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Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

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Historic Site
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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  • You can self guide through the buildings Well kept Interactive displays Historical Great for adults and children Beautiful scenic area on top of the island facing the harbor A must stop on your Mackin...  more »
  • We spent the day on a self-guided walking tour and ended up at the fort. Beautiful views, historical content, and absolutely worth the stop.  more »
  • I honestly did not know too much about this fort and learned so much from the knowledgeable employees and wonderful facilities  more »
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  • This is truly an awesome place to go visit if you love history. The fort is in pristine condition considering it was built near the time of the revolutionary war. I would recommend watching the live ammo and cannon firing as well.
  • If you like history, this fort and its programs offers some good perspectives. Not necessarily a place you would visit often but it's worth experiencing the tour and demonstrations inside at least a couple of times during visits to Mackinac Island. If the hike straight up the hill is too much, consider the longer but less steep climb further down Main Street.
  • 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.
  • The fort allows to to talk a walk through the rich history of Mackinac Island. The view from the top is breathtaking, make sure to take the camera along.