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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
+1 231-436-5023
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Lighthouses
Owner description: Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on... more » Owner description: Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on Shepler's spacious vessels during these fascinating tours. For close to three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been a vital nautical thoroughfare, providing passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan. But traveling its famed blue waters has not come without risk. Over the many decades, lighthouses were built to protect mariners from dangerous shoals and reefs. Each has a story to tell. Shepler's exclusive Lighthouse Cruises are voyages of discovery. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and the fascinating history surrounding these Great Lakes guardians. « less
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a great trip had a great guide. They made sure that everyone on the boat got a great view of the lighthouses so we could get great pictures. We took the five hour tour and loved it. We were given a lunch and they sold additional snacks it you wanted something else. We will take another of their... More

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Enumclaw, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Loved the trip over to the island with a brief side trip under the bridge. The boat moves fast enough to avoid nausea in rough waters. On time and pleasant experience.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

very well planned trip, enjoyed very much. the narration was outstanding on the history and important details.

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Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We usually use Star just because it's closer to our hotel in the city. They are nice too but Sheplers seemed extra nice & extra helpful. I won 2 tickets earlier in the year. The grand entrance announcing you are going to the island is nice. The area is very inviting & clean. Would use again.

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Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The boats were exactly on time! They did not mess around. They were efficient, quick and did their job. No fuss, no muss!

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Nevis, Minnesota, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It was a rainy day so we sat down below, price was good for service. The staff was friendly and helpful. The ride over was smooth and scenic but it was cloudy out. The ride home was very bumpy but the captain warned us and they made sure we were seated and safe.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We enjoyed this line very much. Try and go to 9:00, 9:30 or 10:00 as they go under the bridge and talk about it for the same price as going at other times. It was pretty cool. A very fast well organized cruise line.

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SW Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

From reservations to the boat ride everything was done professionally. Free parking, free shuttle service and speedy service. They know what they are doing! IMHO Mackinaw Island is one big tourist trap. Of course my wife, the shopper, disagrees but she's not writing the review!

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Hartland,Mi
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I did the eastern lighthouse cruise on 8/4/2014.This was a awesome trip.Terry Pepper was very informative about all of the lights that we were able to see.We are already planning for next summer.Thank You GLLKA

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Canton, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Chose this option because it was fast and offered more frequent trips and later return trips from the Island back to the mainland.

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