Mackinac Island Attractions

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The finest restaurants, best shopping and most fascinating historical attractions await just outside your door when you stay at the Harbour View Inn. Our charming hotel complex is ideally located on Main Street, just a short walk from the heart of Mackinac Island. This makes us the perfect starting point to explore all the great things to do and see in the area. Delve into the history of this fascinating island by exploring heritage sites, learn about nature at the Wings of Mackinac Island Butterfly Conservatory or unwind as a horse-drawn carriage carries you past spectacular scenery. For assistance with arranging tours, recreational activities or anything else you might want to experience during your visit to Mackinac Island, please do not hesitate to ask our friendly staff.

Nearby attractions and points of interest


St. Anne Catholic Church

Step back in time when you visit this exquisite historic church, located next to the Harbour View Inn. Wander through the museum and learn how Catholicism has remained one of the few constants on Mackinac Island, shaping the community and enriching its unique past.

The Original Butterfly House & Insect World

Marvel at hundreds of colorful butterflies as they flutter around lush gardens at this one-of-a-kind attraction. Located only steps from the Harbour View Inn, visitors will discover little-known facts about these remarkable insects. There are even crafts and other fun activities for the kids.

Fort Mackinac

The crack of rifles, boom of cannon fire and rows of marching soldiers bring history alive at this National Historic Landmark. Learn how Fort Mackinac played a vital role in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 by visiting these 14 historic structures.

Carriage Tours

This is the most relaxing (and romantic) way to explore the countless sights on Mackinac Island. A horse-drawn carriage will carry you to the spectacular Arch Rock limestone formation, the Surrey Hills Museum and other attractions.


One of Mackinac Island’s main modes of transportation, the bicycle. There are many bicycle rental locations on the island that offer adult and child bikes along with helmets and maps.  For your convenience, the Harbour View Inn rents bicycles as well.



May 17: Zoo de Mack Bike Bash

May 22-23: Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus Convention

May 27-30: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference


June 6-15: Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

June 7: Lilac Festival 10k Run/Walk


Every Thursday in July: Music in the Park

July 4: Mackinac Island's Star Spangled Fourth

July 5: Mackinac Island 4th of July Race

July 12-15: Bell's Beer Bayview to Mackinac Race

July 16: Round the Island Race

July 17-19: MacMan: Mackinac to Manitoulin Race

July 19-22: Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac


August 2-4: War of 1812 Commemorative Reenactment

August 8-9: Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse

August 15-16: National Hickory Stick Tournament

August 22-23: Mackinac Island Fudge Festival

August 29- September 1: Grand Hotel's Labor Day Jazz Weekend

August 30: Horn's Bar Labor Day Regatta


September 6: Mackinac Island September Eight Mile Run/Walk


October 4: Mackinac Island Bridal Show at Mission Point Resort

October 6-12: Spartan Store Days on Mackinac Island

October 10-12: Ballroom Dancing Weekend at Grand Hotel

October 17-19: Women's Wellness Weekend