Mackinac Island offers the perfect family vacation! With plenty of activities, the kids, and kids at heart, are sure to have a blast.
The Butterfly House is a staple activity on Mackinac Island. As Mackinac Island’s original insect museum, you can get up close and personal to hundreds of insects! Check out the education room where you can see how butterflies have changed America and learn where different types of butterflies come from. The Butterfly House is located behind Ste. Anne’s church.
There are a variety of playgrounds on the Island for kids to let out those wiggles!
The Great Turtle Park Playground is in Harrisonville. You can access it from 6th or 7th Street. It also has a volleyball court, basketball court, soccer field, softball field, disc golf course, and a pavilion with a fireplace. There are restrooms at the Great Turtle Park Playground that are open seasonally.
Check out the jungle gym behind the Art Museum so everyone can let off some steam.
The Mackinac Island Public School has a large jungle gym to enjoy! There are swings that overlook the Straits of Mackinac which is a treat to enjoy at sunset.
The Benjamin Blacksmith Shop was built in the 1880s. The shop was run as a blacksmith shop in the 1960s by Robert Benjamin and his son Herbert. You can learn all about the carriage wheels and horseshoes that were made here over the years. Your family will also enjoy learning about traditional blacksmith techniques like forming hot metal.
You will find the entrance to the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop through the Biddle House.
Fort Mackinac, founded during the American Revolution, is full of history and education for everyone in your family. You're sure to enjoy the traditional outfits of the cast of the Fort, as well as the deployment of the canon over the Island! Tour the buildings of the Fort and step back in time to the 1800s.
Fort Holmes is another fort to explore on the Island. While it is smaller than Fort Mackinac, it is still full of history. Take the hike up to Fort Holmes and learn about the structure and past of the other side of the Island.
Cars are banned on Mackinac Island, making horses a large portion of the Mackinac Island experience!
Taking a carriage tour is a great family-friendly way to experience the Island. 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. Check out Mackinac Island Carriage Tours for more information.
If you prefer a more personal experience with the horses of Mackinac Island, you may enjoy a horseback riding tour! You can take a guided tour or go solo. Children must be at least 10 years old and 50” tall to ride. Check out Jack’s Livery Stable or Cindy’s Riding Stable for more information.
A fun horse experience for the family on Mackinac Island is to drive your own horse-drawn buggy. This is a great way to experience the Island at your own pace. Check out Jack’s Livery Stable for more information.