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This nearby zipline offers breathtaking views (9 photos)

A tourist spot that launched in the 1950s, St. Ignace's Mystery Spot also has a pretty significant zipline experience

During the Middle Ages zip lines were used to move livestock over Alpine valleys. Today a family of four can fly hundreds of yards between towers on two runs for around $80. And the view of the Straits is breathtaking.

Mystery Spot, a tourist attraction that launched in the early 1950s with rooms of optical illusions, opened its zipline course in 2010. Today it is one of the concession’s most popular attractions.

“We get several hundred people a day,” said Garth Law, who oversees zip lining at the Mystery Spot along with nine other employees. “It’s hard to beat the wind rushing past your face 30 feet in the air at tree level.”

Line 1 snugs between rows of hardwood trees. The second line offers twice the slope, but among rolling hills that frame the Mackinac Bridge less than ten miles distant.

If you go, there are no need for reservations. Zip line only costs $20 per person. The total Mystery Spot experience – zip lines, maze in the woods, 18-hole miniature golf, and guided tour through house of optical illusions – costs $9 more for adults, $7 for kids younger than 12. Extra trips on both lines are $12.

Weather permitting, the lines remain open through early October.

John Shibley

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