1575
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island: The Jewel of Michigan
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.
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Program No. 1575EJX
Length
6 days
Starts at
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Mackinac Island
D
Harbour View Inn

Afternoon: On-site registration and hotel check-in.

Dinner: Dinner on-site at 6:00pm.

Evening: Welcome program.

DAY
2
Carriage Tour & Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island
B,L,D
Harbour View Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Enjoy a narrated carriage tour of Mackinac Island through the downtown and into the state park. Discover the valuable roles horses play on the island. Afterwards, visit historic Fort Mackinac and learn about the island's military importance.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Discover the geological history of Mackinac Island and the Great Lakes region in a classroom session followed by a walking field trip with a prominent local naturalist.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Learn about the daily challenges, unique dilemmas, and unexpected pleasures residents face living on Mackinac Island.

DAY
3
History of Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
B,L,D
Harbour View Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Discuss the unusual combination of Mackinac Island history (Native, French, English, and American) and learn how each culture played a role in the island's development. Discover the island’s role in past wars, as a home for early fur traders, explorers, and mapmakers, and its development as a popular tourist destination.

Lunch: Lunch on-site

Afternoon: Group will be split in two: Group A will attend a classroom session to study the unique flora and plant life on the island followed by a walking field trip to experience the island's natural beauty up close (includes 1 – 1.5 hour leisurely walk). Group B will visit the historic Grand Hotel for an elegant, but casual, afternoon of tea.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Learn about one of Mackinac Island’s most important resources – the horses. Discuss their many roles, their care, and why they are so essential to island life today.

DAY
4
Mackinac Island Birding
Mackinac Island
B,L,D
Harbour View Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Learn about the indigenous birds on Mackinac Island through a fun and charming lecture with an experienced birder. Take a walk to discover their habitats and nesting areas.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Group will be split in two: Group B will attend a classroom session to study the unique flora and plant life on the island followed by a walking field trip to experience the island's natural beauty up close (includes 1 – 1.5 hour leisurely walk). Group A will visit the historic Grand Hotel for an elegant, but casual, afternoon of tea.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Find out more about the island’s birds and raptors. Learn about behavior and flying patterns.

DAY
5
Victorian Architecture, Free Afternoon
Mackinac Island
B,L,D
Harbour View Inn

Activity note: Approximately 75-80 stairs to climb as part of the walking field trip in the morning session.

Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Learn why the Victorian homes on Mackinac Island are an important part of the island's history and their status today as renowned works of art. Revel in their beauty and design on a walking field trip with the Deputy Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Mackinac Island on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on-site.

Evening: Closing program.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Mackinac Island
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast on-site.

Morning: Discover the traditional foods of Northern Michigan, including their historical and cultural influences.

Lunch: Lunch on-site.

Afternoon: Program ends at 11:30am after lunch.