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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  • This is an easy thing to see in a couple of hours and a "must do" while on the island. My kids enjoyed the tour, and the cannons that were shot off. We went late morning and then got lunch afterwards....  more »
  • The Fort is a very interesting place to visit while on the island. There is a lot of history to learn about the Fort and they have done a great job restoring it. There are demonstrators walking around...  more »
  • Fort Mackinac has a lot of history to it. I've enjoy being there. I am hoping that some day I will return. One of my very best vacation.  more »
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  • If you are on the Island, even for one day, the fort is a "must see"! There is a lot of history at the fort. There is a room full of interactive displays that the kids will love. Cannons and other military regalia both on display and demonstrated throughout the day. The gift shop has many items and books you won't find anywhere else! The views of the island and surrounding waterways and bridge are awe inspiring! I highly recommend the experience!
  • The Fort is a very interesting place to visit while on the island. There is a lot of history to learn about the Fort and they have done a great job restoring it. There are demonstrators walking around throughout the day showing different aspects of life on the Fort. We went to the cannon firing and our kids really enjoyed that. It is quite large and if you want to look at everything and take it all in you should plan for several hours. The views of the straits from the Fort are pretty amazing too. I would definitely recommend visiting the Fort during your time on the island.
  • Those who think American history is an exclusive of the New England area, kept like rare wine in time capsules at museums in D.C or Philadelphia, will be perhaps shocked to learn fascinating things happened here too, just as momentous and politically intriguing as the more well know tales told east of here. Fort Mackinac saw no battles that would be later memorialized in poetry like at Fort McHenry. No patriotic, and heart swelling prose about " rocket's red glare" and all of that. In fact, the Americans would just as soon forget that while Fort Mackinac was the site of the first battle of the war of 1812, it was ingloriously lost - lock, stock, tower and cannon barrel to the "Bloody Brits" without one shot ever being fired! Learn how it all went down during the remarkable tours conducted by able guides of this State administered piece of North American history.
  • Very well kept, period reenactments, knowledgeable and interactive staff. This place was one of the highlights of the island. Catch one of the cannons being set off. Lots of fun!
  • Great place to visit! It has history, fantastic views, and kid friendly. There is a lot to see. It was a bit confusing at the beginning because they had the entrance at the bottom of the fort closed with no sign indicating that the visitor should go to the top of hill and back of fort for entrance. We paid online and saved a few dollars. Our kids explored everything. They really enjoyed the kids area from dressing as a soldier, firing the cannon, and marching like a soldier.
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