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Mackinac Island Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours is the oldest and largest horse and buggy livery in the world and the official tour of Mackinac State Park.

Enjoy the narrated tour through downtown to Surrey Hills where you will disembark the two horse hitch to enjoy the carriage museum and or Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

Then it is onto a three hitch carriage (you’ll need one more horsepower…) and off to Arch Rock and through the Boreal forest with stops at Fort Mackinac and Grand Hotel.

So, climb aboard, sit back and relax and just enjoy the ride. Tours depart regularly from the office on Main Street next to the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.

Quick Links:

Coupons and Specials Offers Page

Carriage Tour Map and Photos

Private Carriage Tours

Horse-Drawn Carriages for Weddings

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Haunts of Mackinac

The Haunts of Mackinac’ Haunted History Tours are based at Mission Point Resort. Tours can be scheduled in person at the Haunts store located at Mission Point Resort or by calling 906-847-8018.

As seen on the SyFy Channel’s hit show Ghost Hunters, Mission Point Resort may even have a resident ghost or two. We’ve never seen them, but maybe you will!

All of the tours will both entertain and inform you of Mackinac’s spirited residents.

Four tour options await you:

* Downtown History/Ghost Tour: $15 per person
* Mission Point Ghost Tour: $12 per person
* Midnight Ghost Tour: $20 per person
* Ghost Hunt: $35 per person

Children 7 and under are free. Parental discretion is advised.

Mission Point Resort – Ghost Hunter Package – From $159
* Lodging at Mission Point Resort
* Breakfast in Round Island Bar & Grill daily
* A dinner in Chianti – our new Italian Restaurant
* Round-trip Ferry Tickets on Arnold Transit
* A Ghost Tour given by the Haunts of Mackinac for two

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The Summer Crew starts arriving on the Island

Here’s a video from April 2008 of the annual task of transporting the horses over to the island and getting them ready for the summer… (youtube video courtesy of PNRnews)


The Inn at Stonecliffe

Discretely situated high atop the west bluff of Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe welcomes you to experience the historic charm and unparalleled beauty of this one-of-a-kind Mackinac Island summer estate hotel. Today, completely remodeled and expanded, this Edwardian style Inn & hotel celebrates its first century with an unmatched location and grand views of the Straits of Mackinac and Mackinac Bridge.

Cudahy Manor

The Cudahy Manor offers 16 captivating guest rooms featuring views of the Inn’s expansive grounds, the Mackinac Bridge and surrounding Straits of Mackinac. All guest rooms are non-smoking and are equipped with a private bath, telephone and wireless internet. To enhance your traditional bed & breakfast stay, our rooms in the mansion do not have air conditioning or televisions. If you desire these amenities we recommend that you book your stay in our Summer House Suites. All in-house guests are welcome to enjoy our continental breakfast served each morning of their stay.

Summer House Suites

The Summer House contains 29 richly appointed studio suites and two two-bedroom suites, decorated in a classic summer cottage style with a light Victorian influence. All Summer House suites are air conditioned and are equipped with a full size sofa sleeper, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, television, wireless internet and telephone. All in-house guests are welcome to enjoy our continental breakfast each morning of their stay.

The Inn at Stonecliffe
PO Box 338
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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Fort Mackinac

Inside the stately stone walls it’s a different time.

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day.


All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island. 
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices. 
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.

Audiovisual Programs

Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Post Commissary, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Fort Mackinac Video via Mackinac State Historic Parks


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Fort Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

Tag your Fort Mackinac instagram photos with #fortmackinac and they will appear here in our Fort Mackinac Instagram Photo Stream.



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