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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Instagram post 17858541691022039 Perfect view of Marquette Park and #MackinacIsland Harbor from Fort Mackinac, a former British and American military outpost that also served as the home of the soldiers and their families. 
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Perfect view of Marquette Park and #MackinacIsland Harbor from Fort Mackinac, a former British and American military outpost that also served as the home of the soldiers and their families. Although I wasn't originally planning on visiting the fort, I'm so glad I did and would highly recommend it both for adults and kids! ...

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Instagram post 17926816591198642 Mackinac Island sunset on Main Street. Looks like a perfect little street from yester-year. The warm glow of sunset lights up the tops of trees and the fort above and many of the day visitors have left.
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Mackinac Island sunset on Main Street. Looks like a perfect little street from yester-year. The warm glow of sunset lights up the tops of trees and the fort above and many of the day visitors have left. . #Michigan #MackinacIsland #Mackinac #MichiganAwesome #landscapephotography #puremichigan #mackinaw #upnorth #greatlakes #puremittenpride #travelandleisure #travelawesome #greatlakesproud #mynorthmoments #mackinawchamber #greatlakeslocals #mackinacisle #michigansun #mymackinac #insidemackinac #makeitmackinac #naturalmichigan #sheplersferry #starlinemackinacislandferry #nikon #vacation #mackinac_parks #fortmackinac ...

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Instagram post 18004134919235966 Happy Birthday to grizzlybearit, the best travel buddy a girl could ask for! 😘We spent the past weekend biking, drinking and eating all over Mackinac Island! This picture is from our bittersweet boat ride back to the mainland, camper, and cats. We keep finding that it’s so hard to say goodbye to a spot like this after we've just had so much fun, but then we remember there’s always more fun to be had at the next stop! This life with you has been pretty surreal and unique so far and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I hope you've felt as loved as possible today!!! 🥰🥰

Happy Birthday to grizzlybearit, the best travel buddy a girl could ask for! 😘We spent the past weekend biking, drinking and eating all over Mackinac Island! This picture is from our bittersweet boat ride back to the mainland, camper, and cats. We keep finding that it’s so hard to say goodbye to a spot like this after we've just had so much fun, but then we remember there’s always more fun to be had at the next stop! This life with you has been pretty surreal and unique so far and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I hope you've felt as loved as possible today!!! 🥰🥰 ...

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Instagram post 17925683611333565 #fallforcostume Day 22: Green. My green wool 1860’s dress is probably my favorite dress that I’ve made to date. The weather on Mackinac Island was perfect for a wool dress on this sunny June afternoon. redthreaded #historicadventures #1860s #1860sfashion #wool #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #puremichigan

#fallforcostume Day 22: Green. My green wool 1860’s dress is probably my favorite dress that I’ve made to date. The weather on Mackinac Island was perfect for a wool dress on this sunny June afternoon. redthreaded #historicadventures #1860s #1860sfashion #wool #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #puremichigan ...

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