This is Mackinac. 

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

Fort Mackinac will open for the 2019 season on May 2. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Live Programs and Tours

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Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day. Exciting programs taking place throughout the 2019 season include Drill Program, a Women of the Fort Walking Tour, and a Bayonet Demonstration. Click any link below for daily events.


All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island. 
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices. 
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.
  • Post Guardhouse explores 19th-century military justice with actual cases tried at the fort.
  • North Blockhouse: new in 2019, this exhibit will plunge visitors in an immersive, multimedia presentation allowing them to step back in time to the War of 1812 and experience the confusion, fear, and drama of the British capture of Fort Mackinac on July 17, 1812.
  • Office: also new in 2019, this exhibit will feature two updated period settings and two completely new gallery spaces interpreting the training and duties of Fort Mackinac’s officers. New exhibit panels and interactive elements will help visitors explore officers’ roles in the fort’s daily operations as well as the administration of the Mackinac National Park.


Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Post Commissary, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Watch the video below to learn more about Fort Mackinac!

2019 Hours of Operation

May 2 – June 7
9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m. 

June 8 – September 1
9:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Last Admission 6:00 p.m.  

September 2 – October 6
9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:30 p.m.  

October 7 – October 27
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. 

2019 Admission Rates

Adult $13.50 – Online $13.00
Child (Age 5-12) $7.75 – Online $7.50

Admission also includes The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum (May 2 – October 6) and Historic Downtown Mackinac (June 8 – August 24).

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

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 back 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


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

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


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.


Accessible restrooms are located within the fort.


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. Water bowls are located adjacent to front entrance.


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.


Fort Mackinac is a smoke-free site.