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Mackinac Island in October?

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Wabasha, MN
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Mackinac Island in October?

Are most places/shops, etc. open during the last 2 to 3 weeks of October? We are thinking of traveling there from Oct. 15 - 22nd and wanted to make sure there are still things to do and see then.

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1. Re: Mackinac Island in October?

The resident experts will weigh in shortly, but I wanted to give you a quick response. Some places will be open, others won't. It's past the main season so there may also be fewer ferries. However, the natural beauty will still be there and you'll get some really good prices. We were there the last year at the end of September, then a few days later into October. As I'm sure you've already seen, we in the Midwest seem to be getting an early fall, so be prepared for cool to cold weather.

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2. Re: Mackinac Island in October?

About half will be open at least limited hours though that Sunday. Less than half starting that Monday.

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3. Re: Mackinac Island in October?

Just bring the warm clothes, but it's a wonderful time of year to visit. Still lots to see, enough open and less crowded.

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4. Re: Mackinac Island in October?

If you've ever visited the island in the summer, a visit in October will leave you feeling you have the island all to yourself.

While Fort Mackinac has closed for the season, the carriage tours operate through October 27, so you can still get a look around the island - hopefully in fall color.

Most downtown businesses will still be open and many, especially clothing stores will be having sales to clear out remaining merchandise.

Be sure to check the forecast one or two days prior to departure for the island so you can pack accordingly.

The last weekend in October has several events (road race, Somewhere in Time weekend, Close the Grand), so most businesses will stay open until that weekend.

Be sure to enjoy the Public Library as a quiet retreat, it's one of my favorite spots on the island.

Have fun!

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