Visit one or all six attractions on
Mackinac Island or in Mackinaw City
  • 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!

  • Special Events

    Special events continue through the fall and into the winter – check here often for an updated list and to start planning your 2019 visit.

  • Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge

    The second annual Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge will be held on May 11, 2019. Click here to learn about this fun race that showcases Mackinac’s greatest historical and natural highlights. Registration is now open, and save by registering early!

  • Educational Programs

    Step back in time and experience history with us! Mackinac State Historic Parks has a variety of programs to help students learn and explore the exciting resources of the Straits of Mackinac and the state of Michigan. Click on either section below to learn more about a visit to our sites or opportunities for us to visit you!

  • Mackinac State Historic Parks Blog

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

  • Fire the Cannon

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

  • Mackinac Weddings

    Mackinac State Historic Parks offers 10 beautiful, unique settings for your special day.

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  • Keeping watch at Michilimackinac. #thisismackinac #Repost @sheplersferry with @get_repost
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A special #PuppyLove edition of #FortFriday.  Did you know that you are able to take your dog into Fort Mackinac? In fact, all of the @mackinac_parks sites are pet friendly, with the exception of the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.  Your pooch will feel very welcome with bowls of water set out at the sites to keep them hydrated. Who knows, your dog may even get to try out being a guard dog like this good girl.  Check out our Puppy Love blog (link in bio) for more things to do with your four-legged friends on the Island. 🐾
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#RideSheplers #guarddog #FortFriday #PuppyLove #travelgram #HistoryIsNotJustForNerds #ItsAlsoForDogs #CoolHistory  #ThisIsMackinac #dogsofinstagram
  • Good morning. #thisismackinac #winter #lotsofsnow #meetmackinaw #millcreek
  • Absolutely beautiful. #Repost @original.icytoast with @get_repost
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"Bob", the tree. #archrock #mackinacisland #lakehuron #cedartree #northernmichigan #upperpeninsula #upnorth #bobthetree
  • Sunshine and blue skies in Mackinaw City. #thisismackinac #meetmackinaw #mymackinac #sunshine #bluesky #winter #
  • Just a little snow on M-185. #thisismackinac #mymackinac #puremichigan #snow
  • Colonial Michilimackinac opens in less than three months. Obviously. #thisismackinac #mymackinac #puremichigan #meetmackinaw
  • #Repost @sheplersferry with @get_repost
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It’s #FortFriday! Have you been waiting all week long for this? We have!  This week’s picture is of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, operated by @mackinac_parks. This light station was active from 1889 until the Mackinac Bridge was built in 1957. It is open for public tours from May to October. Climb to the top of the tower for an amazing view of the Straits!
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#RideSheplers #FortFriday #HistoryIsNotJustForNerds #thisismackinac #funhistory #lighthouse
  • Only summer thoughts today. #thisismackinac #puremichigan #makeitmackinac #mymackinac #meetmackinaw #summer
  • It doesn’t get much more beautiful than Mackinac Island State Park in winter. #thisismackinac #puremichigan #mymackinac #makeitmackinac #meetmackinaw
  • Pretty snowfall at Old Mackinac Point. #thisismackinac #winterishere #meetmackinaw #mymackinac #puremichigan
  • Love it. #Repost @sheplersferry with @get_repost
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We are starting a new feature today called #FortFriday.  For all of our history buffs, every Friday we will be posting a picture in or around one of the @mackinac_parks properties.  To start us out, here is a photo of the West Blockhouse at Fort Mackinac, built in 1799.  That was 220 years ago! (We had to use a calculator...)🤓
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#FortFriday #HistoryIsNotJustForNerds #coolhistory #thisismackinac #mymackinac #makeitmackinac #ridesheplers
  • Dreaming of summer days at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room. #thisismackinac #tearoom #mymackinac #makeitmackinac #puremichigan #summer