Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

October 10 – October 23, 2022

11:00 a.m.
Morning Cannon Salute/Fort Mackinac Open for the Day
11:30 a.m.
People of Fort Mackinac Program
12:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
The Army of the 1880s Program
1:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Mackinac National Park Program
2:00 p.m.
Drill Activity and Rifle Firing Demonstration
3:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
3:30 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration
4:00 p.m.
Fort Mackinac Closed for the Day

A downloadable version of the events schedule can be found here: October 10 – October 23, 2022

Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

September 5 – October 9, 2022

9:30 a.m.
Morning Cannon Salute/Fort Mackinac Open for the Day
10:00 a.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
Changing Face of Fort Mackinac Program
11:00 a.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
11:30 a.m.
People of Fort Mackinac Program
12:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
The Army of the 1880s Program
1:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Mackinac National Park Program
2:00 p.m.
Drill Activity and Rifle Firing Demonstration
3:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
3:30 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
Women at Fort Mackinac Program
4:30 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
5:00 p.m.
Fort Mackinac Closed for the Day

A downloadable version of the events schedule can be found here: September 5 – October 9, 2022

Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

Today’s Events at Fort Mackinac

June 4 – September 4, 2022

9:30 a.m.
Morning Cannon Salute/Fort Mackinac Open for the Day
10:00 a.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
Changing Face of Fort Mackinac Program
11:00 a.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
11:30 a.m.
People of Fort Mackinac Program
12:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
The Army of the 1880s Program
1:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
1:30 p.m.
Mackinac National Park Program
2:00 p.m.
Drill Activity and Rifle Firing Demonstration
3:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
3:30 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
Women at Fort Mackinac Program
4:30 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
5:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration followed by
Changing Face of Fort Mackinac Program
6:00 p.m.
Rifle Firing Demonstration
6:30 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstration
7:00 p.m.
Fort Mackinac Closed for the Day

A downloadable version of the events schedule can be found here: June 4 – September 4, 2022

Fort Mackinac Tea Room

Dining with the best view. 

The Tea Room has been a memorable part of a visit to Fort Mackinac for decades. Located in the historic Officers’ Stone Quarters it provides the best view of any restaurant on the island.

Officers’ Stone Quarters is the oldest public building in Michigan. Begun by the British in 1780, it was completed by the Americans after they took control of the fort in 1796. It was always used as a duplex dwelling for two officers and their families, until the fort closed in 1895. The upper floor of each unit contained a parlor, dining room and bedrooms and the lower level the kitchen, servant’s quarters and a bathroom. In 1915 the Park Commission installed the fort’s first museum exhibits in the upper level.

A Tea Room was first established in the lower level of Stone Quarters by the Red Cross in 1918 to raise funds to support World War I soldiers. The Tea Room continued to operate as a concession of the state park for periods of time in each decade from the 1920s through the mid-1950s. It has been in continuous operation since the beginning of the professional restoration of Fort Mackinac in 1958. Grand Hotel has been the Tea Room concessionaire since 1988.

Admission to Fort Mackinac is required to dine at the Tea Room. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling Grand Hotel at (906) 847-6327.

Click here for the 2021 Tea Room menu. Click here for the children’s menu.

A portion of the proceeds from your dining experience at Fort Mackinac supports Mackinac State Historic Parks mission to protect, preserve and present Mackinac’s rich historic and natural resources to provide outstanding educational and recreational experiences for the public.

Guns Across the Straits

Guns Across the Straits

What better way to wind down your day in the Straits of Mackinac than by firing off Michilimackinac’s weapons? Imagine it – you step into Colonial Michilimackinac and, as you make your way to the palisade walls, you find that it’s emptying out and you have the place to yourself. From there, you fire all four of the black powder weapons used at Michilimackinac – the Short Land Musket, Wall Gun (a BIG musket), Coehorn Mortar, and, as the finale, the cannon. 

For $200 ($150 for Mackinac Associates (excluding Heritage Level)), you get the opportunity to learn about these four weapons and take a turn at firing each one. This experience also includes two tickets to Colonial Michilimackinac. This special experience is available for one person every day at fort closing (4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. depending on season), May 4-October 6.

On the shore of Lake Michigan, outside the palisade walls of Colonial Michilimackinac, with the mighty Mackinac Bridge in the distance, you can take your turn with
Guns Across the Straits!

We are taking reservations for the 2022 season!

