Travelers over 50 invited to enjoy The Grand Experience on Mackinac Island

Discounted accommodations and activities offered at The Grand Hotel

Regal view of the Grand Hotel and a horse-drawn carriageTravelers over 50 are invited to enjoy the best of Mackinac Island at a reduced, all-inclusive rate with mParks’ Grand Experience trip, Oct. 16-18. Registration includes two nights of accommodations at the luxurious Grand Hotel, five-course dinners, breakfast, carriage tours around the historic island, exciting programming and events, discounts at Mackinac shops, and much more.

The Grand Experience Program is celebrating its 49th year and each year the island welcomes travelers to sit back, relax, and enjoy America’s Summer Place.

“We’re always astounded by the level of service the Grand Hotel provides our travelers” says Justin Lippe, Program Manager for the Grand Experience. “They treat our travelers like family, and we get raving reviews from the participants every year.”

Many of the participants, in fact, come back for the Grand Experience year after year.

Two ladies enjoying a game of bocce on the Grand Hotel lawnParticipants will enjoy the fine life and exclusive activities like a tour of the Grand Hotel kitchen, unlimited golf on the 9-hole Jewel golf course (with a mandatory cart fee of $20 per day), nightly dancing with the Grand Hotel Orchestra, Grand Hotel history lecture, fudge bingo, and lawn tournaments (bocce, golf putting, and chipping – weather permitting).

Mackinac Island offers a step back in time in addition to world famous fudge, historic tours, and scenic areas for hiking and strolling.

Travelers with the Grand Experience are responsible for their own transportation to Mackinac City, where they’ll take their included ferry ride to the Island, horse drawn taxi, and check into the Grand Hotel. Registration is available now at

Prices are $734 for single occupancy, $525 for double occupancy, and $480 for triple occupancy.

Seniors can also participate in the Grand Experience through a local participating parks & recreation agency. Contact your local parks & recreation department to find out if they're offering the Grand Experience or any other senior travel opportunities.

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