Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island

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Must see · Military Museum · History Museum
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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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  • Walk up incline not bad if take slow & admire view on way up. Very informative guides & lots of places to sit & rest. Food delicious & fresh. 
    Walk up incline not bad if take slow & admire view on way up. Very informative guides & lots of places to sit & rest. Food delicious & fresh.  more »
  • The fort is a nicely preserved historical landmark with lots of information and canon/rifle shooting demonstrations. And, you can get a nice lunch there with a view. 
    The fort is a nicely preserved historical landmark with lots of information and canon/rifle shooting demonstrations. And, you can get a nice lunch there with a view.  more »
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  • This place has entrance fee but worth it. Going back in time and learning history. Well maintained place. Beautiful view of the lake and the main town. We.watch the guard firing riffles. Only place that scared me was the hospital building. Highly recommended to visit.
  • We visited Ft. Mackinac using the handicapped accessible carriage. Our driver, Hailey, was extremely kind and showed compassion not only for the riders but the horses as well. We enjoyed the look back at it's history. There are videos, many pictures, paintings, artifacts, and displays of what life was like from many different points of view. We have already told our family to go as well.

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