A Mackinac Island experience wouldn’t be complete without spending a night (or a few!). Something magical happens when the last Mackinac Island ferry leaves for the night and before the hustle and bustle of the first ferry arriving in the morning.
As the sun goes down over the Straits of Mackinac, it suddenly feels like you have all of Mackinac Island to yourself. Some people live for Mackinac Island nightlife. Others swear nothing beats early morning coffee on Mackinac Island and listening to the horse hooves clip-clopping by as they watch waves lap the edge of the shore. Whatever your preference, you’ll always wish you had just one more night to stay on Mackinac Island.
Here are some things you can only experience if you spend the night on Mackinac Island:
Things You Can Do When Staying Overnight On Mackinac Island
MACKINAC ISLAND SIP N’ SAIL CRUISE
Listen to live music and enjoy an evening of fun as you cruise into a Michigan sunset around Mackinac Island. This hour and a half cruise is a must if you’re spending the night on Mackinac Island. Experience panoramic views from the 81-foot Isle Royale Queen III or the vessel Robin E, each with heated cabins, an open deck, restroom and full-service cash bar.
MACKINAC ISLAND SUNSET & SUNRISE KAYAK TOURS
Be right on the water during the most gorgeous times of the day. Sign up for a sunrise or sunset kayak paddle around Mackinac Island with Great Turtle Kayak Tours! This 2-3 mile excursion takes approximately 2 hours and is sure to be a memory for a lifetime.
MOVIES AT FORT MACKINAC
How many people can say they’ve watched a movie in a Revolutionary War-era fort? Grab a blanket or chair and your favorite snack and head up to historic Fort Mackinac for an experience you won’t forget. Movies are screened during the annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival and some other special events.
WATCH “SOMEWHERE IN TIME” AT MACKINAC ISLAND’S MISSION POINT RESORT THEATRE
Enjoy the cult classic Somewhere in Time right where it was filmed. Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Mackinac Arts Council has a showing of this timeless love story at Mission Point Resort. Somewhere in Time was filmed on Mackinac Island with stars Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves.
LIVE MUSIC AT MACKINAC ISLAND’S GRAND HOTEL
Dance the night away at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. Home to the world’s longest porch and a National Historic Landmark, Grand Hotel has a daily and nightly music schedule. Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of fun listening to the Grand Hotel Orchestra.
GLOW GOLF AT MACKINAC ISLAND’S MISSION POINT RESORT
Sure, you’ve probably played putt-putt golf before but have you played it at night!? From dusk until midnight you and the family can enjoy a friendly or perhaps competitive game of glow golf at the Greens of Mackinac at Mission Point Resort!
EXPLORE MACKINAC ISLAND AT NIGHT
Explore the most magical place on Earth. Just because some shops and businesses close after hours doesn’t mean Mackinac Island does. You might have visited Arch Rock or Fort Holmes during the day but wait until you see them at night! Quiet, peaceful, magical.
STARGAZING ON MACKINAC ISLAND
With minimal light pollution, surrounded by water, and over 80% state park, Mackinac Island is a stargazing paradise. If you’re lucky, you might even see northern lights sometime! The most likely time to see northern lights is generally from August to April with April, October and November being the most likely times.
NIGHTLIFE ON MACKINAC ISLAND
Enjoy a night out with some Mackinac Island nightlife! From live music to piano entertainment, Mackinac Island has something for everyone. Check out these late-night Mackinac Island hotspots and enjoy a night out on the town.
EARLY MORNING MOMENTS ON MACKINAC ISLAND
Wake up with the sun and watch Mackinac Island come to life. Grab an early morning coffee and head to the water, hop on a bike or sit on the porch as you watch horses clip-clop by as they begin their daily duties. The nightlife of Mackinac Island is enticing but wait until you experience a slow morning.
ENJOY A MACKINAC ISLAND SUNRISE AND SUNSET
To say you got to experience a Mackinac Island sunrise or sunset is something special. Some of the best places to watch the sunrise on Mackinac Island are Mission Point Resort’s Great Lawn, the lookout point Robinson’s Folly and Fort Holmes. The best places to see the sunset on Mackinac Island are along the boardwalk from Windermere Point past the Mackinac Island school, the lookout point Sunset Rock, British Landing and Fort Holmes.
Whichever ways you choose to enjoy Mackinac Island after dark, you’ll find a unique place to stay. Mackinac Island offers hotels, resorts, B&Bs, condos, cottages and homes with more than 1,600 rooms on over 40 distinctive properties.
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