Mackinac’s Forgotten Features

On this guided bike tour, join Kyle Bagnall, Park Naturalist, on a nature adventure back in time. Starting at the Avenue of Flags (behind Fort Mackinac), you’ll learn about features that are long lost or forgotten, such as Deer Park, the Musical Well, Scott’s Cave, Dousman’s Distillery, and Fairy Arch. You’ll also hear unfamiliar tales of familiar locations, such as Skull Cave and Friendship’s Altar. In all, our bike route will encompass about 7 miles, before ending at Marquette Park. Participants should bring a good working bike, a drink of water, and a sense of adventure. This adventure is free, with no preregistration required. Donations welcome! #thisismackinac

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! We welcome back the Portland Blue Sox for the 2023 match! Sponsored by Mary’s Bistro and Draught House.

Admission by donation. #thisismackinac

A Star Spangled Fourth of July

The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period and children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in games on the fort parade ground.

Don’t miss out on this all 1880s Independence Day as we have catch and baseball available on the parade ground to go along with foot races and sack races, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the raising of the colors, the national salute (38 rifle blasts for the 38 states of the 1880s!), a cannon salute, and much more!

Games will be available on the parade ground beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special programming will take place at 2:00 p.m.

The Tea Room Restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel, is open all day serving snacks, sweets, and beverages, and will have full lunch service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All special programming is included with regular admission to Fort Mackinac. #thisismackinac