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“A historical must-see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Colonial Michilimackinac

Colonial Michilimackinac
102 Straits Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231 436 4100
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: The original village of Michilimackinac was constructed by local Indians, and the French, in 1715.
Prescott, Arizona
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“A historical must-see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2006

They don't leave you asking for more when you visit Fort Michilimackinac! Your tour starts with a 13 minute video of the history of the fort--all with costumed re-enactments. Your walk to the pallisades of the fort take you right along the shore of Lake Michigan right next to the Mackinac Bridge (the entrance to the fort and the gift shop is UNDER the bridge!) Those views alone are breath-taking! There are many buildings within the fort that have been faithfully reconstructed, and many costumed interpreters are about "living life" as they would in the late 1700's. We visit yearly, and have never heard or saw the same story twice from these wonderful historians. Redcoat soldiers fire cannons and shoot salutes with black-powder guns, plus music is a lively addition. There is an underground archaelogical museum which gives you the thorough history of the fort's excavation process with artifacts, and another underground "firearms of the frontier" display. The "Kid's Quarters" is a fantastic display geared towards children, and includes hands-on activites for them (my children like to lock their dad in the "Black Hole.") The thing that I appreciate is that despite visiting every year for five years, we enjoy it each time!

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“I go back every few years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2003

Archeology and reconstruction began at Michilimackinac in 1959 and continues today. They have a large friendly, knowledgeable staff. They are in costume and play music, cook, fire the guns, etc. The archeologists will stop and tell you what they are doing and show you recent finds. And the exhibits are great.

The setting, on the Straits of Mackinac at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge is one of the most beautiful in the world!

Also they are reopening a museum in the old lighthouse next to the park.

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