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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  • 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 »
  • This old fort overlooks the Island and the boat wharfs downtown . It suts up on the hill in the downtown part of the Island . When you look up at ut the wall of the Fort has been white washed with whi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We took the carriage tour and ended at the top side of the fort entrance -very convenient since it’s an uphill climb to get to the entrance. The views from the fort alone were worth the entrance fee-modest $13 per adult. We arrived right around 2:45 pm and the last entrance was at 3pm. The fort itself (for the most part) doesn’t close until 4pm however at about 330 the shop closed and there were very few costumed characters to be found on site. I wanted to check out the store-but was unaware they closed earlier then the rest of the fort-hence the four stars. Majority of the buildings have rooms decorated with accurate depictions of the times- school room, hospital, family homes, post office, etc. the majority of the walking tour involved lots of wall placards with information about the building, people, time frame, etc. and a few offered some mannequins in costume with audio details provided. The one area I would highly recommend is the movie area - sit down to watch a video of the history of the fort, as well as the island. The 20 minute duration will give you quite a bit of detail and audiovisual to satisfy the history needs in each of us. The main building appeared to offer dining and an out door patio overlooking the garden/park below as well great views of the lakes. I’d recommend if you make it to the island do not pass up the fort!!
  • Worth the trip! If you are ever in Mackinac city stop by and take the tour! Very informative and there are lots of things to see and do. I visited this place as a child and recently again with my wife and it did not disappoint. I will go again!
  • This large historic wooden fort overlooking the town and the water of the lake is quite impressive from far away, and even more so up close. Explore the slopes of the hill leading up from downtown and you’ll appreciate how hard it must be to try to take this fort. It has a complex history considering the somewhat remote location, switching hands between the French, British, and Americans multiple times. On weekends, there are demonstrations with firing the cannons and muskets as well as staff in historic dress. It’s a great place to discover the history of the lakes and this impressive fort.
  • The fort itself is fascinating and well maintained. The staff is well trained and informative. It has a great view of the bay. Skip the food, though. Disappointing to say the least.

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