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Visit Mackinac Island, Michigan

This week, we're checking off another Bucket List Destination! And we're doing it on Stacie's Birthday! Join us for a fantastic day exploring amazing, historic and very unique Mackinac Island, Michigan.

This jewel of the Great Lakes is recommended by many travelers as a must visit Summer destination and an ideal vacation spot.

We'll take the Mighty Mac Shepler's ferry from Mackinaw City MI on the mainland, under the Mackinac Bridge (via 2 of the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron) and we'll spend the entire day exploring Mackinac Island by foot and horse-drawn carriage.

Some of the places we'll explore on Mackinac Island include the main Street, the original Market Street, Mackinac Island State Park, Arch Rock, and the Grand Hotel.

In this video we also share Mackinac Island stories we learned, parking tips, island history, and how to save money when you visit Mackinac Island.

A visit to Mackinac Island was the PERFECT way to spend a bucket list Birthday! We had a GREAT time! Definitely add Mackinac Island to your travel bucket list as you RV America Y'all!

Why is Mackinac Island a Travel Destination?

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5 Unique Things To Do On Mackinac Island

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Places We Enjoyed On Mackinac Island

Shepler's Ferry

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours (1948)

Mackinac Island State Park (1895)

The Grand Hotel (1887)

Murdick's Fudge (1887) - Mackinac Island's Original Fudge Shop

Doud's Market (1884) - "America's Oldest Grocery Store"

Places We Want to Visit In The Future

Great Turtle Brewery and Distillery

Wawashkamo Golf Club (1898)

Mackinac Island Historic Parks

We also want to tour Mackinac Island by bicycle, walk the nature trails and spend more time at the State Park to tour historic Fort Mackinac, the blacksmith shops and all of the other historic buildings.

So much to do for such a small island! We might have to make several trips.

Ferry Ride to Mackinac Island
Ferry Ride to Mackinac Island

This is the second of our 3-part video series documenting this visit to Northern Michigan. We also documented our visit to historic Petoskey, Michigan and all of the other fun and unique things we did in the area during our 8 night stay.

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Tips for Visiting Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is only accessible to visitors by ferry. There are no bridges or roads leading to the island.

Arrive at the ferry terminal in Mackinaw City as early in the day as possible to beat some of the crowds. Ferry lines can get long fast and the island can become crowded early during the prime season.

We were able to park for FREE in the day use parking area for Shepler's Ferry. There is a separate parking area for folks spending the night on Mackinac Island.

If you are interested in a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, head straight to the carriage ticket kiosk when you get off the ferry. To find the carriage ticket kiosk, take a right from the ferry terminal and walk down the street, the carriage ride kiosk will be on the left in an alley that runs between buildings.

The horse-drawn carriages are a GREAT way to learn about the island's history and residents while getting an overview of everything that it has to offer.

At the time of our visit, e-bikes were not allowed on the ferry, but non-electric bikes were.

We really enjoyed the Grand Luncheon Experience at the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel is known as much for its dining experiences as it is for its lodging. During our visit, we didn't need reservations. But check with the hotel ahead of time to see if reservations would help during your trip.

Make sure to show up HUNGRY for the Grand Luncheon... there is a ton of good food to choose from.

You don't have to be a guest at the Grand Hotel to enjoy the luncheon. It's pricey, but special. Plus, Grand Luncheon customers get access to the Hotel grounds for the day.

And speaking of the day... Don't try to see everything in one day! This might be a small island, but there is A LOT to see and do. Enjoy what you have time for and plan to visit again in the future.

Our Basecamp for This Visit

πŸ“ Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort

The great folks at Hearthside Grove are offering a Buy One Night, Get One Night Free Special (up to 5 nights FREE) for our community.

For More Information on Visiting Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

Mackinac Island Fun Facts

Approximate Population




Year Founded


Average Summer Temperatures

51Β° - 76Β°

Average Winter Temperatures

10Β° - 29Β°

Island Size

3.8 square miles

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A Few Photos from Our Visit to Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
Transporting Goods
Transporting Goods
The Grand Hotel
The 1887 Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island State Park
Mackinac Island State Park
The Grand Luncheon Experience
Enjoying the Grand Luncheon Experience
Little Stone Church
1904 Little Stone Church
Arch Rock
Arch Rock
Island Map
Island Map
The Original Fudge Shop
The Original Fudge Shop
Bike Rentals
Bike Rentals

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Tom and Stacie

Tom and Stacie Langland
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