What makes spring so special on Mackinac Island

From the time the Mackinac Island ferries resume a regular schedule of passenger shuttles from the mainland in late April, it’s usually about five weeks until Memorial Day and the start of the peak tourist season. That means each year you have about five weeks to experience Mackinac Island in a way many visitors never do – during the spring.

The summer months are the most popular time of year on Mackinac Island, yet you might find that you like spring even more. Whether one is better than the other is up to you decide, but Mackinac Island in the spring certainly is unique.

Here are 7 ways Mackinac Island is special in springtimeThe sun rises over a lawn full of empty Adirondack chairs on the great lawn at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

Smaller crowds on Mackinac Island in the spring

As relaxing as things are in the summer, the pace is even slower in the spring. Mackinac Island restaurants and shops are just awakening from their winter slumber, and the ferries that shuttle visitors back and forth to the mainland are just ramping up. Part of Mackinac Island’s peak season appeal is the buzz and excitement of the crowds, of course, but you can find a quieter time here in the spring before school lets out for the summer.

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Flowers bloom outside Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as a horse-drawn carriage goes past

Better deals on Mackinac Island in the spring

The basic law of supply and demand makes lodging on Mackinac Island even more affordable in the spring. Many hotels and B&Bs offer special packages and deals that stretch your dollar farther. Find Mackinac Island lodging deals and specials here.

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A family poses for a selfie along the rocks by the water on Mackinac Island

Cooler weather on Mackinac Island in the spring

Sure, there can still be a chill in the air on Mackinac Island in the spring. But the end of April and into May is a special time when Mackinac Island bursts forth with new life as it sheds its winter coat. Even if you’ve been too busy to appreciate the beginnings of spring where you live, you can head to Mackinac Island and immerse yourself in nature’s annual rebirth.

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Stars are clearly visible in the dark night sky above Mackinac Island's Main Street at night

Clear spring skies on Mackinac Island

Whether it’s in late August or late April, stargazing at Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island, is a must. Or at Point Lookout in the heart of the Mackinac Island State Park forest. Or even right downtown on Main Street. During late April evenings you’ll see the Lyrid meteor showers.

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Tulips bloom and trees leaf out on Mackinac Island in the spring as two people ride a bicycle past

Special occasions on Mackinac Island in the spring

Summer has its own schedule of holidays that are great for family gatherings, while spring has the mother of all holidays – Mothers’ Day. A weekend getaway to Mackinac Island is the perfect gift. Hotels and B&Bs on Mackinac Island will help you put a bow on it with special packages just for mom.

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A crowd of runners gathers for the Fort2Fort 5 Mile run on Mackinac Island in the spring

Fun events on Mackinac Island in the spring

The world-renowned lilacs don’t bloom until late spring, but the clip-clop of hooves can be heard in the streets. What better place to watch the Kentucky Derby than where horses rule the road? Spring is also when the first of four annual Run Mackinac events is held, the Fort 2 Fort 5-Mile Challenge.

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A couple rides bikes down Main Street on Mackinac Island

Easier to fit it all in on Mackinac Island in the spring

Though some restaurants and attractions are slower to emerge from winter’s hibernation than others, most Mackinac Island hot spots open for business as spring progresses. There will be plenty to do whenever you visit and, in fact, you’ll be able to fit more into your trip since the crowds are smaller and you’ll have your run of Mackinac Island.

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Come see for yourself what spring on Mackinac Island is like. Plan your spring excursion on Mackinac Island now!



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