Even More Things To Do For Kids on Mackinac Island

Whether you have a newborn or a teenager ready to conquer the world (or maybe a 5-year-old ready to conquer the world!), a family trip to Mackinac Island is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

We love seeing parents who visited Mackinac Island as a kid and are now bringing their kids to share the same magical experience. As you plan your next family vacation, here are lots of fun ideas for the whole family.

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A boy holding a blue golf ball, as seen from inside the cup on one of the holes at the Greens of Mackinac at Mackinac Island's Mission Point Resort

PUTT-PUTT GOLF ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Test your golf game on the Greens of Mackinac, an 18-hole natural grass putting course at Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort. It’s fun during the day or, for even more of a challenge, try glo-golf at night! On the other side of Mackinac Island, tucked away in the natural grounds of Grand Hotel, is The Gem miniature golf course at the Woodlands Activity Center. It’s a little bit of fancy and a whole lot of fun!

A family relaxes on the Mackinac Island waterfront with a pair of Adirondack chairs in the foreground.

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS OF MACKINAC ISLAND

Toss a Frisbee, skip stones, fly a kite or play catch on the green spaces of Mackinac Island. The Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort, Windermere Point on the west side of downtown and Marquette Park are great options to play outdoor games. Visit Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Toys, a robust toy store with diverse selections, for all your outdoor activity needs.

Flying kites is not allowed at Marquette Park. Please enjoy flying kites at Windermere Point or the Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort.

Young Girl Paddling in Kayak in Waters Around Mackinac Smiling at Camera

KAYAK, SNORKEL AND STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Kayak into the sunset, coast on a stand-up paddleboard off the coast of Arch Rock and explore a rock maze in the underwater caves off the coast of Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours is your go-to guide for all things water on Mackinac Island.

A boat cruises through the water off the coast of Michigan's Mackinac Island with Ste. Anne's Church in the background

GO BOATING ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Enjoy a day on the water around Mackinac Island! Brown Eyed Girl Boat Charters can accommodate small groups or parties and provides a custom excursion for your family. For the fishermen in your family, you can book a trip with E.U.P. Fishing and Charters and fish the Great Lakes from the comfort of a 27-foot sport boat with a hardtop, cuddy cabin and clean, private bathroom.

Mackinac Island's Watercolor Cafe sits beside the gleaming water on a sunny day

ART AT MACKINAC ISLAND’S WATERCOLOR CAFÉ

Mackinac Island’s Watercolor Café offers kids art classes throughout the season. Visit their website to see a schedule. They also sell art kits, coloring sheets and different art-themed goods to enjoy while grabbing a bite to eat!

A parasailor floats high above Round Island Lighthouse off the coast of Michigan's Mackinac Island

PARASAILING OFF MACKINAC ISLAND

See Mackinac Island from the sky! Take off and land directly from the flight deck for a smooth, safe and dry parasail flight with Mackinaw Parasailing. Single, double and triple flyer options are available!

A family enjoys a pizza picnic in Mackinac Island’s Marquette Park at the foot of historic Fort Mackinac.

PICNIC IN THE PARK ON MACKINAC ISLAND

What better way to slow down from the busyness of it all than to have an old-fashioned picnic in the park? Order to-go food from one of Mackinac Island’s many restaurants or make a stop at America’s oldest grocery store, Doud’s Market! They have everything you would imagine at a grocery store plus a deli section with both hot and cold grab & go selections.

Four pillars and stone walkway highlight the front entrance to Mackinac Island Public Library

MACKINAC ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Mackinac Island Public Library is a picturesque library located right on the lakeshore. It’s a quiet place to go on a hot or rainy day and features a kids’ corner for families!

Geocaching on Mackinac Island makes for a memorable expedition into the boundless natural beauty of the island’s interior.

GEOCACHING ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Over 100 active geocaches are on Mackinac Island. Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt with the perks of doing it in one of the most historical and beautiful places in Michigan!

Two people walk along a dirt path into Mackinac Island's Great Turtle Park

DISC GOLF ON MACKINAC ISLAND

A 9-hole disc golf course is located in Great Turtle Park in the middle of Mackinac Island. Here you will also find a basketball court, soccer field, baseball field, equestrian area, picnic pavilion and playground.

A list of 19 fun family things to do on Mackinac Island

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