We’re On The Island, Now What?

We're On The Island Now What? - Victoria Buursma

Here is a short guide to some kid-friendly activities on the island!

Butterfly House: Ages 3 and under are free, 4-11 are $5 and 12 and up are $10. One thing to take note is you cannot take strollers through the butterfly house so plan accordingly.

Swimming: You are able to use the pool at the Grand Hotel even if you aren’t a guest. There is, however, a daily cost of $15 for ages 10+, $7.50 for ages 5-9 and under the age of 5 is free with adult admission. You can easily spend the entire day at the pool.

Fort Mackinac: Reenactments, exhibits, movie and more. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. If you purchase your passes online you can also save a little money. I should also note, guests with wheelchairs should use the back entrance off Huron Road as steps are required to use the front entrance. For us, there is no way we can get our triple stroller up the front.

Playgrounds: There are multiple playgrounds on the island. One is in Marquette Park to the back right and the other is located beside the school. I personally prefer the school one as they have multiple structures depending on your child’s size.

Run or Relax: Marquette Park is a great location to let your little ones run and play and down by Mission Point is as well. Perfect spot for picnics!

Golf: Mission Point has an 18 hole putting course. Adults are $10 and children 12 and under are $5. They also offer glow golf on some nights. Fun spot for kids!

Carriages: There are a couple options when it comes to carriage tours. You can either take the public carriage tours which lasts about an hour and 45 minutes. Adults are $29, children 5-12 are $11 and children under 4 are free IF they are held on your lap. You can purchase these tickets and board downtown. Personally, we love the private carriage tours because it is able to accommodate our family better. Gough Carriage tours is a great option. You can personalize your tour and the cost is hourly based on the amount of people. Depending on how large your party is or if you split the tour with another couple, your cost may be the same or even less then the public ones.

Shopping: There are many areas to shop downtown. One thing I do like to mention though is if you have a larger stroller or wagon, you may not fit in the majority of the stores so plan accordingly.

Walking: Tons of locations to go for a stroll. We personally love walking along the water and up in the bluff. You can take a stroll up to Surrey Hill to get some fresh donuts.

Eating: It would be difficult to find a restaurant that is not kid friendly but some of our favorites that we eat at frequently are the Pink Pony, the Mustang Lounge, Island Slice Pizza and The Mighty Mac.

Sweets: My girls LOVE to head into Murdick’s Fudge and watch the gentlemen make the fudge fresh on the tables. They leave with a big smile.

Bikes: Bicycles with training wheels cannot be operated on Main Street, Market Street or Cadotte Avenue. Personally, I wouldn’t utilize one on any street because during the summer months almost all streets have traffic, including horses.

Forgot Something: If you find yourself needing something head on over to Doud’s Market. Rather it be a snack, juice or anything in between.

Mackinac Island is very kid friendly and you can easily keep your little one(s) entertained for a day or even a week!

•Photos courtesy of Rose Witt and Katharine Witt.•

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