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Mackinac Island

Known for Biking, Horseback Riding and Historical Buildings

Experience the historic city of Mackinac Island—island views, biking trails, and sights from Robert Stuart House to Maze Of Mirrors.

How do you get to Mackinac Island?

Mackinac Island’s simple charm is perfect for visitors who enjoy the quiet life. Its large state park offers a wide range of sightseeing opportunities, and there are many outdoor activities on offer, including hiking and cross-country skiing in winter.

Getting to Mackinac Island is best done by ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Ferries depart daily in the summer season. Cars have been prohibited on the island for more than 100 years, so bikes, horses and walking are the predominant means of getting around.

Take a carriage tour of the island or hire a bike from the rental companies on the island. If you prefer, you can also take your own bicycle over on the ferry for a small fee.

The prime time for visiting Mackinac Island is during the warmest months, which commence in May and taper off around August. The island does operate as a winter resort as well, though, with picturesque walks and cross-country skiing on offer. In the winter, you may also get to see the much-talked-about “ice bridge”, created when the water between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace freezes around February.

Mackinac’s history as a Victorian summer resort can be seen in some of its architecture, such as the Grand Hotel, which is still operational today.

With a perimeter road of just 8.3 miles (13.3 kilometers), Mackinac Island is particularly small, and you can see most things inside a few days. Make sure to take in the highlights, including the historic Fort Mackinac (which once served as a military outpost and is today an immersive visitor experience), Great Turtle Park and the Island’s butterfly sanctuaries. The coastline around the whole Island is a beautiful mixture of marinas, cliff tops and beaches.

Mackinac Island is also famed for its assortment of fudge shops, such as Murdick's Fudge, which uses natural butter, cream and flavorings. Don’t be surprised if people call you a “fudgie”; that’s the nickname given to tourists.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Explore the lovely green spaces of Mackinac Island State Park and enjoy the biking trails in Mackinac Island. Visit the area's shops or amble around its lakeside.

Trover photo by Jace Craft

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Fort Mackinac in Mackinac Island. Amble around this family-friendly area's lakeside, or seek out the biking trails.

Trover photo by RVOutlawz

Explore the lovely green spaces of Arch Rock and enjoy the biking trails in Mackinac Island. Wander the lakeside and beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

Trover photo by TD Brat

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau is just one of the places to see in Mackinac Island, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the waterfront in this family-friendly area, or seek out the biking trails.

Trover photo by Joel Hayden

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Fort Holmes in Mackinac Island. Amble around this family-friendly area's lakeside, or seek out the biking trails.

Trover photo by Jace Craft

Take the family on an outing to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory during your trip to Mackinac Island. Amble around the area's lakeside or seek out the biking trails.