Trips and Tips: Mackinac Island

Recently, my parents and I took a vacation to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City. Here are some tips if you are planning a trip to these locations.


My mom and I take in the view of Mackinac Island from Fort Mackinac.


1.)    If you have friends from Michigan who love Mackinac Island and have been there multiple times, ask them to give you the scoop. This is a step we took, and I’m glad we did because it gave us some perspective in choosing what to see and do in the time we’d allotted.

2.)    Renting bikes and circling the island was my favorite part of the entire trip, but if you’re taking a carriage tour too, don’t bother to stop and climb the bazillion steps at Arch Rock. Wait for the carriage to stop there. Your legs will thank you.


Arch Rock on Mackinac Island

3.)    Don’t neglect the historical sites at Mackinaw City. Colonial Michilimackinac is fun because the actors give you historical information about the reconstructed fort.


4.)    If you visit the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, don’t wear flip flops. You aren’t allowed to climb the lighthouse without secure footwear, and unless you want to choose a pair of shoes from the community pile next the lighthouse steps, wear sneakers.

5.)    Don’t forget the Icebreaker Mackinaw in Mackinaw City. Decommissioned in 2006, this ship is open for tours and gives insight into the world of winter shipping on the Great Lakes. Once again, I’d recommend sneakers because of all the climbing of ladders within the ship. Ladies, I’d suggest avoiding skirts or dresses for the same reason.


Photo fun with my dad at the Mackinaw

3 Responses to Trips and Tips: Mackinac Island

  1. Bekah July 23, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    This is on my list of places to go – sometime. Love these tips!! Community shoes??GROSS!!!!!!!!!

  2. Marissa Shrock July 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Bekah, I think you and Ryan would have a great time there, and I’m sure you’d get some wonderful pictures. Yeah, the community shoes grossed me out. Fortunately, my mom had an extra pair of hers in the car I could borrow!

  3. Margaret September 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    This sounds fun! I will have to put it on my to-do list of places to see if I’m ever in Michigan.

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