Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

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Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
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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  • Neat self guided tour of the historical fort. Lots for kids to see and do too, not just adults. Reenactments thru the day and folks in historical uniforms. Very Cool.  more »
  • A nice walk up to Fort Mackinac. Interesting to learn about the history of the place from the soldier on site.  more »
  • This is a great way to see the history of the island. Staff was very informative and took there time making sure we had a great experience. One of the coolest things there was the fact they shot off old canons every hours or so. I will definitely come back.
  • There are several events throughout the day like cannon blasts, the rifle fire and the soldiers march, etc. There are different demonstration buildings/sites inside this fort. We explored all the buildings. The exhibits are very well presented. We enjoyed the music and the firing of the cannon demonstrations. The views from this high top area were magnificent.

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