock formation, covers most of the island. Founded in 1780, Fort Mackinac is a walled cluster of military buildings on a coastal bluff. Fort Holmes, a reconstructed wood and earthen fort built during the War of 1812, stands on the island’s highest point. On the Lower Peninsula, in Mackinaw City, is an 18th-century fort and fur trading village with re-enactments and history displays. The nearby 1889 Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse has restored quarters and views from the top. Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park features an 18th-century sawmill, nature trails and a treetop canopy bridge.
Fort Mackinac: Fort Mackinac is a must see when visiting the island. The fort is very well maintained, and the pride of the staff is evident. You can see how the soldiers lived at the Fort, as well as their families. There is so much history here. The staff is dressed in period clothing and role plays to add to the experience. They have reenactments there all day long, that make you feel like you stepped into the early 1800s. And every kid and adult love the Canon demonstration and the black powder musket portrayal. The gift shop is excellent. The best of all are the views you get up top. Don’t miss visiting the Fort – it is worth it.
Mackinac Island State Park: Whether you like biking or hiking or just being blanketed in the beauty of nature, this is a great place to do it all… or to do nothing at all… Good place to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. Take a great buggy tour of the park on a beautiful day, lots of history and scenery! The guide is very knowledgeable and funny as well!
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World: If you want to walk thru a magical place where you are kissed by butterflies, this is the spot to do it… There are hundreds of beautiful exotic butterflies flitting all around you … It’s an incredible feeling! It is also fun to see the reptiles and bees they have on display. This is an amazing place for photo shots of beautiful butterflies poised on the flowers, rocks, water fountain, people. They’re everywhere. With the help of illustrated list, they hand out you can identify many of them. The gift shop offers a lot as well. A great place to see on the Island!
Mackinac Island Ferry: Since there are no cars allowed on the island; it’s an easy and convenient way on and off the Mackinac Island, the ferry provides great transportation to and from the island. The employees are very friendly and helpful. The ferries are comfortable with lots of windows. Personal are kind, helpful with those who needed special assistance, professional, and patient.
The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum: The art work is exceptional, and some have interactive narratives. Some of the art depicts what the island looked like back in the 1600 and 1700’s. Also, you will see maps of Michigan as depicted by map makers back in the early days. It’s very interesting to see how they thought Michigan and the Great Lakes looked. Added feature is an area for children’s art activities, making it a good stop on a rainy day for families. Wheelchair accessible via back entrance, elevator inside.
Biddle House: This is a fully restored building which is hundreds of years old… it gives you a chance to step back … way back and get a feel for what island life was like. Be sure to see the blacksmith shop. Parts of Biddle House are thought to be dated to 1780 which would make it the oldest building on Mackinac Island. The name comes from the Biddle family who purchased it in 1831. It is part of a series of historic locations which include Fort Mackinac and the historic Fur Company Store. The property includes the main house which has a first-floor bedroom, eating areas and kitchen, and through the rear yard to the Benjamin Blacksmith shop.
From Tampa, fly to Traverse City and rent a car to the island. Travelkatz will make all your arrangements for a beautiful vacation on the island. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
Michigan State Capital: Lansing
In 1848, Lansing, Michigan was named after Lansing, New York, which was named for John Lansing Jr., a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention. A little under a year earlier, officials had named the city Michigan after Michigan state, but soon decided against the eponymous title, changing its name following the wishes of some of the town’s earliest settlers, who were originally from Lansing, New York.
Courthouse Square: The historic courthouse square in downtown Charlotte holds the 1885 Renaissance Revival Eaton County Courthouse. On the National Register of Historic Places, the courthouse is now a museum, featuring the restored interior, circuit courtroom and offices. Exhibits of Eaton County history and culture fill the structure, along with numerous programs.
