May we bring our dog to Mackinac Island?

Yes, pets are welcome. We do have a leash law and ask that everyone please pick up after their pet. Some lodging facilities are pet friendly and many restaurants have pet seating areas while others will let you bring your pooch to the table on their verandas or patios. Please know only service dogs are permitted inside any restaurant. For more information, please call our office at 906-847-3783.

Where can we stay on the Island?

Everyone says, “you haven’t really experienced Mackinac Island until you have spent the night” and its true. There are over 1,600 rooms on Mackinac Island ranging from economical to extravagant. For more information, please click here.

What about access to sightseeing for persons with disabilities?

Mackinac Island is a great place for all persons with or without disabilities. There are amigo electric carts, adult strollers, specially designed carriages and more for persons who are unable to walk or walk long distances. Please click here for more information.

When is the Island open?

Mackinac Island is always “open” but the main thrust of our season is from May through October. During the month of May, horses arrive and businesses begin opening. By Memorial Day, the Island is in full swing. At the start of October, the horses start to leave for their winter pasture and seasonal businesses begin to close with the last hurrah on Halloween weekend. We have several restaurants, hotels, shops and city buildings that serve our community and winter visitors during the “off” season. Mackinac Island Ski Club ensures the trails are groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. If we may boast, we feel we have the best trails in the state complete with a view of the straits of Mackinac.

What is there to do once we get to the Island?

There is so much to do that we recommend you surf our site to find the activities that best suit your tastes. From outdoor activities such as horse drawn carriage tours, horseback riding, biking, hiking, boat charters to indoor activities which include art exhibitions, movies, shopping, dining and more, there truly is something for everyone here on Mackinac Island.

How do we say it?

Mackinac is the French spelling of an Indian word and we pronounce it mack-in-awe.

I am a vendor and would like information about selling goods during festivals on Mackinac Island.

At this time, we do not permit off Island vendors and do not offer street vending opportunities

Can we rent golf carts to get around on the Island?

No, golf carts are only permitted on the golf courses.

Can we rent snowmobiles on the Island?

There are no snowmobile rentals, but you may bring yours (for an additional fee) on the ferry boat weather permitting until the boats stop running in early to mid-January.

Is the ice bridge open to everyone?

We do not recommend snowmobiling across the Ice Bridge. For information about traveling on ice in the straits of Mackinac, please contact the US Coast Guard Station in St. Ignace.

Does the Mackinac Bridge come to Mackinac Island?

No, the bridge connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. For details about the Mackinac Bridge, please click on

We are looking for an Island getaway for our fundraiser, how do we do it?

Please contact the hotels directly with your request.

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