We scored a good deal to stay at Mission Point on the Island and went a day early to Mackinaw City. Clouds were threatening rain so our initial cheap motel idea kinda hit the fan and we booked at a waterpark (Northpointe Inn) to salvage some fun. Fun indeed. Ryan thoroughly enjoyed the slides and Tyler enjoyed the lazy river which was small enough and slow enough from him to run around. It had an exceptional breakfast too.
We spent some time on the beach and crossed over the bridge so the boys could have the experience and the adults could win $20 at the casino! We had a nice dinner at the casino buffet and the kids ate free.
The boat ride was fun and we loved the outdoor pool at the hotel. The water was colder than Lake Huron but it was actually refreshing as the days approached 90 degrees. Ryan mastered the putting green (he says this was his favorite thing about the trip) and Tyler gave it a go before deciding that throwing the ball in the water was more fun:) The marketplace was our favorite pit stop and the kids ate free so it was a real bargain. The BBQ Chicken pizza was definately a favorite.
We stopped at Soaring Eagle on the way up and again on the way home to break up the trip. They have a fabulous arcade for the kids and they won enough points to get some seriously cool spikey footballs that they shared with all the kids at the pool and it was great fun. The Casino offered me $10 in birthday cash that was lost in a hurry but jim put in a dollar and paid for the video game fun. The bathrooms there are phenomenal....so the stop was much more welcomed than a stop at a station. As a matter of fact...we had to make a couple of roadside stops for Tyler's "that was close" potty needs.
All in all, we had a good time. We saved money...but the trip to the island is an expensive one.