A preferred method of Mackinac Island transportation, Shepler’s ferries have been shuttling passengers to and from the island since the 1940s. In addition to carrying customers back and forth across the water, Shepler’s Ferry also offers several leisure tours, including a lighthouse cruise, a series of moon cruises, and a dark skies cruise geared toward stargazers and would-be astronomers.
Although travelers can buy tickets at the dock, reservations are recommended and online purchases are an easy way to save time and money. Ferry tickets and packages to Mackinac Island run $8 to $48; lighthouse cruises are $52.50 per adult; 3.5-hour, 4-hour and 5.5-hour extended cruises range from $61 to $77.50. The company’s annual operating schedule runs seasonally, so check the website for the most up-to-date information.