Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City

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. To find out how to plan a trip to Mackinaw City, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Nice and quiet. Fascinating to see the historic items, including building foundations, the archeologists have found there.  more »
  • Love this fort because there is so much history here. Lots to view and you get a good idea how life was back in the 1800's.Liked watching reenactments. Definitely good for children. Spacious grounds a...  more »
  • A nice place to stroll. Much was closed for the season already. The area is beautiful and well-maintained.  more »
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  • Must see destination. Great for all ages. Note this is a seasonal site. Closed in winter, shorter hours and less staff in early spring and late fall. Check website for hours. Staff in historic clothing do presentations all day long, or you can just wander through the historically accurate restored 1770s era fort. Learn about 1700s traders, soldiers, American Indians, the women at the fort, and more. Demonstrations about period musket firing, cannon firing, gardening, cooking, baking in an outdoor bread oven and more. Two theaters with historic video presentations about 20 minutes long. Three+ museum exhibits, many houses you can walk through. Playground for the kids. Picnic area, restrooms, close up view of Bridge and souvenir shop are in area before you have to pay and worth a stop even if you can't get to fort.
  • Michigan beauty, the Mackinac Bridge, and ever-so-slightly-cheesy historical re-creations? Yes, thank you, I will visit again! I loved it here as a kid, and it's still nice as an adult. Though I really get a kick out of watching my son, an d other kids, trying to reconcile the time warp they seem to have just gone through. I don't usually review every little place I've been, but I like this one. The memories mingled with history lessons and people watching keep me coming back. It gets really busy around beginning and end of school season, but overall it's worth the extra people and the drive to get there. Watch out for bird poop!
  • We love stopping here when we stay in Mackinaw City. There is a great view of the Mackinac bridge and the light house. You can go inside the light house and walk around. They also have a little shop in there the beach is beautiful and you can see Mackinac Island from there. Don't miss out on this if you are in the area
  • This is an interesting park under the bridge that gives you the unique perspective for great photos. The little shop is fun but be prepared for a rocky beach and cold water so swimming isn't much fun. Stop, take a few photos, grab a souvenir and keep heading north!
  • Just like stepping back in time. No motor driven vehicles. Loved the carriage tour. best way to see the island.

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