A Dog-Friendly Trip to Mackinac Island

What could be better than a trip to Mackinac Island with your furry friend?

Nothing in our world!

From the ferry ride over, restaurants with outdoor dining, downtown shops, lodging, and even horse-drawn carriage tours, here is everything you need to know for a dog-friendly trip to Mackinac Island.

A dog sits in a seat on a horse-drawn taxi on Mackinac Island

BRINGING YOUR DOG TO MACKINAC ISLAND: THINGS TO KNOW

  • Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. This is for the safety of your dog as well as others.

Dogs are welcome on pet-friendly Mackinac Island where you can find pet-friendly places to stay, restaurants and shops.

  • Pick up after your dog. Complimentary doggie waste bags are provided at the Mackinac Island Tourism Booth located on Main Street.

 

  • Be aware! Horses rule on Mackinac Island. Be mindful of horses and bicycles throughout Mackinac Island but especially when you are in the busier, downtown area.

 

  • Keep your eyes peeled for our dog-friendly sticker! If you see shops, restaurants, and places to stay with our sticker that says “Dogs Are Welcome,” you know that your dog is welcome! If you don’t see a sticker, please ask if your dog is allowed before entering.

DOG-FRIENDLY PLACES TO STAY ON MACKINAC ISLAND

There are three dog-friendly places to stay on Mackinac Island, each offering a unique experience.

 

  • Park Place Suites: Be right in the action when you stay downtown at Park Place Suites. With only three rooms, be sure to book early!

 

  • Sunset Condos: Escape the hustle and bustle and stay at the serene Sunset Condos. Located at the west end of Mackinac Island at Stonecliffe, they are the perfect getaway for your getaway!

A dog rides among a group of people on a ferry boat to Mackinac Island

DOGS ON THE FERRY RIDE TO MACKINAC ISLAND

Both Star Line, now known as Mackinac Island Ferry Company, and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry welcome well-behaved dogs that are on a leash or in a carrier at no additional charge. For more information contact the ferries directly. Also, dogs are allowed on the horse-drawn taxi service on Mackinac Island.

DOG-FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT ON MACKINAC ISLAND

When you plan your visit you’re probably going to include a place to eat. Here is a list of dog-friendly places to dine on Mackinac Island:

A Mackinac Island bicycle ride with your puppy in the basket is one of many pet-friendly things to do on Mackinac Island.

DOG-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO ON MACKINAC ISLAND

Take your dog with you as you experience all Mackinac Island has to offer. Here are some popular things to do on your next visit:

 

  • Great Turtle Kayak Tours: Guests can specify that they will be bringing their dog along with the dog’s approximate weight when they book their reservation. Dogs must sit still and stay in the kayak during the tour and also wear a doggy life jacket, which is included with the tour as well as for sale in various sizes. Kayaking around Mackinac Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackinac Island is best enjoyed when you can share it with those you love, and we know how much you love your dogs. Enjoy the full Mackinac Island experience with the whole family!

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