Outdoor Activities

Kayaking Mackinac Island.

Kayaking around Mackinac Island

You may have heard stories about people bicycling all the way around Mackinac Island. Maybe you’ve even done it yourself. It’s an inspiring experience to pedal 8.2 miles with one of the Great Lakes by your side, passing through town and by unique Mackinac Island sights such as Arch Rock and Devil’s Kitchen along the …

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Swimming pools on Mackinac Island as well as hot tubs, spa pools and saunas can be found at several hotels and resorts.

Swimming pools on Mackinac Island

Swimming and Mackinac Island have gone hand in hand for more than 70 years, since a national champion swimmer starred in a Hollywood movie shot on location at Grand Hotel. In fact, the pool at Grand Hotel still bears the name of that swimmer-turned-actress, Esther Williams. Just as tourists came to the grounds of Grand …

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Seabiscuit Café is part of Mackinac Island’s diverse dining scene with unique restaurants and bars full of character.

Welcome back! 4 Mackinac Island businesses re-opening this year

Mackinac Island safely welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors in 2020 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. They experienced ferry boat rides from the mainland and enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides. They savored delicious Mackinac Island food, soaked up beautiful summer weather and watched incredible sunsets beyond the Mackinac Bridge. Yet, for all the ways …

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Mackinac Island offers many things to do that make perfect real-world learning experiences in science and other subjects.

Mackinac Island field trip: 3 places for hands-on science lessons

Ironically, educational visits to Mackinac Island are more popular than ever. Sure, millions of official field trips have been scratched from the calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic with many schools across the country closed to in-person learning. And even schools that are holding face-to-face classes have cancelled many off-campus excursions. Yet, parents truly have been …

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Birding on Mackinac Island offers great opportunities to see and hear migratory birds each spring and fall.

Birding on Mackinac Island

If you take a moment and stand still on Mackinac Island, you’ll probably hear a variety of sounds. The sound of horses clip-clopping by. The sound of bicycles whizzing past. The sound of a cannon firing from Fort Mackinac. The sound of water lapping up against the rocks. But if you listen closely, really closely, …

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