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Colonial Michilimackinac

Mackinaw City, MI, USA
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About Colonial Michilimackinac
Michilimackinac 1778: Rumors of War. Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village, reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 60 years of archaeological excavations. As you walk through the site, you are stepping back in time to 1778, when rumors of war and peace swirled around Michilimackinac. Here, you will see and hear how soldiers, civilians, and Native people responded to threats real and imagined as they attempted to maintain their livelihood, the fur trade. Historical interpreters representing voyageurs, British soldiers, and French-Canadian merchant families are stationed throughout the fort to answer your questions and perform demonstrations.
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slalemand wrote a review Oct 2021
Auburn, Maine414 contributions99 helpful votes
Great way to spend a few hours. So much to see and learn about the area, it's people and how it became the area. Forts and all buildings are clean and pretty easy to get around in. Nice job with period clothing and demo's. Great views of the area, the bridge and other places. The water in there lakes by in large is REALLY clean and clear and these lakes are BIG. You don't get a feel for how big they are until you are next to them, or are driving along them for one end to the other, as was our case. I believe if you were to drive around all the lakes you would have traveled some 6500 miles. Lake Superior is 350 +- Miles long (Wide) with Lake Michigan coming in a close 2nd at 307 =- miles long (wide). With OVER 35,000 Islands between all 5 lakes. The largest freshwater Island in the WORLD is in Lake Huron at 1068 square miles. Ok you get the reidea, a lot of cool stats about the Great Lakes
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Jane P wrote a review Oct 2021
Lanesboro, Minnesota6 contributions1 helpful vote
The park is very interesting and well done. However we took the ferry over from Mac Island and actually got lost walking to the fort and lost an hour of visiting time. There was not one single sign to guide us to the fort from the ferry! No shuttles or taxis either. This means older people or disabled cannot visit the fort via ferry from the island. Not accessible!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Indy-ND wrote a review Oct 2021
South Bend, Indiana3259 contributions476 helpful votes
We did the fort combo ticket that got us into Michilimackinac and Fort Mackinac on the island. I love a good fort. Michilimackinac is excellent. There are many buildings and a lot of people dressed up doing the living museum thing. We didn't see the cannon firing, but did see the musket demo, which was excellent. There is a lot of info in all of the buildings, including a arkeological dig area, which I found very interesting. The one down side we had was that we went in early June and the Midge Flies were epically bad. They don't bit, but it freaked out my teen daughter. They were all over the place and is some areas, there were huge black clouds of them. This was hardly a fort thing as it was an issue all over Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. Be aware if you are thinking about going in early June.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from MSHP, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac
Responded Oct 26, 2021
Hi Frank, Thank you for taking the time to review, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our forts in Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island. Our museum programs staff spends a lot of time researching ways to interpret the 1770s to our visitors, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your time spent here. The archaeological dig is actually one of the longest ongoing digs in North America, happening every summer since 1959. The midges can definitely be a nuisance, for sure. They typically hatch in mid-to-late May and die in early June. We thank you again for your review, and we hope you are able to visit us again soon!
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mustangjeanne wrote a review Oct 2021
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania382 contributions111 helpful votes
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I visited Colonial Michilimackinac at the base of the Mackinac Bridge on a very foggy morning. Neat place with a great visitor center with a museum store. I did not do the tour of the Fort since I was on my way home and the weather was not conducive.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from MSHP, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac
Responded Oct 26, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your stop at the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor's Center. We hope you can make your way to Mackinaw City again in the future and visit us in the fort - we think you'll enjoy it. Thank you!
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Jana S wrote a review Sep 2021
Wisconsin39 contributions5 helpful votes
We all loved the for maintained in great detail and the talks by the guides who really knew their stuff. LOVED that it was dog friendly. Our little terrier was properly worn out.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from MSHP, Public Relations Manager at Colonial Michilimackinac
Responded Oct 26, 2021
Hi Jana, Thank you for taking the time to review, and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Colonial Michilimackinac! We love having dogs on site as well, so we're happy to hear that your terrier had a good visit as well. We hope you are able to visit us again soon!
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