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Michigan

Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan

Program No. 1575RJ
Mackinac Island has been a fur trading post, Revolutionary War site, Victorian resort destination and much more. Join us as we explore the history of this small island with a big story.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.93)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,199

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 14 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on the Island's indigenous trees, plants and wildflowers and a walk on paved road to experience the natural beauty up close.

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on the Island's indigenous trees, plants and wildflowers and a walk on paved road to experience the natural beauty up close.

Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on lilacs, and a walk with a master gardener to coincide with the Island's lilac festival.

Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,399
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 14 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on the Island's indigenous trees, plants and wildflowers and a walk on paved road to experience the natural beauty up close.

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on the Island's indigenous trees, plants and wildflowers and a walk on paved road to experience the natural beauty up close.

Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This departure includes a presentation on lilacs, and a walk with a master gardener to coincide with the Island's lilac festival.

Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,749
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
2,549
Itinerary Note

This date includes lectures on indigenous birds on Mackinac Island with a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

At a Glance

Explore the treasures of Mackinac Island as you delve into the island's glorious history, geology, natural beauty, architecture and modern life. Discover old-world traditions as you learn about the island's early economic and military importance as well as its development as a Victorian resort. Customs and cultures will come alive through lectures and field trips with local residents and area experts. A field trip to Fort Mackinac and a carriage ride around the island will enhance your visit.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1–2 miles per day. Paved and unpaved roads, some hilly terrain, stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn during a carriage ride about the value of the horses.
  • Explore the island's beautiful natural spaces up close on a walk with a naturalist.
  • Find out why Mackinac’s Victorian homes are an important part of island history on a field trip with the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Transportation by foot, horse-drawn carriage, bike.
Featured Expert
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Katie Mallory
Katie Mallory worked for Mackinac State Historic Parks for 26 seasons. She started as a Historic House Interpreter in college and worked her way through to a full-time position as Museum Educator and Curator of Education. Katie oversaw programming at Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown Buildings, Mackinac Art Museum, and the Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp. She has a degree in Secondary Education in History and Social Sciences and taught in Spring Lake and Detroit. Katie loves travel and believes it’s the best form of education.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jeff Dykehouse has worked for the Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) since 1983 and is the Curator of Natural History for the MSHP. Trained as a biologist, he has worked as an interpretive naturalist, environmental educator, research biologist, and audiovisual specialist for a number of Michigan’s State and National Parks. Jeff has been a “birder” all his life and has had a master Federal Bird Banding permit for over 30 years. Jeff lives on the shore of Lake Huron near Cheboygan with his wife Laurie (a middle school science teacher) and their three children.
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Tom grew up in Lewistown, Illinois, and is a former faculty member at Central Michigan University (CMU). Tom taught mathematics at CMU, served in administrative positions, and advised actuarial students until his retirement in 2007. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University, where he also taught for two years, and earned a PhD from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Tom lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, except for the winters when he often migrates to Orange Beach, Alabama.
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Moira Croghan started coming to Mackinac Island in the summers with her family when she was eight weeks old and has returned every year since. In 2011, she moved to Mackinac Island. Moira has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and biology and earned a master’s from the University Of Michigan School Of Natural Resources. For three decades, Moira oversaw the Commonwealth of Virginia’s water pollution control and land use management programs, conducting strategies to improve water quality through education, regularity programs, permits, and enforcement.
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Dr. Carl “Shaker” Hites was born in northeast Ohio. His family has been in the logging-hardwood lumber industry for three generations. His father logged with horses first in Ohio, then Indiana. Upon receiving his DVM from Purdue University, Dr. Shaker started a practice in rural northwest Indiana, later focusing on equine work and small animals. Dr. Shaker, his wife Lisa, and their daughters have been lifelong horse owners and enthusiasts. After “retirement,” an offer to provide veterinary care on Mackinac Island was a perfect match.
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Katie Mallory View biography
Katie Mallory worked for Mackinac State Historic Parks for 26 seasons. She started as a Historic House Interpreter in college and worked her way through to a full-time position as Museum Educator and Curator of Education. Katie oversaw programming at Fort Mackinac, Historic Downtown Buildings, Mackinac Art Museum, and the Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp. She has a degree in Secondary Education in History and Social Sciences and taught in Spring Lake and Detroit. Katie loves travel and believes it’s the best form of education.
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Dr. Alyssa Connolly graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She started a mobile veterinary practice in 2004 and is now a veterinarian in Pinckney, Michigan, primarily treating equine patients as well as mixed farm animals and companion animals. Dr. Connolly grew up in Howell, Michigan, gaining experience with horses from childhood. She got her first pony at age six and started to show in 4-H not long after.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Fudge: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir
by Phil Porter
Mackinac Island and fudge. Both symbolize indulgence, fantasy and escape. But there's more to fudge than sugar, butter, chocolate and cream. In this book, historian Phil Porter stirs up the past to find the hard work and sometimes bitter controversy behind this sweet souvenir. In his hunger for truth and historical accuracy, Porter dug deep into the kitchens and cupboards of the fudge culture. No appetite for history, no taste for sweet truth will be satisfied without reading Fudge: Mackinac's Sweet Souvenir.
Mackinac Island Adventures
by Lynda Hepker and Steven Hepker
An introduction to island culture and adventures on beautiful Mackinac Island. Written by year round residents of the island, this booklet offers information that you should know before traveling to Mackinac Island. Plus, a little history, some fun facts, things to see and do off the beaten path, and a little humor about how residents live on the island through the fours seasons of Michigan.
The Legend of Mackinac Island
by Kathy-jo Wargin
Beautifully illustrated story incorporating Indian legends of Mackinac Island. Retells the story of the great turtle Makinauk that enlists the aid of other animals to help create the special place known as Mackinac Island, and their discovery of new lands and long-lasting friendship. llustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.
Mackinac Island: Three Hundred and Fifty Years of History
by Robert E. Benjamin
This guide to the history of Mackinac Island will increase any visitor's enjoyment of this beautiful and historic island. This chronological account of the significant events in the island's history is illustrated by fascinating photos both current and historical.
Mackinac Island (Images of America Series)
by Tom North
From historical richness to unparalleled natural beauty, Michigan's Mackinac Island is the crown jewel of the Great Lakes, unique in America. Native American visitors preceded French explorers and missionaries of the 17th century. Forts were established and battles fought between American and British soldiers. Commerce, including fur trading and fishing, later surpassed military importance, in turn yielding to the tourism industry that has dominated the past 150 years. Accessible by water, "ice bridge," or air, Mackinac Island encompasses a state park, harbor, city, and Victorian hotels and homes. A permanent automobile ban helps preserve the island's historic character, leaving land movement to foot, bicycle, and horse-drawn carriage. This book uses historical photographs to depict Mackinac Island heritage and culture. Rare images capture bygone days and lifestyles on this island where 19th century charm surprises and intrigues even today.





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