Mackinaw City is accessed by I-75 northbound exits 337, 338 and 339. I-75 southbound exits 339 and 338.
Once in Mackinaw City, motorcoach parking is plentiful at our hotels, at all three Mackinac Island ferry services, on the west end of Central Avenue, at Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek.
WARNING: Do not use the underpass on North Huron Avenue in front of Colonial Michilimackinac. The height of the underpass is only 14′. We suggest that you pull into the Colonial Michilimackinac parking lot and use the underpass by the Visitor Center.
FREE NIGHTLY LASER LIGHT SHOW: ‘Northern Lights’ Laser Light Show in the Mackinaw Crossings located in Mackinaw City’s Shopping Distric, runs from May-October. Light up your night with a sensational music and light spectacular each evening at dusk.
FREE CONCERTS: Held at the Conkling Heritage Park performance shell on South Huron Avenue across the street from Traverse Bay Woolen Company. Free entertainment at Conkling Heritage waterfront park. Concerts typically run from July-August. For more information and a schedule, call 231-436-5574.
The Changing Seasons
SUMMER: (June-August)is the most popular time to visit. All are attractions, shopping and entertainment venues are open seven days a week and operate expanded hours. Local shops and restaurants are normally open unitl 10:30 p.m. Average daily temperature: 75-85 degrees. Average nightly temperature: 60-70 degrees.
SPRING: (April-May)This is a great time to avoid the crowds. In May all area attractions, shopping and entertainment venues are open starting around Mother’s Day. They are open seven days a week and operate on normal business hours. Local shops and restaurants are open unitl 7-8 p.m. Average daily temperature: 55-65 degrees. Average nightly temperature: 40-50 degrees.
AUTUMN: (September-October)All businesses and attractions operate seven days a week with expanded hours of operation in September and normal business hours in October. Most locals agree that September and October are the two most beautiful months of the year. Fall colors occur during the first three weeks in October. Most businesses operate until the third weekend of October. Average daily temperature: 55-75 degrees. Average nightly temperature: 40-60 degrees.
MACKINAC ISLAND: The normal visit time to Mackinac Island is approximately 7-9 hours. The temperature on Mackinac Island is typically 10 degrees cooler than in Mackinaw City. Take an early ferry to avoid crowds on both the ferries and carriage tours. Ferry boats leave every half-hour in the summer and every hour in the spring and fall. The ferry ride takes approximately 20 minutes each way. Save shopping until the end of your Island visit, enabling you to have free arms most of the day.