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Great Lakes Legal Conference 2024: Plan Your Trip

Image of the Grand ReceptionGrand Reception

Friday, June 14 | 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Join us Friday evening on the Grand Hotel’s famed porch to mingle with legal leaders from across the state and other conference attendees, take in the dramatic views of the Mackinac Bridge, and watch the sunset. Guest tickets are $50 per adult guest and $25 for children 6-17. Children under 5 are free.


Family fun

Many attendees bring their families, friends, and colleagues to experience the hospitality of the Grand Hotel and explore the island during the conference. The Grand Hotel offers many activities—visit Sadie's Ice Cream parlor for a treat, tour the world-class gardens, swim in the newly-renovated Esther Williams pool, or relax at Astor's salon and spa—all right at the hotel!

Learn more here.


76th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

June 7–16, 2024

This is the first and largest event on the island each summer. The ten-day festival has multiple activities, including daily walking tours with lilac expert Jeff Young, the coronation of the lilac festival queen, court, and princess, a run/walk, a parade, and more.

Learn more here.


Image of ice cream enjoyed on Mackinac IslandAfternoon tea

Daily | 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Enjoy afternoon tea, sherry, champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and various pastries. Accompanied by a live musical recital, tea is served in the Grand Hotel parlor daily.

Tea prices are $65 + tax/adult, $32.50 + tax/child (ages 6-17).

Learn more here.


Much, much more

Of course, the island also offers carriage excursions, downtown shopping, historic landmarks, day spas, walking tours, boat and bicycle adventures, and much more. Rest assured, the list of things to do on Mackinac Island is long and varied. If you want to explore some other options, we like this list created by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau with Top 10 to-dos for every age group or you can browse by interest areas.