Is 1 night enough to see Mackinac Island? Of course! Especially, if that’s the time you have.
But more often than not, we hear people saying they wish they had more time on Mackinac Island.
See, Mackinac Island is best enjoyed at a peaceful pace.
Island time, you might call it.
- When you can pack a picnic in the park and a surprise freighter passes by.
- When you get “lost” riding a bike and accidentally stumble upon historic Mackinac Island’s historic Wawashkamo golf course.
- When you spend an entire day dedicated to Fort Mackinac and the historic downtown buildings because, well, you can (and you should!).
- When your morning is 2 hours (or more) surrounded by butterflies at Wings of Mackinac or The Original Butterfly House and Insect World because you’ve got nowhere else to be.
While you’ll get a good feel for Mackinac Island by staying overnight – and we always recommend spending the night on Mackinac Island because there’s something magical about it – the best way to really appreciate the vibe of Mackinac Island is to spend multiple nights.
You’ll get the lay of the land.
Start to understand the history of Mackinac Island and how everything is connected.
Have the time to slow down, take it all in, and feel the energy of Mackinac Island.
We talk a lot about this feeling. Something that’s hard to explain.
But what are the actual activities you get to experience by spending the night on Mackinac Island?
Just to name a few…
- Ballroom dancing on Mackinac Island at Grand Hotel
- Movies at Fort Mackinac. Enjoying popcorn and a movie in a Revolutionary War-era fort doesn’t happen every day
- Stargazing at Mackinac Island’s Fort Holmes
- Sunset or sunrise kayak tours of Mackinac Island
- Mackinac Island’s Sip N’ Sail Cruise, a sunset cruise to the Mackinac Bridge with live music and a cash bar
So, to circle back, is one night enough on Mackinac Island? Yes, because like life, a visit to Mackinac Island is what you make it.
But no matter how many nights you decide to stay, you just might find yourself saying you wish you had more time on Mackinac Island.