Arrival by Ferry

Don’t worry about how to deal with transportation and luggage without motor vehicles on Mackinac Island, they have it all worked out.  The ferry tags your luggage by hotel and calls ahead for the hotel porters to meet you.  A few hotels send a carriage.  For the others the porters pile an unbelievable number of bags onto a front bicycle basket and take your stuff to the registration desk while you walk the few blocks.  Don’t dawdle because the porter waits for you to take back your luggage, and they certainly deserve a tip!  $1- $2 per piece of luggage.  Or in bad weather take a horse-drawn taxi for about $5, they are waiting at the ferry too.  If none of this happens, you can easily pull along wheeled luggage yourself to any accommodation in town.

Getting around

Walk, mostly.  Print yourself the excellent PDF map from Download Mackinac Island Guide and Map or pick up the printed version when you arrive and you will see that the scale of the town is only a few blocks in any direction.  Even Mission Point or the Grand are only a few minutes’ walk to town.  Bike, if you brought or rented one.  Travelers driving to the ferry docks can save $ by bringing across their own bikes, as renting in 2009 is about $40/day, $60/24 hrs.  One or two smaller shops offer 4 PM to 10 AM overnight rentals at less than the day rate, a good deal at the best times of day to be exploring.  Watch bike parking rules, especially none overnight on Main Street.  Bicycles are definitely the way to explore the miles of trails in the park.  Carriage.  Horse drawn taxis are radio dispatched, so you may need to call (906) 847-3323, or use the courtesy phone at the taxi office on Main Street, rather than hope to hail one passing by.  Rates are about like an urban taxicab, in 2009 $5-$7 one way for most locations.  There are also scheduled shuttles to certain points.

Accessibility

This useful page is a little hard to find Accessibility on Mackinac Island . Seeing no posting of firsthand experience with disability access, it may be helpful to offer the observation that wheelchairs and electric scooters appear to mix much more easily on the island with pedestrians, bikes, and horse carriages than the usual town with car traffic.  Since the auditory environment is uniquely quiet and carriages move slowly, it would be interesting for someone with vision impairment to post their experience of the island.