Whether it's a taxi ride, a leisure carriage tour and trail riding, horses are a way of life on Mackinac Island. More than 600 horses that call Mackinac Island home, fill several vital roles. When visitors arrive on the island, the most common question is ‘how do the horses work?’ Here’s the short list:
Horse-drawn taxis are the main mode of transportation on the island. You can hail a taxi to just about anywhere on the island. But, keep in mind, taxi drivers they do not give tours. A number of hotels also have horse drawn shuttles that pick you up at the ferry docks and take you and your luggage to the sponsoring hotel. For fees, schedules and destinations, visit Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.
Rent a public carriage tour for a beautiful narrated tour of Mackinac Island State Park and the downtown area. This one hour 45 minute tour starts downtown, and goes to Surrey Hills Carriage Museum, Wings of Mackinac, Arch Rock, Mackinac Island State Park, Fort Mackinac and back to town. Visitors can also schedule a private carriage tour with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and Jack's Livery.
If you want to drive your own buggy Jack's Livery will also teach you how to drive your buggy so you can tool around the island in a two-person, four-person or six-person buggy with a single horse.
Cindy’s Riding Stable provides guided or unguided trail riding in Mackinac Island State Park. The coast is $40 an hour per person, per horse. (One person per horse only).
Are you planning a Mackinac Island destination wedding? Then, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and Gough's Livery have several pretty carriages to choose from to carry you and your wedding party around the island. Starting at $250 per hour.
Please keep in mind that it is customary to tip the driver when utilizing these tour providers.