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.

@mackinac_parks on Instagram

  • #tbt to the 1880s and a cannon firing salute at Fort Mackinac. We’ll start doing this every day starting May 2. #thisismackinac #ourfamousisland #openingday #thinkspring #puremichigan #mymackinac #makeitmackinac
  • View from Fort Mackinac never disappoints. #thisismackinac #ourfamousisland #summer #Repost @cottageinn_mackinac with @get_repost
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One of a kind!🐴🚲⛴
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A small town with a BIG heart!💚
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#travelgram #bestvacations #wonderful_places #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #makeitmackinac #mackinacisland #mymackinac #bedandbreakfast #homeawayfromhome #beourguest #nowbooking #michigan #puremichigan #michiganlove #upnorth #northernmichigan #letsgosomewhere #stayandwander #islandlife #greatlakeslocals #michiganawesome #upnorthlive #naturalmichigan
  • Two months from today! #thisismackinac #openingday #excited #beautiful #ready #Repost @sheplersferry with @get_repost
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Even though Fort Mackinac has been on the Island since 1779, it was not established as a Living History Museum until 1959, 11 years after the first Mackinac Island Lilac Festival.  If the closest you have been to the Fort is this view from Father Marquette Park, you need to put a visit on your to do list for this year.  There is so much cool history to see at @mackinac_parks and the fact that all of this history is in our area is amazing! If you want to come when the lilacs are in bloom, the Lilac Festival dates are June 7-16. Start planning your moment in history now!
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#RideSheplers #FortFriday #HistoryIsNotJustForNerds #CoolHistory #Thisismackinac #makeitmackinac #mymackinac #puremichigan #travelgram #familytravel #upnorth #historicsites
  • #Repost @themackinachouse with @get_repost
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Step into History and see what we once were....🐴🚲
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Make sure to visit the @mackinac_parks on your next trip to the island.💚
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#travelgram #bestvacations #wonderful_places #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #makeitmackinac #mackinacisland #mymackinac #bedandbreakfast #homeawayfromhome #beourguest #nowbooking #michigan #puremichigan #michiganlove #upnorth #northernmichigan #letsgosomewhere #stayandwander #islandlife #greatlakeslocals #michiganawesome #upnorthlive #naturalmichigan
  • Gorgeous. #thisismackinac #winter #bombcyclone 
#Repost @canvasandpaddle with @get_repost
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Wintery Day on Mackinac •
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#CPandme #mackinacisland #shoplocal #michigan #mackinac #upnorth #lifeoutdoors #giftideas #boutiqueshopping #instagood #optoutside #canvasandpaddle #shopsmall #shopmackinac #outdoorliving #explore #adventure #puremichigan #getoutside #winter #mymackinac #awesomemitten #mittenlove #lakemichigan #offroad #winterpark
  • “On the 19th fell 2 feet of snow, snowing and driving until the 23rd now began fishing again, to the end of the month excessive hard frost and cold weather.” That quote is from February, 1766 at Colonial Michilimackinac. My, the times haven’t changed. #thisismackinac #winter #snowsnowandmoresnow #mackinawcity #puremichigan
  • 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