Night Sky Cruises

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Spend a relaxing evening out on the water with us while taking in the scenery of the magnificent Straits area and the Mighty Mackinac Bridge. We are offering six cruises on our 2015 schedule! and we hope that you will be able to join us sometime this season for some stargazing at sea!

We are thrilled to offer these special cruises that allow our guests to experience the night sky in such a picturesque setting. Each cruise features narration provided by Mary Stewart Adams, the Dark Sky Park Program Director at the Headlands. On the cruise she will discuss the various celestial events that occur around that time of year in the night sky, along with fascinating sky lore, poetry, and the role the night sky played in the lives of ancient and indigenous peoples throughout history.

The cruises are planned around various events in the night sky and are timed to go out around sunset/ moonrise. After the popularity of the original Meteor Shower Cruise in 2013, we are offering two late night cruises in 2015 that will focus on the Perseid Meteor shower and we hope that, with Mother Nature’s cooperation, we will witness a spectacular show from a wonderful vantage point out on the water.

Tickets will be available online in January! You may also order tickets over the phone, if you prefer to do so, by calling our Mackinaw City office at 1-800-828-6157. Ticket prices are: Adults (ages 13 and up) $25.00 and Children (ages 5-12) $10.00. Children 4 and under are free but they must sit on a parent’s lap.

2015 Shepler’s Night Sky Cruise Schedule

Date & Time
Price
Tickets
Crescent Moon Cruise Jun 19
9 pm – 10:30 pm
Adults: $25.00
Children (ages 5-12): $10.00
New Moon Cruise Jul 15
9 pm – 10:30 pm
Adults: $25.00
Children (ages 5-12): $10.00
Blue Moon Cruise Jul 31
8:30 pm – 10 pm
Adults: $25.00
Children (ages 5-12): $10.00
Perseid Meteor Shower Cruise Aug 11 & 12
11 pm – 1 am
Adults: $25.00
Children (ages 5-12): $10.00
Harvest Moon Cruise Sep 26
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Adults: $25.00
Children (ages 5-12): $10.00

Travel Tips

We board each cruise by boarding number so you don’t need to arrive extraordinarily early to line up for boarding, but if you purchase your tickets early in the season you’ll have a lower boarding number that allows you to get onboard and pick out your seats for the cruise.

The cruises depart from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock. Boarding for each cruise should begin a half-hour prior to departure. There is a seat available for everyone on the upper deck. In case of inclement weather, you can venture down into the enclosed cabin to get out of the elements.

Pets are not allowed on the cruise. There is also no smoking onboard the cruise and no outside food or beverages are allowed. There will be an assortment of snacks, soda pop, beer, wine, and a signature cocktail available for purchase on the cruise.

We really hope that you will be able to join us on a Night Sky Cruise sometime this year. We would love to take you out to gaze at the stars and learn about the majestic night sky!