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Zoo-de-Mack Bike Ride from Boyne Highlands to Mackinac
What’s the Zoo-de-Mack? It’s a 25-year-old rite of spring in Northern Michigan- a leisurely bike ride from the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands, to Harbor Springs, to Mackinaw City. The 51-mile ride takes cyclists through the Tunnel of Trees to Cross Village for lunch at Legs Inn and onto Mackinaw City.
Once in Mackinaw City, the riders can head by ferry to Mackinac Island or dine at the Crossings.
Hundreds of bicyclists, including many families ride in the Zoo-de-Mack. The ride passes through hard woods filled with trillium and travels along Lake Michigan.
Here's the typical schedule of events:
- 6-11pm – Registration in the Lobby below the Zoo Bar- 600 Highlands Dr., Harbor Springs
- 8pm – Pre-Ride Bash at the Zoo Bar which includes live music, games, swag, raffles, and the Annual Charity Tricycle Races
- 7:30-10:30am – Registration in the lobby below the Zoo Bar
- 7:30-10:30am – Race Starts at The Highlands in the Ski Area Parking Lot- 600 Highlands Dr.
- 10:30am-2pm – Lunch at Legs Inn- 6425 N Lake Shore Dr, Cross Village
- 12-5pm – Post Ride Party at The Crossings- 248 S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City which includes live entertainment, cash bar, and food vendors
- Evening – Parties on Mackinac Island (included in ticket): The Gatehouse- 1547 Cadotte Ave., Horns- 7300 Main St., and The Pink Pony- 7221 Main St #103
Registration Fees generally run from $60-$80/person depending on how early you register.
The fee includes all the events listed above, luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, and round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on the Star Line Ferry.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2024 Zoo-De-Mack Bike Ride!
For more information on the Zoo-de-Mack Bike Ride, please contact the event organizer:
725 Trombley, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan
The majestic and historic Grand Hotel is one of the first sights visitors see as they head into the harbor on Mackinac Island.
Shop Northern Michigan antiques shops, art galleries, and furniture stores for home furnishings that are unique and affordable.
Get the sleds and the skates out, put on the cold weather clothes, and enjoy sledding and ice skating in Northern Michigan.
This 28-mile scenic highway running between Atwood and Boyne Falls known as the Breezeway draws visitors because it is gorgeous.
The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods is a 55′ x 22′ redwood cross cut from one redwood tree and with a 28′ tall bronze crucifix.
North Central Michigan College’s Natural Area in Petoskey includes over five miles of trails that run through unique habitats.
McGulpin Rock, near Mackinaw City, has been used as a navigational tool by explorers and mariners since before the Pilgrims landed.
The Andrew J. Blackbird Museum is named for a counselor who helped Native American veterans. Native American artifacts fill the museum space.
Crooked Tree Arts Center is a place where artists from northern Michigan can display their talents and artwork to the public.
A visit to Northern Michigan is not complete without a walk along the Lake Michigan in search of Petoskey stones.