Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City

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Experience American history along the Great Lakes by stepping into a recreation of the 18th-century French trading village at Colonial Michilimackinac. This Michigan state park is home to Fort Michilimackinac, a National Historic Landmark and open-air museum of the trading post that was built along the shore in 1715. Take a tour of this historical site, watch one of the reenactments that brings the old village to life--such as the 1770s' British occupation and the American Revolutionary War--and view collections of excavated objects from the region. You'll also find many hiking and biking trails nearby. Take a look at our Mackinaw City trip itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Colonial Michilimackinac and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We were happily surprised with this experience. The fort is large, well maintained, has excellent exhibits and wonderful staff. Our kids are 5, 7 & 9 and it was the perfect attraction for them. The st...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Touring the Fort is a great way to bring a history lesson to kids and adults. The fort is really interesting and the staff dressed in costumes and giving tours are really good. There are real archaeol...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    make sure you are in shape, as this is steep walk up and down. once you are in the fort the views are fantastic, and don't miss the cannon demonstaration.  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Wonderful historical reconstruction and museum. Well worth the $12 entry fee. If you're interested in history, particularly the history of the fur trade, this is an amazing historical site. The buildings are all reconstructions of the buildings that were at the fort before the British took it down and moved it to Mackinac Island. If you get the chance, take the history tour with Greg - he's dressed as a British Army grenadier (you can't miss his hat) - he has a terrific understanding of the history of the fort as well as the fur trade for which the fort was built.
  • June 18, 2017
    We thought it was expensive but we didn't understand all that was there. It was great, lots of history and interactivity. We especially liked the muskets being fired. Everyone there was friendly, helpful, and informative. If you are in Mackinaw for a day it's a must. Give yourself lots of time, since there is so much to see and do.
  • June 19, 2017
    Wonderful historic exhibits and period actors/interpreters! Always a great stop! They also have a good play set for the kids to burn off some energy! Don't miss the blacksmith or the cannon firing!
  • July 2, 2017
    Very easy to find, with good parking. The bathrooms are clean and accessible. The cost is low and you can walk through it fast or spend half a day here.
  • July 7, 2017
    History comes alive at Colonial Michilimackinac! A great place for kids to explore history and ask questions. Very family-friendly.

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