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St. Ignace, Michigan: Mystery Spot

Gravity, magnetism, and common sense defied since the Spot's discovery in 1953. Brochure notes: "Even a blind person could be affected." Mystery Spot billboards by the highway are photo-worthy.

N916 Martin Lake Rd, St. Ignace, MI
I-75 exit 344. Drive west on US Hwy 2 for a couple of miles. North side of road.
May-Oct. daily 9-7 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $9
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Mystery Spot.

Mystery Spot

Definitely a tourist trap, but still fun! $9 per adult for just the tour.

[Adam Limpert, 06/27/2017]

Story of the Mystery Spot.

Mystery Spot

My family is from St. Ignace and, though I've only been there twice, the Mystery Spot has a big presence in our lives. The "mythology" of the place claims its origins are based on three surveyors with instrument problems, but I'd say it has more to do with the nearby Mackinac Island tourism industry. A fun diversion!

[Kait, 06/12/2012]

St. Ignace Mystery Spot entrance.

Mystery Spot

Though quite entertaining, I got sick to my stomach while on the tour of the Mystery Spot. Whether it's magnets or just the way it's constructed, it definitely had an effect on my equilibrium. My husband and daughter had a blast though!

[Karen, 06/27/2005]

Photo, circa early 1990s, of the St. Ignace Mystery Spot. More on Mystery Spots.

Tilted shack at the Mystery Spot.

Mystery Spot

"Can you solve the mysteries just waiting for you? You will experience optical contradictions and physical sensations here that are hard to believe. Even a blind person could be affected." -- Mystery Spot brochure

And who doesn't love the prospect of all that? This Mystery Spot (rather well advertised on the surrounding highways) is something I've been dying to see but haven't gotten there quite yet. A good stop, especially if you're doing the more traditional tour of Mackinac-related stuff (Island, Bridge, Fort, fudge). It probably just involves some tricks with naturally occuring (or not) magnets, but cool nonetheless. "You will have to see it ... to believe it," apparently.

[Anna Brawley, 07/04/2004]

We've enjoyed St. Ignace's swirling strangitude -- more on Mystery Spots. Magnets or invisible ghost hands, we couldn't tell, but we found it difficult to take a picture without an unnatural tilt in the framing!

Nearby Offbeat Places

Deer Ranch, Leaping Deer StatueDeer Ranch, Leaping Deer Statue, St. Ignace, MI - < 1 mi.
Wooden Observation Tower and TeepeeWooden Observation Tower and Teepee, St. Ignace, MI - 2 mi.
Indian VillageIndian Village, St. Ignace, MI - 4 mi.
In the region:
Wacky Taxidermy and Miniatures Museum, Mackinaw City, MI - 8 mi.

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