Ultimate Mackinac Island Guide | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
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This incredible island is an adventurer, naturalist and photographer’s paradise as it is rich in history, hiking trails, scenic views, nostalgic churches and natural wonders.
If the Island is at the top of your Michigan bucket list, let's go!! Horse drawn carriages, butterflies, forts, bike riding, kayaking and fudge are waiting for you!!
When planning your Mackinac Island Vacation you will need the Six Guides below.
There are so many places to stay on Mackinac Island! We have a map of hotels on Mackinac Island and info about each.
TRUST ME: DON'T PLAN ON WALKING IT...unless you are a runner or are well conditioned (along with everyone else in your party) I recommend renting or bringing your bike. Unless you like the idea of dragging yourself up and down steep hills for miles and miles--->for fun. If you are walking, it's all fun and games for about an hour and then everyone is cranky.
We got up bright and early and was at Shepler's parking lot by 9:30 a.m. I was determined to get there early as I REALLLLLY wanted to make one of the early ferry trips that go under the bridge.
These special ferry trip takes a little longer because it will travel under the bridge so you can obtain a rare view of the structure of the bridge. Definitely worth the experience! Check out their schedule to see which early morning trips go under the bridge.
We parked, unloaded our bikes and rode to the ferry docks. If you aren't taking your bike, Shepler's has a nice covered tram that will take you to the docks.
As a note, Shepler's gives a military discount for active or veteran service.
You can purchase your tickets on-line (recommended as you get a discount) so you can purchase a variety of add on's like bringing your bike, carriage rides and tickets for the Fort. That way I just showed the supplied bar code in an email on my phone. No need to print anything.
The tickets are good for any date and time so you will need to get there early enough to guarantee your seat.
Upon arriving at the dock simply get in line with your bike. Have your email ready with the bar code as someone will scan it. You will be supplied a blue tag to apply to your bike and they load your bike as you board the boat. Easy peazy.
This ferry ride is an excellent opportunity for photographers to obtain a different perspective of the bridge.
After passing under the bridge the ferry will continue to the Island. Just so you know, the ferry has restrooms. Oh, and the top deck is WINDY and YOU WILL MOST LIKELY GET WET. The right side seemed less wet.
Keep an eye out for the Round Island Lighthouse that is located on Round Island, east of Mackinac Island. It was erected in 1895.
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