Rich in Mackinac Island History
A visit to Fort Mackinac is a must in order to
fully appreciate the adventurous life that early Islanders experienced.
Watch the excitement as history comes alive right before your
Visit the fort and travel back in time to the 1800’s where you can
view rifle and cannon firing demonstrations, displays of historic
artifacts, and listen to fife and drum music all in a picturesque,
spend the day visiting exhibits and enjoying demonstrations on the
The tour guides are knowledgeable, helpful, and
You will find the men dressed in Prussian-inspired
uniforms of the day and the women in period style dress as well.
The Fort Tea Room is managed by the Grand Hotel
featuring the Grand’s great food.
It is a delightful place to rest your
feet and enjoy a wonderful lunch while taking in a magnificent view of
the Straits of Mackinac where the Mackinac Bridge looms in the distance
and freighters pass.
This incredible view is one of the best on the
You can also enjoy shopping at Sutler’s Store Museum Gift Shop
in the Fort.
Beautiful quilts, historic books, Mackinac Island
inspired specialty gifts, and even historic toys guaranteed to delight
children fill the aisles for your pleasure!
No Mackinac Island vacation could be complete without taking in the historic sites. Be sure to visit the
Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
Your Fort or Mackinac Art Museum ticket also grants admittance to several historic buildings in
downtown Mackinac Island from mid-June through late August. Be sure
to stop in after you tour the Fort. The Benjamin Blacksmith Shop is one
of these buildings and is a working blacksmith shop with ongoing
demonstrations. It’s quite fascinating!
Don’t miss visiting the Original Butterfly House when needing a quiet and fun activity.
When biking or walking around the Island you will enjoy the Cannonball
for a casual lunch or dinner picnic style…don’t forget to try
their prized Fried Pickles! It’s located on the quiet side of the
Golfing at Wawashkamo is a great chance to enjoy this historic link golf course on beautiful Mackinac Island.
Insider Tip: Become a Mackinac Associates member and enjoy
free admission to all of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ museums and
parks as well as a 15% discount at all six museum gift shops. Inquire about the details on becoming a member when you purchase your tickets.
The Fort Daily Schedule
is filled with exhibits, interactive activities and demonstrations
making it easy for you to feel as if you have literally stepped back in
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