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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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 😬.)

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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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Great scrapbook layout ~ great design! Posted withrepost • shescrafty20 My pal scrappykathyy and I are playing along with christys_beautiful_life 30 Days of Sketches all month long for Challenge Accepted. I used a gorgeous kit from notjustforboyskitclub complete with fab tonicstudiosusa pinkfreshstudio 49andmarket echoparkpaper ! #challengeaccepted #scrappykathyy #tonicstudios #nuvo #pinkfreshstudio #49andmarket #cartabella #echoparkpaperco #sketches #12x12scrapbooking #mackinacisland #fortmackinac #mygirl #shannonallor #shescrafty ...

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