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Mobile Tours

All tours are offered for an add-on fee (this is in addition to the conference registration rate). Tours include some form of physical activity, please dress accordingly.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Silver Birches Renovation and Rebirth | 1.5 AICP CM | $25

The Silver Birches lodge was built between 1906-1912. In 2012, the lodge was boarded up and “practically falling down into itself.”  Learn about the Island’s first conditional rezoning process, as well as the challenges of construction in a truck-free environment, while touring this fabulous restoration project with Silver Birches owner Liz Ware.   


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Historic Preservation Walking Tour | 1.5 AICP CM | $15

Europeans first settled Mackinac Island in the 1600’s making it one of the oldest cities in Michigan.  There are nearly a dozen buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, not including the three historic districts in the City.  Richard Neumann, consulting architect to the historic district commission will lead a tour highlighting historic buildings. 

Richard Neumann, AIA, Architect


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Mission Point and Sound Stage Tour | 1 AICP CM | $10

Join us to hear the history of Mission Point Resort and the eastern side of Mackinac Island! You will experience a piece of Hollywood history at Mission Point’s historic movie theater and Sound Stage, which was the setting for 'Somewhere in Time' starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour

Pat Discoll, Mission Point


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

The Long and Winding Trail | 1 AICP CM | Bring Your Own Bike - $10 | Rent a Bike - $20

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance's Executive Director, Bob Wilson, will lead a tour of Mackinac Island’s scenic trails.  Along the way, he’ll discuss the benefits and importance of trails in your community. Bring your own bike or rent one.


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

An Insider View: Planning and Zoning on Mackinac Island | 1.5 AICP CM | $20

One of the nation’s most well-known destinations, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Mackinac Island every year to experience its exceptional historic charm and natural beauty. Working behind the scenes as stewards of this exceptional place are passionate and committed City leaders, Planning Commissioners, and citizens (all 492 of them!). Learn about the proactive planning efforts of the City of Mackinac Island and how this small island is in a strong position to face its big city challenges.

Adam Young, AICP, Wade Trim | Anneke Myers, Mackinac Island City Council and Planning Commission | Mary McCourt-Dufina, Mackinac Island Planning Commission


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 7:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. 

Haunts of Mackinac Tour | $20

Just in time for the Halloween season!  Join a Haunts of Mackinac guide as he shares the history, legends and ghost stories in downtown Mackinac. This walking tour will both inform and entertain.   

This page last updated on 7/20/2017.

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