Activities for Couples on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island can be the perfect romantic getaway for couples. For the perfect weekend away on Mackinac Island, check out some of these activities:

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding through the island is a staple romantic activity when you visit Mackinac Island! You can get a guided tour or explore the trails solo. Or, for less physical activity, you may enjoy renting a drive-yourself buggy. Check out horseback riding at Cindy’s Riding Stable, and the buggies at Jack’s Livery Stable.

If you'd like to experience the horses while also learning about the history of the Island, you may enjoy a tour by Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. With a carriage tour, you can see Arch Rock, Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, Fort Mackinac, Grand Hotel, and Surrey Hills in one afternoon. Carriage tours depart regularly from Main St.

Kayaking to Arch Rock

Arch Rock is an iconic landmark of Mackinac Island, but if you’re looking for a new way to experience it, try viewing it from the water! A kayak tour is a great way to experience Mackinac Island from a new viewpoint.

Great Turtle Kayak Tours offers a variety of excursions to get you out on the water. Sunrise and sunset tours are also very romantic options to experience when you visit Mackinac Island. If you prefer stand-up paddleboarding, you can take that in as well. Perhaps snorkeling is an adventure you’d like to go on with your partner—this is a great way to see the underwater caves and rock formations of Lake Huron.

You can also opt for a private tour which can make the experience even more intimate.

Tandem Biking

Bikes are a primary mode of transportation when you visit Mackinac Island, but to make it even more romantic, try a tandem bike! Pack a picnic and take a ride around the island stopping to see the sites like the Mackinac Bridge. There are plenty of place to rent bikes around the Island, including:

Sip N Sail

Enjoy live music and a great bar on a Sip N Sail Cruise! The boat will take you under the Mackinac Bridge at sunset, making it the perfect romantic evening for your couple’s getaway. In addition to their sunset cruises, Sip N Sail also offers a Sunday Morning Cruise, Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bridge Tour, a Craft Beer Cruise, a Great Turtle Sunset Voyage, Bourbon Under the Bridge, and a History Cruise. 

Shopping and Dessert Downtown

On your visit to Mackinac Island, shopping and dessert downtown is a great activity to take in. Take a browse through the jewelry shops downtown, then finish the evening with some Mackinac Island fudge or an ice cream cone. To top off the night, take your treat down to the West side of the Island to watch the sunset over the Mackinac Bridge. Some great places to get ice cream and fudge include Good Day Cafe and The Original Murdick's Fudge

The Perfect Cottages on Mackinac Island

When you're planning to visit Mackinac Island with your significant other, you're likely thinking about the perfect place to stay. The Mackinac House is the perfect luxury hotel on Mackinac Island for couples! The Mackinac House is tucked into peaceful Market Street, just one block from downtown Mackinac Island. The large front porch is ideal for enjoying a quiet continental breakfast or just relaxing with your partner while taking in the clip-clop of the famous horse-drawn buggies passing by. You won't find a more tranquil place to stay on Mackinac Island!