Countdown to Mackinac Island’s Opening Day 2020: Recap 2019 in photos

There’s one more day left before November brings the offseason to Mackinac Island. Which means there are about 170 days until Opening Day 2020 next April.

It’s not too early to start planning your visit to Michigan’s most alluring island, which also happens to be one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America. You can find travel tips here to make the most of your planning.

But first, let’s take a look back at 2019 to whet your appetite for all you could see and do on Mackinac Island next year.

Pot of Flowers Hanging in Focus with Horse-Drawn Carriage in Background

Mackinac Island is a rare place without automobiles, which have been banned here for more than 100 years. Instead, people get around by horse-drawn carriage or bicycle, and have time to stop and smell the flowers.

Woman Riding Bicycle with Basket of Snacks on Mackinac Island

Wheeee! Okay, this scene is cliché. But still, look how much fun she’s having! Take your own bike over to Mackinac Island on the ferry or rent one when you get here. You don’t need a Lycra bike jersey, or even closed-toed shoes, to pedal yourself all the way around the outer rim of Mackinac Island. You can do it at a leisurely pace in a little over an hour, but feel free to take your time…

Woman Riding Bicycle with Dog Sitting in Basket in Downtown Mackinac

…and maybe even bring your dog along in the basket. How cute!

Dog Riding on Ferry on Its Way to Mackinac Island

Yes, you can take your dog on the ferry to Mackinac Island! Check out these ferry FAQs for more details on the shuttles to Mackinac Island. They run all day long back and forth between Mackinac Island and the mainland, from late April through the end of October.

Young Girl Posing in Mid-Leap in Front of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island has space for kids to run and explore…

Three Young Men Playing Energetically in Cave on Mackinac Island

…and unique places for kids at heart to do, well, whatever this is!

Dad and Two Sons Sitting on Bench Enjoying Fudge on Mackinac Island

You can find lots of places to sample world-famous Mackinac Island fudge. Or, to enjoy fudge ice cream. These guys were celebrating the Fourth of July, when Fort Mackinac hosts a good old-fashioned American picnic before fireworks blast off at dusk. There are unique events all season long to plan your trip around.

View from Kayaker Following Another Paddling Their Way Towards Sunset Off Mackinac Island

Water is ever present on Mackinac Island because, well, it’s an island. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the sunrise from water level in a kayak…

Two Kayakers Resting to Watch the Sunset Off Mackinac Island

…or paddled into a dazzling sunset.

Couple Posing for Photo During Sip n’ Sail Cruise Off Mackinac Island

Alternatively, board a Sip ‘n Sail Cruise and pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge with a little less exertion. There are lots of ways to get in, on or above the water around Mackinac Island.

Two Little Boys Posing Together for Photo in Downtown Mackinac

Raise your hand if you have any questions about planning a trip to Mackinac Island. Get answers here.

Newlywed Couple Kissing for Photo in Front of Horse-Drawn Carriage on Mackinac Island

We’ve already seen that Mackinac Island is a great place for dogs and kids. It’s also a gorgeous setting for beautiful couples to get married…

Couple Recently Engaged Kissing in the Surf in Front of Lighthouse on Mackinac Island

…or engaged…

Man Looking Back for Photo While Enjoying a Game of Croquet With his Wife

…or to play croquet. (Seriously, when was the last time you played croquet?)

Man Swinging From Tree in Mackinac Island State Park Gazing at Horizon Surrounding Mackinac

It’s also home to what once was the second national park in the country. The public space now known as Mackinac Island State Park covers 85 percent of the island, with endless possibilities for adventurers to explore on horseback, foot or by bike.

What will you explore on Mackinac Island in 2020? Get started with your planning right here.

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