Sunday, July 2, 2017

St. Ignace, Michigan: Mystery Spot

In the world of slightly tacky tourist attractions, the "Mystery Stop" is in the top couple of percent. The advertising is relentless and almost corny. "Explore the World Famous Mystery Spot - Amazing, Weird, Baffling, Incredible." There are billboards and cards throughout the region to lure you in.

After a while, many turn curious and give it a look. A college friend of mine told me that he had stopped by as a child.

Slight spoiler alert - if you look around the Internet, you'll be able to find the back story that's told. It's something of a tribute to optical illusions, as the photograph here shows. It takes about 15 minutes to go through.

The "complex" also contains a mini-golf course, maze and zip line. I should say that as of our visit, admission to the Mystery Spot was $9. I think I paid less to visit the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, so it's up to you whether it's worth it. However, I would think if you are traveling with kids, this is a good spot to blow off some steam.

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