Shepler’s offers more than just a boat ride to Mackinac Island. We also provide exciting educational adventures for students of all ages – from the time you arrive at our Mackinac City or St. Ignace locations until your last minute aboard our ferries.

Shepler’s school specials include:

  • Priority boarding: Your group will be the first to board the vessel to Mackinac Island, so your students will stay together.
  • Mighty Mac views: Show your students the Mackinac Bridge from a whole new angle, looking at the underside from below. Simply ask for a Mighty Mac Departure on the way to the island.
  • Free tickets: One free adult ferry ticket for every 30 paid students tickets.
  • Free package planning: We customize each island package to your group’s needs; with visits to Fort Mackinac, the island’s butterfly museum and more. Shelper’s will also set up carriage tours for your students.
  • Fun and educational information packets for teachers: Curriculum packets include lesson plans, puzzles and a scavenger hunt that your students can do while on Mackinac Island.

Start your educational adventure today by calling one of our student group experts at 800-828-6157 (Mon-Fri 9 am – 5 pm Eastern Standard time) or email us at