Visit one or all six attractions on
Mackinac Island or in Mackinaw City
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    Employment Opportunities

    Want to  spend your summer at the Straits of Mackinac doing something fun and interesting? Click here to see our list of available positions for the coming season!

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    Special Events

    There’s always something happening at our sites. Find out what special events are planned now!

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    Mackinac Fun Pages

    FREE printable fun activity pages can help make the trip to Mackinac more enjoyable. Click here to download more than a dozen pages of kid-friendly puzzles, mazes, and more for all ages.

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    Mackinac State Historic Parks Blog

    New, interesting content is updated often on the Mackinac State Historic Parks blog. Click here for more information.

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    Fire the Cannon

    Now YOU can fire the first cannon volley of the day at Fort Mackinac. Click here to learn how.

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    Only Have a Day or Two?

    Even if your trip is short, there’s still plenty to see.  Click to check out The Straits of Mackinac’s must-see attractions and sample itineraries to help you plan every last minute of your visit.

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  • Want to see what it takes for a British soldier to get ready for the day? Watch the new video at mackinacparks.com/blog take a step back to the 1770s and learn just how involved it could be.
  • Happy 180th Birthday, #Michigan. But just how did you come to be a state nearly two centuries ago? You'll find the story on mackinacparks.com/blog #michiganhistory #mackinacisland #michigan180
  • This photo is more than 100 years old. Sometime prior to World War I, photographers came to Mackinac Island to experiment with a new technology-- the  Autochrome Lumiere process to develop color glass plate negatives. They took images including this one of Helen Gertrude Brown and blooming lilacs. This process was successful and was used for thousands of images until the 1930’s when film became the norm. Her granddaughter, Sally Zorn donated a family scrapbook and several of the color glass plate negatives to the MSHP collection. Read more about other additions to our collections at mackinacparks.com/blog #mackinacisland #historicphotography #michiganhistory #photography
  • No big deal. It's just 1823 and it's nearly Christmas which means you need to make the roast pig; roast goose; chicken pie; round of beef, à la mode; pattes d’ours (bear’s paws, called so from the shape, and made of chopped meat in crust, corresponding to rissoles); sausage; head-cheese; souse; small-fruite preserves; small cakes all over a fire. You've got this, right? Read more about #Christmas on #Mackinac Island almost 200 years ago. http://bit.ly/2hekcxT #mackinacisland #puremichigan
  • Think you've had a pretty strong go of it this #Movember? Check out these #mustaches from Fort #Mackinac on our blog. Link in the bio.  #mackinacisland @movember #michiganhistory #timelessmackinac
  • My friend went to #Mackinac Island and all I got was this really neat postcard. Read more at mackinacparks.com/blog #mackinacisland
  • Fear what lurks within the towering walls of #michilimackinac. #fortfright #mackinawcity
  • Just one more week until Fort Fright in #Mackinaw City. Are you brave enough to pass the skeleton soldiers and tempt the werewolves within? You can learn more and get your tickets online at mackinacparks.com/fort-fright
  • Someone forgot to tell these beautiful #zucchini blossoms at #Colonial #Michilimackinac that tomorrow is the first day of autumn. But we're not complaining. It's another beautiful day. More than a dozen historic gardens are located within the #fort. Come see what's growing. #colonialmichilimackinac  #mackinawcity #michiganhistory #garden
  • Late summer beach life at #Colonial #Michilimackinac #mackinawcity #colonialmichilimackinac #michiganhistory #mackinacbridge
  • Letting the big flag fly!
#mackinacisland #fortmackinac #timelessmackinac #michiganhistory
  • The "New Mackinac Hotel" was once located on Main Street, downtown #mackinacisland. Learn more about this now long since gone hotel at mackinacparks.com/blog