Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
Built in 1780, Fort Mackinac commemorates the island’s history as a British, French, and American military outpost. The imposing fort overlooks the harbor, and is the oldest building in Michigan. Through a number of live demonstrations, tours, special exhibits, and audiovisual programs, learn all about the fort's past and how, as well as serving as an outpost, provided a home for many members of the military and their families. The 13 other historical structures, furnished with period settings, give insight into the military training, medical treatments, and family life within the fort. Remember to bring suitable clothing for the trip as it is very much an outdoor experience. Walking shoes are recommended. To visit Fort Mackinac on your trip to Mackinac Island, use our Mackinac Island visit site.
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  • We went on a hot day, so the walk up the hill was a slow one. Once inside the fort, it was very interesting. We walked around for over an hour. The only thing, is that they should have more people...  more »
  • Went here after our carriage tour. It was fun to see all the cool history of the fort. AMAZING views of downtown. They have presentations and tours throughout the day for no extra cost.  more »
  • We really enjoyed our trip to the fort. So many buildings to see, so much history while there. Beautiful views of the island from the fort!  more »
  • This is a great way to see the history of the island. Staff was very informative and took there time making sure we had a great experience. One of the coolest things there was the fact they shot off old canons every hours or so. I will definitely come back.
  • There are several events throughout the day like cannon blasts, the rifle fire and the soldiers march, etc. There are different demonstration buildings/sites inside this fort. We explored all the buildings. The exhibits are very well presented. We enjoyed the music and the firing of the cannon demonstrations. The views from this high top area were magnificent.
  • It's a good place for people who are interested in history! Even though I'm not one myself, the people dressed up made it quite fun! They are nice and a nice redhead girl let my sister take a picture with her! That was nice of her cause she was her break! The view is splendid as well.
  • I LOVE this place. Great weekend getaway. Couples or family can totally enjoy. No cars on the island, only bikes or horseback. Highly recommend renting a bike for 4 hours to do the 8 mile reasonably flat path around the island. Buy your fairy ticket the night before, saves the hassle in the morning.
  • Very scenic historic and time era story inspiring of soldiers trade and period interests complete with cannons wood stockades and smith's. Complete with bridge view and fur and canoes. Yes it's family oriented and educational. Love the area it's near.

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