Date-night On the Water.

Even on vacation it’s easy to fall into a date-night rut. This Threads of Mackinac series, Pure Michigan Date Night, highlights fun activities for you and your significant other that might push you out of your comfort zone, and will definitely push the two of you closer together. Skip the dinner reservation and book an excursion that you’ll remember for years to come.

Get as close as you can get to the water, without actually swimming it with Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours


Taking a kayak out on the Straits of Mackinac an experience unlike anything else. You feel the power of the water and get to Mackinac Island from a whole new angle. With the help of an expert guide at Great Turtle Kayak Tours you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Straits of Mackinac around Mackinac Island in no time.

Start your adventure at the dock behind Doud’s Market and the Horse Corral Mall. From there you’ll meet your guide, hop in the kayak and explore the shores. 

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.

Protip: After an afternoon out on The Straits, grab a bite and beverages at the Pink Pony just steps from the shore. Happy Hour is from 3 pm to 5 pm.