As soon as your ferry docks on Mackinac Island, you can smell that delicious cocoaey aroma from all the handmade fudge shops in the town center. “Fudgie” is an affectionate term for the multitude of tourists who come across to Mackinac Island to enjoy its natural splendor and come away with a package of some of the most delicious homemade fudge on the planet. Indulge your own inner “fudgie” by coming over and taking in some of the many sights, smells, and natural experiences Mackinac Island offers.
Every fudgie needs to either take a carriage tour or bicycle tour around the island. This is a mandatory requirement for true fudginess. Plus, it helps you burn off a few calories, so you can enjoy even more fudge on the ferry trip back home.
Carriage tours have been an island staple since 1869. However, it wasn't until 1948 when the first carriage license was issued, and the island’s many carriage tour companies were established. Tours begin on the main street right across from the ferry docks. Each driver is well trained in providing interesting and amusing information about the different historical sites throughout the island.
Some “fudgie” packages include admissions to several of the various attractions dotted among the island. That way, you can stop and stretch and enjoy a few of the island’s amenities before continuing on in your horse-drawn carriage. The blue sky, open water, and sparkling sunshine all draw you into to the fantasy that you are truly in a bygone era enjoying life’s refinements in a civilized fashion.
In addition to being able to see some of the island’s indoor attractions, all carriage tours make a mandatory picture-taking stop at Arch Rock. Most of the island is actually a state park and drivers are well versed in the plant and animal life on the island.
You can find out more about how to release your own inner “fudgie” by visiting: http://www.mackinacparks.com
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