Mackinac Island Bucket List – 17 Tips for the Best Summer Vacation

Visiting Mackinac Island for the day or for a week, here are 17 tips for the Best Summer Vacation! The activities are endless and there so many experiences you don’t want to miss. This one-of-kind island in Michigan, will leave you falling in love!

  1. Visit the Governor’s Summer Residence

    img_20160725_223117.jpgIf you want to tour the mansion, you have to come early Wednesday mornings from June 1 to August 31.

  2. Ride a horse

    img_20150817_102859.jpgBring your own or take the easier route and rent one from either – Jack’s Livery Stable or Cindy’s Riding Stable.

  3. Bike around the island

    img_20160607_100645.jpgBike rentals range from $5 -$10 an hour or bring your own bike across on the ferry for a charge. The perimeter is about 8.2 miles and the route will take you 1.5 hours or more – depends how many stops. It’s an easy and relaxing ride.

  4. Jump in the lake


    Jump off the dock or jump the waves, it’s all fun!

  5. Relax on Mission Point lawn

    img_20160521_221334.jpg Sprawl out in one of the lawn chairs or bring a blanket, there’s plenty of space!

  6. Watch the sunset at the boardwalk

    20170727_212102.jpgThere’s a few stellar spots to watch the sunset, the boardwalk is a favorite for many.

  7. Take the stairs to Arch Rock

    img_20160525_105245.jpgJust over 207 steps and you’re there! On a clear day, you can see all the way to Canada from the top.

  8. Bowl at Woods Restaurant

    snapchat-3349937433540354740.jpgAt Woods, the duck pin bowling alley is always a good time. Take turns resetting the pins and see who can get a strike!

  9. Go parasailing


    It really isn’t as scary as it looks. It’s more of a joy ride than anything. Available from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City – through Mackinaw Parasailing.

  10. Kayak in Lake Huron

    snapchat-2137678956490751063-1.jpgGreat Turtle Kayak Tours rents out kayaks. Tours include a sunset ride and another which visits Round Island. Both are fantastic!

  11. Take a cruise under Mackinac Bridge

    img_20150614_191613.jpgMany cruises are offered from Mackinac Island – the Sip N Sail takes a route under the Mackinac Bridge – to see the bridge so close it’s an amazing experience.

  12. Hike to Sunset Rock


    Two miles from town, nestled in the woodsy area behind the Inn at Stonecliffe is Sunset Rock. The never ending views are always incredible.

  13. Build a Cairn on the beach

    img_20150830_133647.jpg Stop along the shore and stack the rocks – hundreds of Cairns line the beaches around the island. Find your zen and see how many rocks you can balance.

  14. Visit Fort Holmes

    img_20150922_192812.jpgWalk or bike the Fort Holmes – the highest point on the island – 310 Ft. above Lake Huron. See the recently reconstructed fort and the stunning Straits of Mackinac.

  15. Go to Round Island Lighthouse

    img_20150711_132344.jpg I wouldn’t recommend swimming across – it’s actually not allowed. But rent a kayak or bring your own transportation. The Round Island Lighthouse is open for tours once a year, usually the weekend following 4th of July.

  16. Try Stand Up Paddle Board

    IMG_20161027_134341.jpg Take a stab at Stand Up Paddle Boarding – guides can take you around the marina  from Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

  17. Fly to Mackinac Island

    There’s only 2 ways to get to Mackinac Island – by boat or by plane. If you stand on the road at either end of the runway, the planes go right over your head! Flights are offered by Great Lakes Air.

Work on Mackinac Island for the Summer and have the best of both worlds!



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