There are a lot of things available to do on the island this summer, but only the top 10 are making this list. If you are looking for some ideas to beef up your vacation, you have come to the right place.
#1 Pirate Cruises
Mackinac Island Ferry Company is offering a swashbuckling adventure for island visitors! Take a family-friendly or Nauti (21+) cruise on Mackinac’s one and only pirate ship, The Good Fortune! With water cannons, dancing, pirate music, and refreshments, it will be a trip on the straits you won’t soon forget. Tickets are available online for a scheduled departure.
#2 Carriage Tours
A narrated guided carriage tour is the best way to learn about the Island while seeing the sights! Experience the beauty, history, and insider secrets of the island, all while being serenaded by the iconic clip-clop of the horses’ hooves. You can buy your tickets ahead of time or buy them at the booth – and you can purchase your ferry ticket along with your carriage tour tickets as a combo with the mackPASS.
# 3 Self-Guided Tours
If you prefer to set your own pace, you can opt for the self-driven tours offered by Jack’s Livery Stable. Drive your own carriage to all of the classic stops, and you decide on how long you want to spend there. Don’t worry about finding where to go, these horses know the route by heart!
#4 Visit Arch Rock
Arch Rock is one of the most amazing sights on the island! Take in the huge natural arch while overlooking Lake Huron. Arch rock was formed by wind and water that eroded the limestone away, which left the much tougher breccia rock still standing. This breccia rock is what forms the arch today!
#5 Get Zapped Into the Past with the State Historic Park
Mackinac Island State Park has quite a few options for you to see! The Benjamin Blacksmith Shop demonstrates how a blacksmith shop worked back in the day. The American Fur Co. Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum let visitors tour the store as it was in its hay day and learn about the medical wonder Dr. Beaumont performed, and how medicine benefitted! The McGulpin house is one of the oldest buildings on the island and demonstrates what life was like for American Fur Co. baker, William McGulpin. The Biddle House tells a somber history of what it was like for Anishnaabek woman, Agatha Biddle and her family as her culture was forced to change. Fort Mackinac illustrates how life in the fort functions, from firing cannons and marching soldiers to the more daily aspects of life.
#6 Buy Fudge
Would you even go to the island and not get some fudge? Mackinac Island is known for its world-famous fudge, and resisting the tempting smell of the fudge shops is impossible. Whether you are loyal to Ryba’s, Murdick’s, Kilwins, or one of the many other fudge shops on the Island, the delicious dessert is something you can’t miss out on.
#7 Visit Carriage Museums
Whether you are visiting Surrey Hills Carriage Museum or the Grand Hotel Stables, visiting a carriage museum is a must-do on Mackinac Island. See many unique carriages, and how they have evolved!
#8 Butterfly Houses
Get your camera ready! It may take you a few tries, but at The Original Butterfly House or Wings Of Mackinac, you can get stunning photos of butterflies! Learn more about butterfly migration, conservation, and general trivia when you visit one of these houses. Just watch your step!
#9 Exploring Mackinac’s Culinary Blend
Mackinac Island has restaurants and chefs from all around the world! You will never run short on food options this summer with places like: Pink Pony, The Chuckwagon, Mighty Mac Hamburgers, Yankee Rebel Tavern, Patrick Doud’s Irish Pub, Chianti, Watercolor Café, Verde’s Taqueria, and Fort Mackinac Tea Room.
#10 Hike (or bike) The Trails!
From the Iron Belle Trail to the Tranquil Bluff Trail, Mackinac Island is teeming with beautiful trails for you to explore! Connect with nature and history on the Island as you trek through breathtaking sites and find informational signs along the way.