Mackinac Island Vacation Lodging and Recreation

Fort Mackinac

Inside the stately stone walls it’s a different time.

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day.

Exhibits

All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island.
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices.
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.

Audiovisual Programs

Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Post Commissary, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Fort Mackinac Video via Mackinac State Historic Parks

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Fort Mackinac – Photos From Instagram

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Now we get two sets of fireworks to photograph! Happy 4th of July from Mackinac Island! 🎇 ...

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Instagram post 18113148586257261 Fall views from Fort Hill. 🍂🧡🍂 

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Instagram post 17986477270440725 When you visit Mackinac Island, do you visit the historical sites?⁣
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I am a total history nerd.  I love to visit historic sites when I travel AND when I am home.  In this picture is Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City that we visit at least once a season.  I also have a pass to visit Fort Mackinac on the Island and its downtown historic sites anytime, and I do visit often.  I love to grab coffee and just hang out on a bench at the Fort's parade grounds, or take my kids to the blacksmith shop (Hey, Monty!!). ⁣
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As someone who is so passionate and excited about these opportunities I love to promote them.  SO, do you visit these sites when you visit Mackinac Island?  Because you should.  It gives you a connection to the island in a deeper way. ⁣
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When you visit Mackinac Island, do you visit the historical sites?⁣ .⁣ I am a total history nerd. I love to visit historic sites when I travel AND when I am home. In this picture is Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City that we visit at least once a season. I also have a pass to visit Fort Mackinac on the Island and its downtown historic sites anytime, and I do visit often. I love to grab coffee and just hang out on a bench at the Fort's parade grounds, or take my kids to the blacksmith shop (Hey, Monty!!). ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ As someone who is so passionate and excited about these opportunities I love to promote them. SO, do you visit these sites when you visit Mackinac Island? Because you should. It gives you a connection to the island in a deeper way. ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ #mackinac #mackinacisland #mymackinac #puremichigan #michigan #upnorth #greatlakes #oldhome #oldhouse #historichome #historichouse #innkeeper #innkeeping #colonial #michilimackinac #thisismackinac #fortmackinac #history #livinghistory #vintage #antique #antiques #connection ...

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Repost from _sovereign_photography_ • Congratulations to _sovereign_photography_ for this incredible shot of Mackinac Island! Check out his feed for more pure Michigan beauty! • • • • • #capturingmichigan #puremichigan #puremittigan #puremittiganpride #puremittenlove #uptravel #naturalmichigan #michiganders #mittenstatelove #michiganawesome #bestofthegreatlakesstate #thegreatlakesstate #greatlakesloving #greatlakesproud #michiganoverboard #michigancrush #mackinacisland #mymackinac #mackinacislandtourism #fortmackinac #thegreatlifemichigan #michiganlife #michiganlifestyle #midwestlivingmag #upperpeninsulamichigan ...

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Instagram post 17875695671582908 Watching the seasons change from Fort Mackinac! We certainly enjoyed the warmer temps this week. 🍂☀️🍂

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Watching the seasons change from Fort Mackinac! We certainly enjoyed the warmer temps this week. 🍂☀️🍂 www.theinnatstonecliffe.com ...

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Instagram post 17966081074341828 Most people associate stunning fall colors in the US with New England, but completely overlook another incredible option: the Midwest!

And within the Midwest, I honestly think Michigan has some of the best fall colors in the country. (There, I said it!)

This photo, for example, isn’t from New England, but rather is from Mackinac Island, a popular summer resort island in Michigan. While Mackinac isn’t known for its fall color (its delicious fudge and ban on cars are way more famous), there are nevertheless lots of colors to enjoy this time of year.

So I guess my point is... don’t write off the Midwest when it comes to fall color! (Also, expect lots more fall color photos in the coming weeks 😬.)

Would you have ever guessed this photo was taken in Michigan? Also, what else would you like to know about Mackinac Island? I’ll share more info about this quirky spot in my next post.

Most people associate stunning fall colors in the US with New England, but completely overlook another incredible option: the Midwest! And within the Midwest, I honestly think Michigan has some of the best fall colors in the country. (There, I said it!) This photo, for example, isn’t from New England, but rather is from Mackinac Island, a popular summer resort island in Michigan. While Mackinac isn’t known for its fall color (its delicious fudge and ban on cars are way more famous), there are nevertheless lots of colors to enjoy this time of year. So I guess my point is... don’t write off the Midwest when it comes to fall color! (Also, expect lots more fall color photos in the coming weeks 😬.) Would you have ever guessed this photo was taken in Michigan? Also, what else would you like to know about Mackinac Island? I’ll share more info about this quirky spot in my next post. ...

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Instagram post 17842099780930589 Mackinac Island is so picturesque. Somehow, a blanket of winter snow makes it seem even cozier. 😍 Where’s your favorite winter spot around the Great Lakes? 🌊
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Mackinac Island is so picturesque. Somehow, a blanket of winter snow makes it seem even cozier. 😍 Where’s your favorite winter spot around the Great Lakes? 🌊 🌊 Photo by jasovereign #greatlakes #greatlakesloving #lakemichigan #lakehuron #michigan #mackinacisland #northernmichigan #puremichigan #michigrammers #michiganders #fortmackinac #puremichigan #michiganwinter #winter #cozy #snow #vacation #travel #greatlakeshistory #explore #mackinacisle #upperpeninsula #theup #upnorthmichigan #thisismackinac #makeitmackinac #beautifulview #mackinacislandlife #mackinacislandtourism ...

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