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    Grand Hotel Activities
    and Things to Do on Mackinac Island

A Grand Vacation Starts with a Grand Experience

With the variety of activities both at Grand Hotel and throughout Mackinac Island, there are lots of things to do for guests of all ages. Make your plans to experience everything offered — and make your vacation as Grand as can be — by getting outdoors and experiencing the scenic beauty of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel grounds.

People playing lawn games

Outdoor Activities

Take a swing at tennis, pickleball, and golf on the Jewel. Hit the Grand lawn for croquet and bocce. Go for a swim, walk the gardens, then bike around the Island. These are just a few of the outdoor activities we have waiting for you.

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Indoor Activities

Browse our shops for a special memento or gift. Sit down to Afternoon Tea in the Parlor — a Grand tradition for over a century. Indulge in a rejuvenating facial at Astor’s Salon and Spa, and enjoy live music all day long.

Popular Itineraries

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit to the world’s largest summer hotel, planning a Grand Hotel trip is part of the fun.

So if you’d like some vacation ideas to get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do on Mackinac Island.

Grand Hotel Stables

With fewer than 200 Hackney horses living in America today, the Grand Hotel Stables provides a rare opportunity to see these elegant, high-stepping horses up close.

Visit our 8,700-square-foot working stable to learn more about these iconic Island animals, and take a free and interactive self-guided tour of the vintage sleigh and carriage collection. Our concierge is also happy to arrange horseback riding and carriage tours with Grand’s preferred vendors.

The Gate House

Popular with locals and visitors alike, this casual restaurant and bar with outdoor seating is renowned for its great service, entertainment options, and welcoming atmosphere — all served up with a smile.

Family playing cornhole on lawn in front of Grand Hotel

Family Activities

If you’re searching for family-friendly things to do on Mackinac Island, look no further than Grand Hotel. We’re an exceptional summer vacation spot that’s fun for kids of every age.

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Non-Guest Activities

Not a guest? Not a problem! From dining and shopping to golf on the Jewel, we offer Mackinac Island visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the Grand Hotel experience.

Property Map

As a National Historic Landmark, we have always embraced our rich history, while keeping an eye firmly focused on the future. This has resulted in adding a myriad of modern amenities and new services over the decades.

With so much to see and do here, this map makes it easy to explore America’s Original Grand Hotel™.

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