A Dog-Friendly Trip to Mackinac Island

Published on May 19th, 2021

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

Nothing in our world!

Dogs are welcome on pet-friendly Mackinac Island where you can find pet-friendly places to stay, restaurants and shops.From the ferry ride over, restaurants with outdoor dining, downtown shops, lodging, and even carriage tours, here is everything you need to know for a dog-friendly trip to 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.
  • 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.

  • Mission Point Resort: Located on the eastern side of Mackinac Island, you and your dog will be in the perfect spot to wake up with stunning views of the sunrise. Mission Point also has the Great Lawn, dog-friendly outdoor dining, and their very own Mackinac Island pup, Nick! Visit their FAQ page to learn more.
  • 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!

DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FERRY RIDE TO MACKINAC ISLANDBoth Mackinac Island ferry companies, Star Line and Shepler’s, welcome well-behaved pets on leash or in a carrier at no cost.

Both Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry 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.

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.

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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