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Tips for visiting Mackinac Island with limited mobility

Mackinac Island is a vacation destination for all generations. From children, to grandparents, newlyweds, and solo travelers, the Island has something for everyone.

If you are traveling with someone who has limited mobility and wondering the best way to get around Island, this blog post is for you!

Without motorized vehicles, Mackinac might seem difficult, but don’t cross it off your list quite yet. Here are 3 options for touring and accessing the Island with someone who has limited mobility as well as tips for your stay.

A chariot bicycle that functions like a pedicab is one of many ways of getting around Mackinac Island.

Here are three options for touring and accessing Mackinac Island with someone who has limited mobility

 

  • Horse-drawn Taxis on Mackinac Island

Horse-drawn taxis on Mackinac Island are available to take your group from Point A to Point B. Unlike regular taxis, you don’t wave down or hail these. The taxis on Mackinac Island need to be called (906-847-3323) and then dispatched. Tell them where you are and where you want to go.

They won’t take you around the entire Island and they are not hop on, hop off, but they will help get your group where you need to go.

If you are wanting to tour the Island and see the major points of interest without much walking, a horse-drawn carriage tour is a better option. Both public horse-drawn carriage tours of Mackinac Island and private horse-drawn carriage tours of Mackinac Island are available.

 

Graphic depicting horse-drawn taxi transportation on Mackinac Island

  • Electric Mobility Scooters for Rent on Mackinac Island

The second option would be renting an electric mobility scooter. A couple of bicycle shops rent these by the hour or for a day at a time.

The electric scooters will not make it around the whole Island, but you can cruise around the downtown area and from Grand Hotel to Mission Point Resort.

It’s recommended to call a day ahead to reserve an electric scooter. Contact Mackinac Cycle or Ryba’s Bikes for more information.

Graphic depicting electric mobility scooter transportation on Mackinac Island

  • Different Bicycle Options on Mackinac Island

Don’t let this one scare you off yet. A variety of bicycle shops have 3-wheeled adult trikes available for rent. These are easy to use and great for folks who have any balance issues but still want to be independent.

Another option would be what’s called a chariot bicycle. A chariot bike is almost like a pedicab. Someone is up front, peddling, while a second person sits on a physical seat with their feet on the floor in the back.

It’s surprisingly easy and if someone in the group can peddle, this is a fun option to explore the Island!

Graphic depicting adult trikes for getting around Mackinac Island

Tips for Visiting Mackinac Island with Limited Mobility

  • Anytime you leave the main road, there will be hills to climb. This includes Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and Arch Rock.
  • Downtown is about 3 blocks long.
  • Grand Hotel is about a 10-15 walk from downtown and Mission Point is about a 15-minute walk from downtown.
  • Some bicycle shops have push wheelchairs available for rent.
  • It might be a good idea to book your overnight stay near the downtown area.
  • Visit our accessibility page for even more information.

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss more about planning your trip to Mackinac Island, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 906-847-3783 or by email.

A three-wheeled adult tricycle, or trike, is one of many ways of getting around Mackinac Island.

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