Reservations can be made Monday-Friday, 8:00 – 5:00. Call 231-436-4100 to reserve your spot at least 48 hours in advance.

Must be at least 13 years of age. One experience sold per day. Any guests to watch the experience are required to have valid park admission. Blackout dates apply.

Watch the video below for a preview of what you’ll fire during this experience!

Fort Mackinac Visitor Information

Fort Mackinac Visitor Information

Travel Information

Fort Mackinac is located on Mackinac Island within the boundaries of Mackinac Island State Park, on the bluff overlooking the City of Mackinac Island and Haldimand Bay. There are two entrances: via the front ramp off Fort Street and at the rear Avenue of Flags off Huron Road.

Street Address

7127 Huron Rd.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Travel Directions

Click here to map your route to Fort Mackinac and for general travel information on your visit to Mackinac Island.

 

Visitor Services

Dining

The Tea Room, operated by Grand Hotel, is open all day serving snacks, beverages and desserts. Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. A Food Cart, adjacent to the Parade Ground, serves hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks.

The 2022 Tea Room menu will be posted soon.

Shopping

The Sutler’s Museum Store is located within the ground floor of the Soldiers’ Barracks. It offers a variety of apparel, unique mementos, gifts, and publications.

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located within the fort. An adult changing table is also available; ask any Fort Mackinac staff member for more information. Non-accessible restrooms are also available inside the Tea Room Restaurant.

Accessibility 

Fort Mackinac warmly welcomes guests with special needs. Visitors using wheelchairs should use the back entrance off Huron Road. Learn more about how guests with limited mobility or other special needs can fully enjoy their visit. Click here for complete information about accessibility. 

 

Visitation Tips & Courtesies

Getting Around

Please keep in mind that Fort Mackinac is very much an outdoor experience so prepare accordingly for various weather conditions. We recommend walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Please be sure to collect a Map & Schedule at the entrance.

Touring Time

There is a lot to see and do at Fort Mackinac. We recommend that you plan to spend a minimum of one to two hours touring the site.

Pet Friendly

Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome. A water bowl is located adjacent to the front entrance.

Photography

Photography is permitted and encouraged in all areas. Professional or group photography must be approved in advance.

Electronic Devices

Please silence electronic devices during audiovisual presentations and live demonstrations.

Smoking

Fort Mackinac is a smoke-free site.

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Fort Mackinac Hours & Admission

Fort Mackinac Hours & Admission

2022 Hours of Operation

June 4 – September 4, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Last Admission 6:00 p.m. 

September 5 – October 9, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m. 

October 10 – October 23, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Last Admission 3:00 p.m. Admission is ONLY at the Avenue of Flags or north entrance.

2022 Admission Rates

Adult $15.50
Child (Age 5-12) $9.25

Admission also includes The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, and Benjamin Blacksmith Shop (May 3 – October 9), and the American Fur Co. Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum and McGulpin House (June 4-August 21).

Click here for more information and to save on season passes.

Fired Up For Summer at Fort Mackinac

Fired Up For Summer at Fort Mackinac

Cannon Firing Opportunity

Fort Mackinac and the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau are thrilled to partner on an exciting opportunity for one lucky individual to fire the morning cannon salute at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island during the 2019 season.

No purchase necessary to enter, and anyone over 13 years of age is welcome to participate!  One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Sunday, May 19. Winner and five of their guests will then enjoy a visit to Mackinac Island at a date of their choosing and fire the first canon of the day at Fort Mackinac.

Prize includes Fort Mackinac admission, canon firing experience, continental breakfast at the Fort Mackinac Tea Room, and round trip ferry tickets from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.  Follow details below to participate and be sure to share upcoming social posts as we get Fired Up For Summer at Fort Mackinac!! Don’t forget to visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau to plan your entire Mackinac Island experience.

TO ENTER:

Enter name, email, city, state, and zip below.  Please know that entering will automatically add your name to both the Mackinac State Historic Parks and Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau news list for upcoming details about park activities and island promotions.  Must be 13 years old to enter.  Not affiliated with Facebook or it’s affiliates.  No purchase necessary and void where prohibited.

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Vintage Base Ball

Vintage Base Ball

A vintage game of “base ball” as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old-fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and enjoy a good old-fashioned rivalry! The game pits the Fort Mackinac Never Sweats against the Rochester Grangers on Saturday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Admission is by donation.

 

To learn about other special events that may be taking place at Mackinac State Historic Parks, view our Calendar of Events.