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It's a different perspective from the palisade walls. Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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102 Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9400
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+1 231-436-4100
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 November 2003

Archeology and reconstruction began at Michilimackinac in 1959 and continues today. They have a large friendly, knowledgeable staff. They are in costume and play music, cook, fire the guns, etc. The archeologists will stop and tell you what they are doing and show you recent...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We actually really enjoyed our visit, but between this fort, the light house and Fort Mackinaw we spent a fortune. Would be great if they recognized history for our children, in our state, shouldn't cost a fortune...

2  Thank Egolady
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't do our homework, but surprised to learn everything is a replica and the original was deliberately destroyed. The guide for the gardens was very knowledgeable and did a great job. The gentleman in the soldier's quarters was delightful. The cannon demonstration was interesting....More

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Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review. It sounds like you visited us toward the end of the year, and we had an especially cold fall. We keep fires in a good portion of the buildings for warmth, and we hope you were able...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fort was closed for the season when we got there but it's a great experience for families with kids to walk through. Make sure they read about it too and get the real feel for the history

Thank Curious243313
Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! Colonial Michilimackinac will reopen May 1, 2019. We hope to see you there!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Haven't been recently but it was exactly the historical site I'm impressed with, very educational for the history of the area.

Thank sandhill1943
Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review! Hope to see you next year at Colonial Michilimackinac.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were very impressed at how much effort they took to restore this to the original fort after they excavated the site. Very interesting even to those in our group that had no interest in history. The demonstrations were excellent as well. HIGHLY Recommended.

Thank Floyd B
Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is wonderful to hear that our site was able to capture the interest of everyone in your group! Thank you for your review and we hope to see you in the 2019 season!

Reviewed 13 October 2018

While we were there they had their Fort Fright Event, which basically transformed the fort into a giant walk through haunted house, complete with fall snacks and ghost stories around the campfire.

Thank tylerekohn
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We went to the Fort Fright night that the fort has one weekend a year and we had a good time. It has been about 8 years since we went and it has become very popular! We wish they would have more lighting, like in...More

Thank Jill W
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

It is nice to be able to bring kids to the museum/re-enactments and show them the reasons Michigan was so vital to colonial trade and settlement. The museum/learning parts get better as time goes on and the reenactors do great interpretations. I would visit every...More

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Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about Colonial Michilimackinac! We are glad to hear you enjoy visiting. We open next year on May 1!

Reviewed 8 October 2018

One of those things you never did before. I visited in 2010 with my wife and we loved it. The history and employees dressed in clothing from the period of time was really neat.

Thank Dave J
Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for visiting Colonial Michilimackinac. We hope you will visit again in our 2019 season!

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely time! The enacting is engaging and they let my children actually touch the things in the houses. Most of my children enjoyed the artillery demonstrations, but one of them was afraid of the noise. The cooking demonstration was also quite good.

Thank iwearnavy
Mackinac State H, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you and your family had a great time visiting Colonial Michilimackinac! Thank you so much for the review!

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We spent a pleasant afternoon at the fort. There were actors in period costume portraying characters in the different areas and building at the fort. Learned about the fur trade and cooking meals during the era. Watched a musket and cannon firing demonstration. There was...More

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We bought a family pass for $75. This pass got two adults and six kids into Fort Michilimackinac, Fort Mackinac on the Island, the Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek. You will have to do the math. How many people are in... More
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