Move over, Mackinac, there’s a new bridge in town: SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain.
The world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, SkyBridge Michigan, located at Boyne Mountain Resort, is an architectural wonder that you’ll want to see.
About SkyBridge at Boyne Mountain
If you’re looking for a unique activity to do this fall, Boyne Mountain Resort’s new SkyBridge Michigan might be the perfect choice.
Pumpkin patches, cider mills, corn mazes and hayrides are perfect pastimes during the fall months in Michigan, but for those looking for something a little different, there’s SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resorts.
As the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, it’s the perfect place to take a walking tour of Northern Michigan’s fall colors.
Boyne Mountain Resort
1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713
Located in the heart of Northern Michigan about 20 miles south of Petoskey, near Lake Charlevoix, Boyne Mountain Resort offers much more than skiing. This family-owned resort has welcomed visitors to its property for over 65 years.
On site, guests can find dozens of seasonal activities, the largest indoor waterpark in Michigan, shopping, salon, spa and dining.
The resort’s newest attraction is the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, SkyBridge Michigan, which will make its public debut on Saturday, Oct. 15.
About SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain
SkyBridge Michigan is the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge, at approximately 1,200-feet-long and 118 feet high.
It’s tucked in between the peaks of McLouth and Disciples Ridge on the resort’s property. SkyBridge Michigan is fondly referred to by the resort as “Michigan’s second bridge,” (the first being the Mackinac Bridge).
What to Expect at SkyBridge Michigan
Once visitors reach the bridge they will see panoramic views of Boyne Valley.
Guests start the adventure with a chairlift ride to the top of Boyne Mountain before walking the distance. It’s the perfect opportunity for a breezy, fall stroll, and the view of Northern Michigan’s picturesque scenery is unbeatable.
After walkers make it to the other side, they can head back across the bridge for a second dose of stunning scenery and fun. For those brave enough to take an peek at the valley floor, there’s thirty six-feet of glass flooring in the middle of the bridge for easy-viewing.
Although it is opening this fall, the bridge will be a year-round attraction at the resort.
For safety, SkyBridge Michigan is grounded in about one million pounds of concrete. It’s also anchored by two timber towers that are about 52-feet high and around 70-feet long.
Both towers weight about 40,000 pounds each.
Bridge visitors can purchase tickets online or upon arrival to the resort. No additional steps are required after obtaining tickets.
How to Experience SkyBridge Michigan
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., through Oct. 31; Starting Nov. 4, open Friday through Sunday until Dec. 4; Open daily again starting Dec. 9.
Ticket prices: $25 for adults ages 11-69, $20 for seniors ages 70+, $15 for juniors ages 3-10, and free for ages two and under.
Other Things to Do at Boyne Mountain Resort
In the winter, visitors can try skiing, tubing, ice skating and more. While summer guests can take a Zipline Adventure Tour or scenic chairlift ride, hike, bike, fish and play paintball or disc golf, to name a few.
Zipline Adventure Tour
Length: 2.5 to 3 hours
Ticket prices: Start at $60
For guests looking for a high-thrill attraction, check out one (or all) of the resort’s 10 ziplines. With lines up to 50 feet above ground and up to 780 feet in length, riders soar through the air at 20 to 25 miles per hour.
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
Hours: Open on the weekends, hours vary
Ticket prices: Start at $40 for a day pass, start at $30 for discounted prices
From the Big Couloir waterslide and Rip Zone Surf Simulator to the Lazy River and Glacier Hot Springs, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark is the place for splash-filled fun no matter the season. The park spans 88,000 square feet with seven waterslides and four pools.
Day passes for adults start at $40. Discounted waterpark passes are available for those staying at any of the Boyne Resort lodging locations.
From cozy cabins in the woods and chalet in the slopes, to its hotel complete with a spa, Boyne Mountain Resort has nearly a dozen lodging options for all its visitors. To check availability, simply enter your desired arrival and depature dates and number of guests on the resort’s website.
Pick a place to stay from the lodging options below:
- Chalet Edelweiss is a European-inspired guest haus in the slopes with 35 rooms and suites
- Mountain Grand Lodge And Spa is a hotel connected to the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark with a luxury spa and fitness facility.
- Clock Tower Lodge is located near the ski slopes and ice skating rink with an outdoor heated pool and hot tub.
- Boynehof is a portion of the Clock Tower Lodge that fits smaller groups.
- Deer Lake Villas are peaceful, quiet condos with a beachfront on Deer Lake.
- Mountain Cabins are rustic cabins with multiple rooms located near the golf courses and Alpine chair lift.
- Creekside is another condo option located on Mountain Road Pass. Guests have the option to ski in and out of the property.
- Village At Disciples Ridge can be found between the ski runs of Boyneland and Easy Access. These one or two bedroom condos are equipped with whirlpool baths and fireplaces.
- Mountain Villas are conveniently placed next to Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark with ski in and ski out options.
Eat at Boyne Mountain Resort / Guide to SkyBridge Michigan
Whether you’re looking to have brunch, grab a snack, sit down to a fancy dinner with loved ones or try a late-night drink at the bar, Boyne Mountain Resort has over a dozen dining options.
Location: Top of Hemlock
Hours: Fridays 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
After you finishing walking SkyBridge Michigan, considering stopping at the Eagle’s Nest for a bite to eat, before heading back down the mountain.
This hill top restaurant offers sandwiches, soups, burgers and more, including a full bar. Guests can enjoy their meal at a window table with a perfect view of the resort’s scenery. Don’t miss the historical Boyne Mountain Resort memorabilia before leaving.
So if you’re looking for a fall getaway in Northern Michigan, look no further than Boyne Mountain Resort and its world’s longest timber-towered suspension sky bridge.
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