Colonial Michilimackinac was built by French soldiers in 1715 to protect the trading depot as demand for fur increased. Today, the historic fort has been reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue still each summer. Historic interpreters lead walking tours, cook traditional food over the hearth and take you back in time with musket and cannon firing demonstrations.
The Straits of Mackinac’s first industrial complex, Mill Creek was a center of activity for nearly 50 years. Today, visitors to Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park can visit the reconstructed 18th century water-powered sawmill and other surrounding buildings as well as enjoy some thrilling outdoor adventures–with everything from hiking trails to a zip line and climbing wall.
For 65 years, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City helped passing ships navigate the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. Today, visitors are invited to visit the lighthouse grounds, tour the authentically restored keeper’s quarters, climb the tower and gain a whole new perspective of the Great Lakes and the Straits of Mackinac.
Built during the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac served as a stronghold for both the British and American armies throughout its time as an active fort. Today, visitors can tour the fort and explore its original buildings, each restored to their original 1880s appearance. Exhibits, demonstrations and cannon firings bring to life everything from military training and battles to medical treatments and family life within the fort.
Once known as the Indian dormitory, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum opened in 2010 and now holds one of the most eclectic collections of Mackinac-inspired art and photography in the region. In complement to the natural wonder of Mackinac, the museum offers no shortage of beauty and history for adults as well as activities for children.
Established in 1895, Mackinac Island State Park was the first state park in Michigan. Visitors to this sprawling 1,770 acre park will discover unique geological treasures like Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf, historic sites including Fort Holmes and the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence. Plus more than 70 miles of trails leading through quiet forests and breathtaking vistas of the Straits of Mackinac.