See Real Mackinac
Stroll on magnificent bluffs above Lake Huron, see hidden gems you may not know exist and experience Mackinac the way the locals do.
Enjoy rarely visited magnificent sites while hearing insider stories of the real Mackinac Island. Truly appreciate the true wonders of Mackinac Island.
Mackinac has a remarkable history. Get the how and the why from a genuine local expert – from fur trading to military events to what is happening today. See Fort Mackinac, the Island schoolhouse, the Governor’s residence, Grand Hotel, West Bluff summer cottages, the Straits of Mackinac, Victorian architecture, neighborhoods with active stables and magnificent gardens.
Feel for yourself why Mackinac is so special – location, history, character and lifestyles.
Hear the stories behind the fabulous Victorian summer cottages and growing up in one.
An authentic Islander explains Mackinac, the horses, the people, and the natural beauty as well as island history and lore – Native people, shipwrecks, carriages, winter-life, and much more.
Benefits and Pleasures
Only Mackinac Revealed provides an experiential adventure, up close and personal, away from the crowds, linking the Island’s past highlights and current magic. You get an intimate look at Mackinac Island’s charisma from a six-generation resident. Observe the lifestyles, get insider perspectives, and feel for yourself why Mackinac is so treasured. Take in unique scenes and grasp the incredible charm of Mackinac, revealed by a local expert, while coming acquainted with the peaceful, real Mackinac Island, in the woods and quiet places, beyond the spirited and busy downtown.
Tours & Services
There are two categories of Tours: Standard and Special. Our Standard walking tour takes you where no other tour goes. See famous and historic places and learn about the allure of Mackinac Island from an expert who has deep roots on Mackinac. The tour provides a superb overview of the sites and topics that make Mackinac so enchanting. The Standard Tour includes:
• Fort Mackinac
• War of 1812
• Governor’s Summer Residence
• The Straits of Mackinac
• West Bluff Summer Homes
• Island Schoolhouse
• Grand Hotel
• Historic Stables
• Mackinac History
• Native People of the Region
• Military Operations
• Construction of Summer Cottages
• Horse and Carriage Traditions
• Great Lake Shipwrecks
• Behind the Scenes
• Lifestyles Year-Round
• Natural Wonders, Flora & Fauna
• Trails, Caves, Limestone Formations
• Life Without Automobiles
SPECIAL – These tours are geared precisely to your interests, in ways only a genuine Islander can provide. Mackinac Revealed is eager to entertain special requests that will enhance your experience on the Island. The following types of events may be scheduled upon request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bike Safaris
• Large Groups (more than four persons)
• Drive-It-Yourself Carriage Rides
• Scavenger Hunts
• Marriage Proposals
• Romantic Tours
• Natural Wonder Excursion
We had a great excursion with Mackinac Revealed, hearing about Island-living, the horses and carriages. My wife and I enjoy natural areas and geo-caching, so we went to some out-of-the-way spots, and learned about the Great Lakes, Mackinac’s history, and the local environment. We went in a little cave, walked several trails, & gained a new appreciation of Mackinac Island.
– Manakin Sabot, VA
Presentations by Mackinac Revealed offers sit down sessions in a classroom or lounge setting. Through these sessions, you experience a photographic journey across Mackinac Island’s past and present and receive insider knowledge spanning more than a century.
Mackinac Revealed provides tours and seated presentations to:
• Cruise Ship Passengers
• Road Scholars
• School Groups & More
Guide Moira Croghan is a native whose family has been on the island over 140 years. She is an incredible source of information regarding the history of island homes and summer cottages as well as Mackinac Island’s natural history and lifestyles. VERY informative and FUN!
– Barrington, IL
Mackinac Revealed is THE independent service that works with all Island ferry, tour, hotel and restaurant options to ensure a rich variety of experiences and a complete and satisfying Mackinac vacation.
Mackinac Revealed helps travel professionals and their customers from coach tours, Great Lakes cruise ships, family reunions, business conventions and all kinds of vacationers. As Mackinac’s only travel receptive, we arrange itineraries, events and locations for everything you need.
There are many ways to experience the wonder of Mackinac. Have a lifelong resident and true island specialist ensure you are provided more choices and select the best option. Mackinac Revealed exposes genuine Mackinac Island and explores its special character. Make good use of your time and enhance your customers’ travel experience. Contact Mackinac Revealed for tips, information about sites, activities, attractions,, and for total travel arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is advance purchase required?
Yes. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. If the minimum of 4 persons is not achieved, you will be notified by noon that day via email or telephone, and refunded.
When do tours start?
All tours begin as scheduled and shown on the website calendar. Please consult the website for specific tour dates and times.
How long is the tour?
The standard tour lasts about 1 and 3/4 hours, give or take 15 minutes, at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops, and includes a couple of hills. There is no public restroom on the route.
How much do tour tickets cost?
Standard tour tickets are $36 each for adults and children older than 10 years. Children under 5 are free, and ages 5 – 10 are $17.
What about last minute participants?
Last minute participants (within 8 hours of departure) often can attend if direct contact is made with Mackinac Revealed. Call the guide Moira Croghan (540/771-0699 Cell; 231/622-4867 Office) and arrange participation.
What should I bring?
Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for heat/cold. Consider bringing water to drink. There is not a bathroom available during the tour.
Where do we meet and where do tours end?
The meeting spot is a large marble bench in a contained area at the Woodfill Commemorative Bench on Cadotte Avenue, across the street from the Little Stone Church. The tour ends in this same location.
For more Frequently Asked Questions, directions, and photos of the meeting site, please CLICK & download the full Mackinac Revealed FAQ document – PDF link below.
PLEASE NOTE: No tours are offered the fall of 2018 because of the impending birth in Virginia of my first grandchild. I will be ending the season and leaving the Island in early September. I am sorry to miss those visiting Mackinac during that time period.