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Colonial Michilimackinac

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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
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102 Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9400
+1 231-436-4100
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Reviewed today via mobile

Stopped in on our way home from a visit to the UP. Enjoyed walking around. Watched the musket and cannon demonstrations. Learned a lot from our tour guide and the exhibits. Can’t wait to visit again as archeological digs are ongoing!

Thank Sara R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So much work has gone into making the past feel alive. Each of the “characters” from history did a fantastic job of answering questions and curating their individual activities/demonstrations. Great stop for educational groups or family travel. Don’t miss the cannon firing and spend some...More

Thank SemoChristy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once a great place, now reenactor unfriendly. Make that highly unfriendly. The reenactors hired by the fort seemed uneasy talking with us and constantly looking over their shoulders to see who was spying on them. The only places I've had trouble with a camera was...More

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MSHP, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, This is an interesting review, and a lot to unpack. We feel that we have an incredibly talented group of interpreters at Colonial Michilimackinac, and we're quite proud of the work they do. We do allow, and encourage, guests to take pictures of their...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited with our seven children (1-14) and didn't follow any particular order when walking through the buildings and displays- in fact it turns out that we entered in the exit (that's what happens when eager little ones lead the way!) We went on a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great history lesson of about the US frontier and the early Michigan. The reconstruction and reenactments of the fort are very enlightening and entertaining.

Thank mcirv
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a New Englander with interest in history, I was not sure what this fort would be about. Wonderful, genuine, presentation of history with which I was not familiar. Costuming was not overdone and the signage explaining each building of this village was clear &...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the historical family membership to the museums for Mackinaw city and Island which we found extremely well worth it. All the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. We had an awesome time visiting and watching the people play their parts and if it...More

Thank Barry N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is much to see here and it is very interesting. Plan plenty of time to see everything in the fort because there is a lot to see. There are tours so you get to hear the story. They also have videos. The uniformed guides...More

1  Thank arlened585
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michilimackinac is bigger than it first appears. Inside the stockade perimeter are about 20 buildings replicated to match what we know about those in the fort at different times of French and British occupation. Some interiors are set up to look as they would, with...More

Thank Pendarella
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Colonial Michilimackinac in late August. The fort has been restored authentically. It is easily assessable, the docents are in period dress and are very knowledgeable. Plan to spend at least 2 hours here.

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Response from 99erikl | Reviewed this property |
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