Marquette Park is located at the footsteps of Fort Mackinac and part of Mackinac Island’s rich history. The Island dates back to 1600’s but by the late 1840’s, Mackinac Island had become known as the New Port of the Inland Seas and quickly became a preferred tourist destination in the area.
Today, people come to Mackinac Island to see all the history of Indian legends, Jesuits missions and battlegrounds from 1812.
Each year in June, people visit for the Lilac Festival – a 10-day celebration which is the first and largest summer event on the Island, attracting thousands of visitors. Festivities include the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, Lilac Festival 10K, horse drawn carriage tours, numerous concerts, wine tastings, A Taste of Mackinac Culinary Event, Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and so much more.
On the tastier side of things, Mackinac Island’s fudge has been an institution that’s become famous worldwide. Fudge devotees are known as “fudgies” – a term that is also synonymous with Northern Michigan tourists. Most people don’t need an excuse to indulge in a piece or two of creamy, decadent fudge. But, for those who do, the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival takes place each August and offers Island dwellers and tourists a terrific reason to celebrate fudge – made fresh each day at Mackinac’s multitude of fudge shops.