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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

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Address: 556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy...

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.

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Great tour with good staff who had lots of information and were very friendly, had a great time and would highly recommend.

Reviewed January 21, 2017
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
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Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Great tour with good staff who had lots of information and were very friendly, had a great time and would highly recommend.

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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this review

Hello and thank you so much for taking advantage of one of our lighthouse cruises! We appreciate the feedback and we're thrilled to see the glowing five stars. Here's hoping we'll see you again soon!! More 

Dothan, Alabama
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38 reviews
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Reviewed October 2, 2016

We took the extended cruise that went under the "Mighty Mac". This is a MUST while in the area. The narrator was amazing and so knew his history of all the lighthouses. We were able to get some amazing pictures.

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Middlebury, Indiana
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed September 29, 2016

Always appreciate local owned businesses and the Shepler's are that. They have a great interest in the area and are sharing their experiences and stories. Enjoyable for all ages.

Thank sandimiller4
Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

Take your camera you are in for a delight. The boat takes you close so you can see a piece of the past up close. The narrator tells stories of the past. How hard that must of been. Brave souls indeed. So cool the difference in designs are cool to study. That this 3 hour tour. The sheplers family is... More 

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Fenton, Michigan
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Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy lighthouses, this cruise is a must. They had a narrator describing everything along the tour and he was packed full of great information. As a bonus, he had a great sense of humor. My husband and I enjoyed the cruise and we both recommend it.

Thank djpeters
United States
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

Picked a beautiful afternoon to do the extended western cruise. They made every effort to get close and, if possible, even circled a few of the lighthouses to maximize viewing and allow photography. Tour guide very informative and entertaining. Not inexpensive but did enjoy the tour quite a bit.

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Reviewed September 2, 2016

We signed up for this cruise because it went to lighthouses that cannot be seen unless one has a boat and in the case of Spectacle light, a big boat. The first part of the cruise goes very slowly thru the Les Cheneaux Islands of the U.P. It was OK for a short time then got to be redundant but... More 

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Ostrander, Ohio
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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this. Great Lakes lighthouse association was on the boat and was very informative. This was so worth the money. No outside food or drinks allowed. There is a restroom on board. You get to go under the mackinac bridge!!!! Awesome boat ride! Got to see 3 Great Lakes freighters love the history lesson! Dogs not allowed on... More 

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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Went in the extended Eastbound and Westbound cruises. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the crew very considerate. They made a point to turn the boat around at the lighthouses so that people on both sides of the boat could take pictures without having to get up and go to the other side of the boat. Definitely recommend!

Thank Jdeptuch
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Very pleased with this tour. Lighthouse historian on board provided interesting facts and features of each lighthouse. Plenty of time and angles provided for photo opportunities. Well worth the price. Bonus - had a beautiful calm day for the tour.

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