The Historic Mackinac Island

At A Glance

The island was home to an Odawa settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position as a center on the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade. This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the site of two battles during the War of 1812.

Private Historical & Sunset Sail Tours

During this VIP Adventure Explores will enjoy horse drawn carriage transportation, private tour of Fort Mackinac, sunset sailboat tour of the Island, and the evenings dinner and suite accommodations at the Grand Hotel Resort.

For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, unique shopping and diverse dining. Unforgettable sunsets, awe-inspiring sunrises and extraordinary nightlife befit our ranking as a Top 10 U.S. Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today. ​Start planning your trip to Mackinac Island…the Jewel of the Great Lakes. Look for things to do on Mackinac Island that won’t cost you a penny. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring rock formation, a breathtaking walk through the woods or a gorgeous sunset on the beach, there’s a photo-worthy moment everywhere you turn. You can hike the trails, paddle a kayak or ride a bike all the way around the island. Take a ferry under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, enjoy world-famous fudge or relax in a horse-drawn carriage. Adventure awaits!


The Historic Mackinac Island