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Water Lover's Mackinac

Located off-the-coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in Lake Huron, there is no shortage of ways to experience the renewing, playful and calming benefits of water on Mackinac Island. See which water experiences are right for you in our guide below.

Delta Fox Aerial Tours

Take an aerial tour of Mackinac Island and its sparkling waters with Delta Fox to create memories that will last a lifetime. Touring in Delta Fox's Piper Saratoga, you will see sights from the unique perspective of 1,000 feet above in luxury and style. It is a remarkable way to make any visit to Mackinac Island unforgettable. 

Learn more here. 

Starline's Pirate Ship

New for the 2023 season, on Tuesdays through Saturdays June 20 - September 5, take a trip on Starline's Pirate Ship in lieu of the typical ferry ride. Named The Good Fortune, Starline encourages guests to dawn the finest pirate apparel - and bring along their best and finest "arrrrrrr!". The Good Fortune is also available for speciality, private cruises. 

Learn more here. 


Sip n’ Sail Cruises

If you’re looking to get off your feet, bike or horse-drawn carriage for a while – Sip n’ Sail Cruises is a one-of-a-kind experience on the waters surrounding Mackinac Island. The Isle Royale Queen III takes passengers on a voyage along the shoreline of Mackinac Island, under the Mighty Mackinac bridge and across the waters of both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, all while allowing its guests to enjoy live music and refreshments courtesy of the ship’s full bar.

7325 Main Street | 844-906-906


Great Turtle Kayak Tours

Get as close as you can to the water, without actually swimming it with Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Great Turtle Kayak Tours are led by only the most vetted guides who are American Canoe Association & Red Cross certified with more than two decades worth of experience. Even if it’s your first time on the water, the instructors will make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Not ready to explore right-out-the-gate? Take a lesson on the calm waters the Mackinac Island Marina before exploring the natural rock formations, wildlife, and lighthouses.

7395 Main Street | 231-71-KAYAK


Chippewa Hotel

Located off of Mackinac’s Main Street, Chippewa Hotel is a water lover’s dream. Whether you a fancy a lake view or something more immersive, the lakefront resort offers something for everyone. Even if you are already familiar with the Chippewa’s Pink Pony restaurant and lakefront views, you might be surprised to know about the hotel’s private swimming pool also located on the coast.

7221 Main Street | 800-241-3341

 W.T. Rabe Stone Skipping Competition (Annual Event: July 4)

Held each year on the fourth of July, and known to attract world-record stone skippers (yep, that's a thing), Mackinac Island's annual W.T. Rabe Stone Skipping Competition is a full-day affair for all ages and divisions. From Gerplunkers to professionals, learn more at

Grand Hotel’s Esther Williams Pool

Newly renovated and featuring the most modern amenities, don't skip out on this grand experience. Named after actress and competitive swimmer, Esther Williams, who starred in This Time for Keeps (1974) filmed at Grand Hotel, you don’t need to be a professional swimmer to enjoy updates including reservable cabanas, a heated whirlpool, and — for when you need some extra R&R — an adults-only infinity pool with unbeatable views. Keep an eye out for upcoming events including family-friendly movie nights.

286 Grand Hotel Avenue | 906-847-3331


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