Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

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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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  • A step back in time. From the well preserved and rebuilt fort and buildings to the realistic reenactments and demonstrations, you can see what early military, traders and settlers went through on a da...  more »
  • I've been to the island a few other times but never had done the Fort. It was very cool and a neat experience. Took about 2 hours probably. Recommend it for anyone.  more »
  • so being able to dive in and out of the exhibits was nice. The crew on duty there were very informative, and the "live" cannon fire even came with a miss shot. SO we kinda got to see it twice.  more »
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  • Well preserved fort offering informational and fun tours through history for all. The live cannon and rifle demonstrations are awesome! Take your time to stroll through the forts information panels as there is quite a lot to learn about Mackinac Island's military history. There are snacks and a restaurant at the Fort in case you are famished from all the excitement. Admission also includes the art museum.
  • Very informative and interesting they also had some interactive displays, and robotic animations that told the story of a battle of 1812. Also told the history of the fort and how it changed over the years . We got to see a live Fire display of muskets I'm gentleman and historical uniforms. There were helpers of Boy Scout Troops all over the place helping today guide people. A good place for school visits or, for anyone else interested in learning about the time.
  • Stunning historical fort, features informatively displays including animatronics and digital. $13.00 to get in but this gets you into a large amount of other things on the island as well. The place is often quite busy but people are quite polite.
  • Excellent place. Everything very expressive. Good for one Time
  • We have toured this place twice and are still impressed it. I especially enjoy the medical facility exhibit and the regular shooting demonstrations.

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