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“Views are amazing and there is a cafe to eat at too”
Review of Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: It's a different time inside the stately stone walls of Fort Mackinac. 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. This is Mackinac.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are a lot of different buildings to walk through learning the history of fort. Our carriage tour guide talked about the fort which was a nice addition before touring fort. Purchasing a ticket to the fort also gives you admission to other buildings in town. Wish we would have known about fort cafe , we ate lunch before touring fort. The patio view from cafe is awesome!

Thank Dave55555
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I knew nothing about the history of this time or place. It was very enlightening to see the way the soldiers lived and were able to have their families with them. Winters on the island were brutal.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the honor of firing the first cannon shot the day I was there. I called the fort, check the web page for the number, payed a fee and scheduled by day. Only one person a day gets to fire the cannon. You are met by a soldier who takes you to the cannon., Only one person can do this. You enter the fort prior to the official opening. You prep the cannon and get some history of the fort, Then after the start of the day you get to pull the rope to fire the cannon. There really isn't anyone else in the fort yet. I was able to start my self guided tour without anyone else around.

There are lots of unique exhibits and information. All levels of interest can get something out of their visit.

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The south entrance is not handicap accessible. There is a second entry that is more accessible that a carriage can drop you off at.

Thank woosusan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour bus visited the island and included a tour of the fort. You will need to go by horse drawn carriage or hike a pretty steep hill. We did the carriage. The admission charge is $13 I think and worth the money. Each room is well preserved and equipped with good signs or a video of some sort. One or two had a docent I think. Every few minutes there is a costumed group that will fire rifles, cannons, etc. and give you a good pre-talk about what they are doing. These groups were pretty interesting the day we were there. All along the way we had young Boy Scouts who were doing service there and pointing out locations etc. We spoke with one and he actually lived on the island. Don't miss the fort if you are on Mackinac Island.

Thank rhowell92
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not a huge history buff, but the fort is interesting. The demonstrations were okay. Lots of things to see and look at, but it seemed the participants lacked enthusiasm.

Thank Mimi010310
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MSHP, Public Relations Manager at Fort Mackinac, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Fort Mackinac, and we're glad you found the buildings interesting. We're obviously concerned that our historical interpreters seemed to lack enthusiasm, and we'll be sure to use this review in our continued training of them.

Thank you again!

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