It’s only eight miles to Mackinac Island from the Shepler’s ferry dock in Mackinaw City, and even fewer than that for passengers departing from the other side of the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace. Yet, when you shuttle Mackinac visitors back and forth throughout the spring, summer and fall, the mileage starts to add up.
During the 2018 season from late April through October, Shepler’s made thousands of round trips from the mainland to Mackinac. The total distance for all those ferry trips? More than 102,000 miles.
That’s the equivalent of going around the world four times! Or about half the distance that Apollo 11 traveled to reach the moon nearly 50 years ago!
Were you along for the ride in 2018?
Even though it’s been less than a month since the 2018 Mackinac ferry season ended, it’s already time for the holidays. The days are counting down to Christmas, and the clock is ticking down to Shepler’s 2019 opening day, too. There are less than 150 days until the new Mackinac ferry season starts April 21!
You can get a jump on 2019 travel to Mackinac by taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials available this week as Shepler’s gives thanks for a great 2018. Use the promo code blackfriday18 to get $6 off regular adult round-trip tickets purchased here on Friday, Nov. 23, or Saturday, Nov. 24. Tickets are good anytime during the 2019 season, from April 21 through Oct. 31.
Then, on Cyber Monday, you can get bonus bucks on gift cards. For every $50 gift card purchased here on Monday, Nov. 26, you get an extra $10 for free. The gift cards can be used for Shepler’s rides anytime over the next five years.
Here are some more fun facts about Shepler’s 73rd season ferrying visitors back and forth to Mackinac:
- Shepler’s ferries made 7,290 trips to the island — nearly 40 trips per day over the course of the season.
- Shepler’s ferries traveled 102,060 miles, which is enough to circle each of the five Great Lakes 10 times, cross the Pacific Ocean 20 times or span the Atlantic Ocean nearly 30 times.
- In addition to ferry rides to Mackinac, Shepler’s took 100,000 guests under the Mackinac Bridge on cruises around the Straits of Mackinac to see lighthouses, the sparkling northern Michigan night sky or Fourth of July fireworks.
Looking ahead to 2019, Shepler’s 74th season will open on Sunday, April 21, with a 7:30 a.m. Easter morning shuttle. In the meantime, remodeling of the Shepler’s dock on Mackinac continues and several other improvements are in the works including parking upgrades in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
You can stay updated on the Shepler’s Facebook page and start saving on a 2019 trip to Mackinac with these great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
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