Fort Michilimackinac
A Museum That Comes Alive!

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Colonial Michilimackinac Is a Living Musuem

Fort Michilimackinac is also known as Colonial Michilimackinac and is one of the three State Parks in the Mackinac area. For those who are visiting the Mackinaw City area it is well worth your time to pay a visit to Colonial Michilimackinac.

This interactive living history museum offers visitors a chance to step back in time and really see what life was like on the Straits of Mackinac during the 1700s.

You begin your journey by parking beneath the historic Mackinac Bridge located a few blocks from downtown Mackinaw City.

You enter through one modern door and then exit through another into an entirely different century. It is quite remarkable! During the short walk to Fort Michilimackinac, you will have some magnificent views of the bridge, hear the waves crashing against the shore, and smell the acrid smoke of a cannon being shot.

Once you step through the gates of the Fort itself, you will feel as though you have stepped back into the pages of history as you begin to mix and mingle with the:

  • British Red Coats,
  • the French and Indian Fur Traders,
  • and the community members who make up life in the Fort.
Fun activities for Young and Old in Colonial Michilimackinac

Children (young and old) can don British uniforms and go for a march, or wash laundry using a real old fashioned wash tub. There are also musket and cannon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, and Native American crafts. You can visit the fur traders huts, the Priest's home, and the church which are just a few of the many buildings open for you to enjoy.

You and your family will never forget your trip to Fort Michilimackinac and the other Mackinaw City attractions.

But wait! Your Mackinaw City vacation won't be complete if you don't travel across the Straits of Mackinac to see Fort Mackinac on beautiful Mackinac Island!

There are fantastic fun family Mackinac Island Attractions on Mackinac Island.

Check out the historic Grand Hotel it's absolutely beautiful and grand.

Insider Tip: Colonial Michilimackinac reopens on May 4, 2011. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside the fort walls on the beautiful shores of the Straits of Mackinac where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron converge.



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