Autopalooza Events: Lansing celebrate numerous car events all summer long. If you are into old cars, please call TravelKatz to find out when your special interest car event will happen. From energy efficient cars, Olds, Chevy to name a few. How about orphan cars like Plymouth, DeSota, Packard or Franklin. Remember those. The 25th annual car show and swap meet for all Oldsmobile and Oldsmobile-powered vehicles. The event will feature 1967 Oldsmobile celebrating their 50th anniversary and all Curved Dash Oldsmobiles. Classic car show open to all years and all makes of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Over 95 classes and over 200 awards. This show helps support the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum: Historic innovation and future inspiration…Explore Oldsmobile from the very first prototype to today’s streamlined automobiles. Discover Lansing’s rich transportation history – the REO Motor Car Company, old-time bicycles and aviation endeavors. A shiny red 1938 Reo Speed Wagon, Model 1D4H, sits on display in a cordoned off area. The Gold Crown six-cylinder, 83 Horsepower fire truck sold for $1,302.73 back then and served the Bainbridge Fire Company in Pennsylvania until 1972. Now it is a part of a permanent first responders exhibit at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.
Lying on a wooden “mechanics creeper,” Ken Lovell rolled himself up close to a massive car wheel with a grease pump in hand. It sounds like a typical garage scene — except that today’s cars don’t have grease fittings, and the vehicle he was working on is a 1932 Reo hearse/ambulance at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, 240 Museum Drive, in Lansing. Lovell has been a volunteer at the museum for 14 years and was working with Tom Morefield, another volunteer, to get the hearse ready to hit the streets. In the summer, they try to get as many (vehicles) out as possible.
Visit the museum Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $10 for a family and $3 for students and seniors.
Five must-see vehicles at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum:
- 1901 curved dash Oldsmobile: The curved dash is the car that made Oldsmobile famous and the first to carry the name Oldsmobile. It was the first mass-produced car in America. With a 66-inch wheel base, it weighed 650 pounds and cost $650.
- 1932 Reo hearse/ambulance: In the 1930s, people used the same vehicle to perform the duties of both a hearse and an ambulance, says museum historian Dave Pfaff. lol – “(When it would roll up), you never knew if you were dead or just hurting,” he said. Tom Poole, a Grand Ledge resident, has worked on the doors of “Jesse,” this 1932 Reo model 15 Chassis, and has been a volunteer at the Museum for 10 years.
- 1985 Aerotech Aurora V8: When fourth-graders visit the museum, they run straight for the 1985 Aerotech Aurora V8. The Aerotech displayed in the museum is the car race-car legend A.J. Foyt drove when he set the land speed record in 1987.
- 1953 Oldsmobile 88 Two-Door: As one of the original NASCAR racing cars, it was driven by Dick Passwater in 1953. When Oldsmobile had its centennial in 1997, the museum got Passwater to drive the car — which still bears his name in bright red letters on the roof — in the parade route.
- 1897 Olds Motor Works car: About 20 years ago, the Smithsonian Institution loaned the museum an original car made by Olds Motor Works — before it was called Oldsmobile — made in 1897. The car is kept in a climate-controlled room and no one can touch it.
Volunteers like Lovell, Poole and Morefield help with everything from cleaning cars to managing inventory. Executive Director Deborah Horstick said the museum couldn’t function without them. The museum — formerly a Capital Area Transportation Authority garage — was opened in August 1981 to showcase Lansing’s transportation history. In the building’s showrooms, cars are spread out in chronological order, with memorabilia such as stop signs, license plates, car emblems and photos hanging on walls and arranged in glass cases. A large portion of the displays focus on Oldsmobile and Reo Motor Car Co., the companies started by Ransom Eli Olds, who moved to Lansing with his family in 1880. While the museum mostly focuses on those two companies, there are also other models featured, such as the current General Motors display in honor of GM’s centennial.
Michigan State University: MSU is more than just a Big Ten university. From the exquisite gardens to the awe-inspiring modern art at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a new Zaha Hadid-designed contemporary art museum at MSU, is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. The museum presents groundbreaking, international contemporary art across all media, and thematic exhibitions that investigate contemporary works within a historical context. Beal Botanical Gardens, founded in 1873, is the oldest continuously operated garden of this type in the United States. It includes over 5,000 species organized in economic, systematic, landscape and ecological groupings.
Lansing has numerous choices for lodging. Just let you know when you want to go and the type of place you would like to stay and TravelKatz will do the rest. We are just a phone call away. 352-277-7300
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