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Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

Categories: Historic Sites, Military Facilities, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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. Use our Mackinac Island trip builder to arrange your visit to Fort Mackinac and other attractions in Mackinac Island.
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  • Great place to visit and see history come alive - the staff was super friendly and full of great information. The fort is restored beautifully. 
  • In walking around the fort we listened to a few of the presentations. They were informative. It was interesting how this fort had hot water and bathes. This fort had many comforts that other forts did...  read more »
  • The many exhibits were so interesting - taking a look back in time to see and imagine how life was lived. 
  • I would highly recommend this attraction. It costs $12 for adults, $7 (age 5-17) free for children 4 and under. You can easily spend a couple of hours there and i think that's the best way to experience the spectacular views over Marquette Park. The cannons/rifles fire every couple of hours i believe and it's a cool show especially for the young ones. A lot of unique facts about this fort. Also there is a Kids' Quarters featuring hands-on displays and interactive games.
  • Very informative, great demonstrations (including canon firing and rifle). A lot to see and admission gets you into historic sites all octet the island, family pass includes mainland as well for a total of $75 (and unlimited season visits). We had lunch at the tea room, which was a beautiful but pricey. Felt like stepping back in time. Only advice is to arrive early and get good spots to watch the canon,get crowded. Also the pal is open until 7, but no more entry past 6.
  • Beautiful Views of the whole Island and very Informative....our only complaint was that....we had already purchased our tickets before we got there ..BUT still had to stand in line in the heat to show the girl they need another person that can shuffle people threw faster when they already have a ticket....we do wish someone would be in the houses to explain who lived there and some more information....its more of a "Self walking tour and a lot of reading.....But a Beautiful Fort.
  • Fort Mackinac is fantastic! You really get a sense of what times were like back in the 1800s when this fort was in operation. They do a good job of representing life as it was with the various exhibits. It doesn't take too long to have a look around and take it all in. I recommend hanging around for the the cannon salute at the top of every hour. You hear it from around the island so it is kind of cool to be right next to it when it fires. Oh, and you can't beat the views from the fort - the very best on the island. It is breathtaking! There is a little restaurant where you can have lunch; the food is nothing special, but the views make up for it.
  • The historical interpreters do a wonderful job of bring the fort to life. The area is in great condition and if you're interested in history, you can spend hours walking through the buildings and looking at the displays. The cannon demonstration is interesting, and children enjoy volunteering to help prepare for firing. You can some great views of the island as well.