Weather on Mackinac Island varies widely during the year because the climate truly does feature all four seasons. The temperate summers on Mackinac Island provide the perfect escape from overbearing heat and humidity. The gorgeous autumns offer bursts of fall color with warm days and cool nights. And the winters beckon hardy travelers with the promise of a snowy retreat from the rest of the world.
When you visit Mackinac Island in the spring, you’ll experience yet another aspect of the northern Michigan destination’s personality. Perhaps more than any other time of year on Mackinac Island, spring brings weather variability that can give you a feel for two or three different seasons in a single weekend.
As the Star Line and Shepler’s ferries to Mackinac Island resume regular shuttle service from the mainland in late April, it can be typical for temperatures to be in the 30s or 40s one day and then in the 50s or 60s the next. While May is generally very pleasant with daytime temperatures regularly in the 50s and 60s, it’s not uncommon for the mercury to top 80 degrees before Memorial Day. Nor is it unusual for nightly low temperatures to dip below the freezing point.
ON AVERAGE, MACKINAC ISLAND’S SPRING WEATHER BRINGS…
- Daytime temps in the 50s during the last week of April
- Daytime temps of 61 degrees in May
- Daytime temps of 70 degrees in June, with comfortable overnight lows of 51 degrees
So, what does all this weather data mean for your visit to Mackinac Island in the spring? Well, for one, be sure to pack a variety of clothing and plan to dress in layers. Sweaters and jackets are a must in the spring – and maybe even a winter coat and gloves, depending on the forecast! Yet, you’ll warm up quickly just by walking around town, especially on a sunny day. And if you go hiking up into the interior of Mackinac Island, it won’t take long to break a sweat on all but the chilliest of days.
When you pack a variety of warm-weather and cool-weather clothes, you’ll be ready no matter what Mother Nature brings to Mackinac Island during your spring visit. Plus, wearing layers will let you comfortably take advantage of Mackinac Island’s dozens of outdoor dining options.
Whether it’s warm or cool, Mackinac Island will be ready with adventures for you. On a typical spring day, you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn carriage tour of many historic Mackinac Island sites. You’ll feel comfortable walking through town and browsing Mackinac Island’s unique shops or sampling world-famous Mackinac Island fudge. You could play a round of golf, rent a bike and go for a ride or explore Fort Mackinac.
Even if it happens to be cold on Mackinac Island during your spring trip, you’ll find plenty of things to do. Horseback riding through Mackinac Island State Park can be especially enjoyable in jeans and a sweatshirt when the air is crisp. Ditto for geocaching, with treasures hidden all over Mackinac Island. And if you plan to do a lot of hiking to discover Mackinac Island’s famous rock formations, you might even prefer cooler temperatures!
Of course, on cooler spring days you can also peruse downtown Mackinac Island and be inspired by the many art galleries or get a kick out of zany downtown attractions including the Haunted Theatre and Maze of Mirrors. You can pamper yourself in the spa with a massage or indulge your taste buds by treating yourself to a meal at one of Mackinac Island’s many unique restaurants. And if it rains, well, visiting a butterfly conservatory is just of many things to do during a rainy day on Mackinac Island.
Come experience spring on Mackinac Island for yourself! While some Mackinac Island shops and attractions are open already in late April, most everything is ready for visitors by early May. Find a place to stay on Mackinac Island and start planning your trip today.