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Popular amenities for Mackinac Island vacation rentals

Stay near Mackinac Island's top sights

Grand Hotel6 locals recommend
Fort Mackinac3 locals recommend
Arch Rock3 locals recommend
Mission Point Resort3 locals recommend
Pink Pony10 locals recommend
Woods Restaurant4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Mackinac Island

  • Total rentals

    20 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    ﺩ.ﺇ441 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    1.6K reviews

  • Wifi availability

    20 properties include access to wifi

  • Popular amenities

    Free parking on premises, Self check-in, and Monthly stays

  • Local attractions

    Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and Arch Rock

Your guide to Mackinac Island

All About Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, a former Ojibwe trading center and French and British military base, evolved into a popular vacation destination after the U.S. government took it over in 1812. Located on Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, the tiny island may be best known for banning cars and making fudge — if there’s a connection between the two, you’ll have to make it yourself. You can stay overnight here or return to the mainland to sleep in towns such as Mackinaw City, Petoskey, or Harbor Springs. During the day, many visitors rent bikes and coaches to circle the eight-mile-long perimeter. There are enough outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and golf, to keep you occupied for several days. Or simply spend a few hours perusing the shops in the Victorian downtown and the historical sites.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Mackinac Island

Peak tourist season on Mackinac Island runs from late May through early October, when the climate is the most appealing. In July and August, the temperature ranges from the 70s to the low 90s Fahrenheit, whereas the spring and fall months are comfortably cool, even brisk. Summer and fall are the two wettest seasons, and the humidity on clear days is noticeable, so you’ll want to pack breathable, light clothes and rain jackets.

Most of the visitors, as well as the horses, leave the island during the cold, snowy winters, which the Great Lakes supplements with heavy fog. But some prefer the island in the off-season. If you’re one of them, dress for sub-freezing temperatures and deep snow.

Top things to do in Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island State Park

This state park takes up four-fifths of the island, and trails for pedestrians and bikes crisscross the hilly interior. The densest woodlands can be found in the north and center, but the southeast quadrant draws many people to marvel over Arch Rock, a limestone formation high over the lake.

Fort Mackinac

Climb the bluffs above the ferry landing to get to Fort Mackinac, the oldest standing structure in Michigan. You can check out the military barracks and historical reenactments, fire a cannon, or simply wander along the cliffs admiring Lake Huron.

Carriage Ride

Horse-drawn carriages, which range in size from two-seaters to large taxis, circle the island throughout the day, stopping at major attractions or allowing you to enjoy the island at a leisurely pace. Some stables rent out horses to experienced riders.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Mackinac Island?

    Mackinac Island experiences a temperate climate. Summers are mild and pleasant, typically around 70°F (21°C), while winters are cold, often dropping to 24°F (-4°C). Snow is common in the winter, making for perfect conditions for winter activities like cross-country skiing.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Mackinac Island?

    Explore Mackinac Island's rich history at Fort Mackinac, take a leisurely bike ride around the island, or venture into nature on one of the many hiking trails. Don't forget to experience a carriage tour, or visit the Butterfly House, a favorite among visitors.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Mackinac Island?

    The most frequented time to visit Mackinac Island is during the summer months, particularly June through August. During this time, popular local events such as the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival and the Annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival take place.

  • What are the best places to stay in Mackinac Island?

    Popular areas to stay in Mackinac Island include the downtown area, close to the ferry docks and the Main Street, for easy access to shops and restaurants. Another popular area is near the Grand Hotel, known for its charm and proximity to Fort Mackinac.

  • What are the best places to visit in Mackinac Island?

    Explore the historic charm of Fort Mackinac, take a horse-drawn carriage tour around the island, or visit the Butterfly House and Insect World for some family fun. The Grand Hotel is also a frequently suggested spot for its unique elegance. If you're into nature, you'll love the Mackinac Island State Park, which covers 80% of the island's 9.8 square miles (25.4 square km).

  • What are some hiking trails in Mackinac Island?

    Mackinac Island has a network of trails to explore. Often recommended are the Tranquil Bluff Trail offering views of Lake Huron, and the British Landing Nature Trail, known for its diverse birdlife. The Island Loop is another popular trail that circles the island.

  • What are some family activities to do in Mackinac Island?

    Families can enjoy a wide range of activities on Mackinac Island. From exploring the history at Fort Mackinac, discovering the butterflies at the Butterfly House, to taking a scenic carriage tour, there's something for everyone.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Mackinac Island?

    Day trips from Mackinac Island often include visits to nearby areas of interest such as St. Ignace, a town known for its Native American history, and the beautiful Mackinaw City located at the southern tip of the Mackinac Bridge.

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