We always mark Memorial weekend as the first sign of summer, and this year it did not disappoint! Temperatures in the low 70s, not a cloud in the sky, and the wind even cooperated (on Saturday, at least).  As you start planning for your summer Mackinac vacation, we want to let you know a little bit about what is going on in the next few months.

Lighthouse Cruises

Our Lighthouse Cruises start on June 21st. Each cruise is narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and gives you an up-close view of these historic icons.  We have 5 different routes to choose from, including our 5-hour cruise through the Les Cheneaux Islands.  You can learn more about each cruise and book your reservation here.

Night Sky Cruises

You have five chances this summer to get out and see the stars with us, and your first chance is June 30th for the Quarter Moon Cruise.  Come enjoy an evening on the water with narration by Mary Stewart Adams, Program Director for the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands in Mackinaw City.  See the schedule and buy tickets here.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Get up close and personal with the awesome fireworks displays over the Straits of Mackinac!  Tickets sell out every year, so be sure to get yours early.  We have cruises leaving from Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City.  Get more information and buy tickets here.

Other notable events include:

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival June 9-18.  The Lilac Parade should definitely be on your bucket list.  It is the longest running horse-drawn parade in the United States and it happens on June 18th at 4pm.

Chicago to Mackinac Race – Leaves Chicago July 15th

Bell’s Bayview to Mackinac Race – Leaves Port Huron July 22nd

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – August 18-20


Steve Akers

We will be on the Island 8/21-8/24. Do you have any day or evening boat tours available during this time? Thanks, Steve

Misty Martinchek

We do have some Lighthouse Cruises available while you are in the area.
August 21, 2-7pm Les Cheneaux Cruise
August 22, 2-5:30pm Extended West Cruise
August 24, 2-5pm Westbound Cruise
We hope one of those will work for you. You can book online or call our office at 800-828-6157 for tickets.

Wendy Warren

What are the dates for the extended westward lighthouse cruise? I have gone on all of them except this one and totally enjoyed them.

Misty Martinchek

We have 6 dates for the Extended West cruise.
June 26, July 8 & 25, August 8 & 22, and September 12

We hope to see you on one of those cruises this year!


I am looking for the night cruise on July 28th. Is that available?

Misty Martinchek

I’m sorry, we do not have a Night Sky Cruise on July 28th. We do have one on July 29th and there are still tickets available.

Martha Braun

How long is the ferry ride from Mackinaw City to the Island?

Misty Martinchek

All of our ferries take about 16 minutes to get to the Island, both from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. The only exception is the Mighty Mac Departures that go under the Mackinac Bridge on the way to the Island. That excursion adds about 7 minutes to the total trip, but it’s totally worth it!

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