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Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel opens new Woodlands Activity Center

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – Guests and visitors to Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel just got a lot more choices when it comes to playing outside. The newly-opened Woodlands Activity Center is drawing guests to a renovated section of the grounds in front of the famous resort. Here, people will find a new, 18-hole miniature golf course called The Gem, bike rentals, and recreation courts ready for games of pickleball, bocce ball and shuffleboard. Nearby, they’ll find the hotel’s Secret Garden area, the recently redone Esther Williams Swimming Pool and plenty of places to relax in the shade.

Still to come is a bike track, which should be ready next season, and a large greenhouse where the island’s flora and fauna can be seen up close.

The new additions are designed to give people lots of new spaces to gather and have fun together.

“This year at Grand Hotel, we’re excited to celebrate a ‘Season of Discovery,’ and there’s truly no better place to do so than at our brand new Woodlands Activity Center,” said David Jurcak, Grand Hotel’s president of operations. “The facility is designed to spark adventure and exploration for everyone – be it hotel guests, visitors, or the Mackinac Island community. We hope that anyone who spends time at the Woodlands Activity Center will enjoy a fun, new way to experience our historic property and this beautiful island.”

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Once completed, the greenhouse/nature center will offer the expertise of an on-site naturalist. Activities and guided tours are to be offered.

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Miniature golf is one of the options at the resort’s new Woodlands Activity Center. Photo provided by Grand Hotel.

The new space was designed to complement the best of the island’s large state park area and interior features while giving people opportunities for new experiences at the resort, Jurcak has said.

“The state park is fantastic,” Jurcak told MLive earlier this year. “There is so much to see. What we expect is that the Activity Center will give you a taste of that. We hope that it’s going to spur some additional exploration of this amazing island.”

This area follows last year’s debut of new ground-level shops inside Grand Hotel and a complete renovation of its swimming pool area, which now features cabanas and a redone pool house, too.

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Pickleball anyone? The new recreation courts at Grand Hotel are designed for multi-generational use. Photo provided by Grand Hotel.

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A bocce ball court is ready for players at the new Woodlands Activity Center. Photo provided by Grand Hotel.