Sample Itinerary


Enjoy and explore Mackinac Island at your own pace using the Mackinac Island Experience package. Plan on spending approximately seven to nine hours taking in the wonderful sites and experiences Mackinac Island has to offer.

If you plan to partake in the Grand Luncheon Buffet, you should plan to catch a ferry no later than 9:00 AM so that you have time for the Carriage Tour, Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservancy and Fort Mackinac before arriving at Grand Hotel between 12:00-2:00 PM to enjoy the buffet.

Presented below is a sample itinerary:

Early to Mid-Morning


Carriage Ride
Late Morning

  • Re-board carriage and continue horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island State Park. (60 minutes)
  • Arrive at Fort Mackinac, a National Historic Landmark and Michigan's only Revolutionary War-era fort. Tour original buildings, experience live historic interpretive programs and exhibits (60-120 minutes).


Grand Hotel
Early Afternoon

  • Lunch - Enjoy the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, Grand Hotel buffet luncheon or one of the other many unique Mackinac Island restaurants (60 minutes).*


Grand Hotel
Late Afternoon

  • Re-board a three-horse carriage for your return to Surrey Hill Museum, then board the 2-horse carriage to venture back downtown or end your tour at Grand Hotel. Or walk 1/2 mile directly from Fort Mackinac to Grand Hotel.
  • Tour Grand Hotel porch, interior lobby, Cupola or Geranium Bar, clothing and gift shops (60-90 minutes).
  • Present your voucher to the admissions desk at the east end of Grand Hotel prior to 5:00 p.m to receive your admission pass. You may also use this on the same day as your admission for a $10.00 discount per adult on the Grand Luncheon Buffet, served daily from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the hotel's Main Dining Room. Casual resort wear is appropriate during the day at Grand Hotel. No tank tops or cut offs are permitted. Please check with Grand Hotel regarding black out dates for Grand Luncheon Buffet (906)847-3331.


Grand Hotel
Early Evening

  • Dinner - your choice, Mackinac Island (60-90 minutes)*
  • Depart Mackinac Island on the ferry line you selected earlier in the day on the mainland. (15-20 minutes)


  • Stay the night at one of Mackinac Island's many fine hotels, bed & breakfasts or cottages.*
  • Enjoy and explore another day on Mackinac Island.



*Lunch, dinner and overnight lodging are not included in the price of a Mackinac Island Experience package. Package includes a $10 discount coupon per adult for the Grand Hotel's luncheon buffet served daily from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

There may be dates when Grand Hotel's Main Dining room is closed to non-hotel guests. Please call (906)847-3331 to confirm that the dining room will be available for the meal you wish to enjoy at Grand Hotel.