Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mackinac State Historic Parks WELCOME! We protect, preserve and present Mackinac's rich historic and natural resources to provide outstanding experiences for the public. Mackinaw City - Michilimackinac State Park including Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.
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Mackinac Island - Mackinac Island State Park including the historic downtown buildings, Fort Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and the Biddle House.

Operating as usual

09/21/2020

Feels like fall? ✔️
Going to be sunny today? ✔️
Good day to visit the island? ✔️
#thisismackinac

The pick for Michigan is an inspired one. #thisismackinac
09/16/2020
The Best State Parks in the Midwest—and How to Visit

The pick for Michigan is an inspired one. #thisismackinac

From Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin to Grand Portage State Park in Minnesota, hikers, campers, and outdoor adventurers will want to add these 12 best state parks in the Midwest to their bucket list.

Who doesn't love a little gossip? Find out what had Michilimackinac buzzing with Secrets and Scandals Weekend at Colonia...
09/15/2020

Who doesn't love a little gossip? Find out what had Michilimackinac buzzing with Secrets and Scandals Weekend at Colonial Michilimackinac, this Saturday and Sunday! #thisismackinac

One of the reasons Colonial Michilimackinac is such a great place to visit? Jim Evans. He’s been a mainstay at the fort ...
09/12/2020
Historical Interpreter Celebrates 50 Years at Colonial Michilimackinac - 9 & 10 News

One of the reasons Colonial Michilimackinac is such a great place to visit? Jim Evans. He’s been a mainstay at the fort for 50 years, and he’s not slowing down. #thisismackinac

What’s a visit to Northern Michigan without making a stop at Colonial Michilimackinac? Here they are bringing history to life with their engaging education programs and interactive learning opportunities. The people who work here are undeniably dedicated to preserving the past and keeping people i...

Another memorable archaeology season is in the books. Catch up on the season here: #thisismackinac
09/11/2020
2020 Archaeology Wrap-Up - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Another memorable archaeology season is in the books. Catch up on the season here: #thisismackinac

The second half of the archaeological field season had similar themes to the first half (see the first half recap here). Again, the most interesting artifact came from the central root cellar.

09/10/2020

Can’t go wrong with an early-September view from Fort Holmes. #thisismackinac

Wondering the best time to visit the Straits area? Fall. Colonial Michilimackinac and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse are ...
09/09/2020

Wondering the best time to visit the Straits area? Fall. Colonial Michilimackinac and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse are open through October 11, and Fort Mackinac is open through October 25. #thisismackinac

Good morning from the Upper Gun Platform. Happy Labor Day Weekend! #thisismackinac mackinacparks.com
09/06/2020

Good morning from the Upper Gun Platform. Happy Labor Day Weekend! #thisismackinac mackinacparks.com

If you want this cool stuff before October you have until midnight tonight to get signed up for the Virtual Fort2Fort Fi...
09/04/2020

If you want this cool stuff before October you have until midnight tonight to get signed up for the Virtual Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge! #thisismackinac #runmackinac

We've extended the early deadline to register for the Fort2Fort Virtual Five Mile Challenge! Register before midnight on...
09/03/2020
Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge – Run Mackinac

We've extended the early deadline to register for the Fort2Fort Virtual Five Mile Challenge! Register before midnight on Friday, September 4 to receive your race materials before the "race day" on October 3. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 #runmackinac

5 Mile Run and Walk will both start at 9:00 am. Please plan to be on the 7:30 ferry to allow time to get to the Scout Barracks for Packet Pickup. Fort doors will be open and rest rooms available.

We're excited to announce our lineup of virtual education programs available later this fall, including the award-winnin...
09/02/2020

We're excited to announce our lineup of virtual education programs available later this fall, including the award-winning "Historic Mackinac on Tour," "Lights and Lenses: Science at Old Mackinac Point," "Slavery in Colonial Michigan," "Women at Michilimackinac," "The Revolutionary War in Michigan," "Flowers and Herbs: Science in a Colonial Garden," and "Challenges to Expansion: The War of 1812 in Michigan." More information will be coming soon, but see more here: https://www.mackinacparks.com/more-info/educational-resources/

09/01/2020
Vintage Base Ball

It's Vintage Base Ball, tonight on DIRECTV! Watch the Fort Mackinac Never Sweats take host the Portland Blue Sox on the Eleven Sports Network, channel 623, at 5:00 p.m. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

08/31/2020

A pretty view from Fort Street last night. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

It’s not every day you have royalty firing the Fort Mackinac cannon. Thanks to Michigan Sugar Company Queen Shaelynn Lav...
08/30/2020

It’s not every day you have royalty firing the Fort Mackinac cannon. Thanks to Michigan Sugar Company Queen Shaelynn Lavrack and court for stopping by! #thisismackinac

Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, tonight's showing of "The Lego Movie" has been canceled. We apologize for the i...
08/28/2020

Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, tonight's showing of "The Lego Movie" has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fudge Festival is upon us! Join us for a couple of events - a talk on the history of fudge with the man who wrote the bo...
08/27/2020
It's all things fudge this weekend on Mackinac Island

Fudge Festival is upon us! Join us for a couple of events - a talk on the history of fudge with the man who wrote the book on it, Phil Porter, and for a showing of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on the parade ground at Fort Mackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Mackinac Island-style fudge shops dot northern Michigan, pop-up stands appear at Detroit and other auto shows, and there’s even a Murdick’s Fudge shop on Martha’s Vineyard

It’s raining today, which we need but is still annoying. Want to know a good rainy day experience, though? Old Mackinac ...
08/26/2020

It’s raining today, which we need but is still annoying. Want to know a good rainy day experience, though? Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com

Run or walk at a time that's convenient to you, while supporting the parks you love! Or, take a trip to Mackinac in Octo...
08/25/2020
Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Run or walk at a time that's convenient to you, while supporting the parks you love! Or, take a trip to Mackinac in October and experience the actual course for yourself. Register by September 1 to receive all of your materials (including a custom neck gaiter AND special Mackinac Parks: 125 pin!) by September 25. #thisismackinac #fort2fort #runmackinac

Good Morning from Fort Mackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com
08/24/2020

Good Morning from Fort Mackinac! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 mackinacparks.com

Is it actually a visit to Mackinac Island State Park if you didn’t get an East Bluff photo? #thisismackinac #mackinacpar...
08/23/2020

Is it actually a visit to Mackinac Island State Park if you didn’t get an East Bluff photo? #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Help keep Mackinac Island beautiful! Mackinac Recreation and the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau are teaming up with us t...
08/23/2020

Help keep Mackinac Island beautiful! Mackinac Recreation and the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau are teaming up with us to host an island-wide trash pickup today. Pick up bags at the Tourism Bureau booth between 10:00-5:00 today, and they’ll give you all of the instructions. Thank you! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Last call today for Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, the archaeological dig at Colonial Michilimackinac, and the Amer...
08/22/2020

Last call today for Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, the archaeological dig at Colonial Michilimackinac, and the American Fur Company Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum. Thanks for a great 2020 season! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Let’s continue with another official item of the Mackinac Parks: 125 celebration - the official fudge! Stop by the Ryba’...
08/20/2020

Let’s continue with another official item of the Mackinac Parks: 125 celebration - the official fudge! Stop by the Ryba’s mall store (near the Shepler’s dock) to get yours today! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

💖 LIMITED EDITION 💖 Ryba's Fudge Shops are celebrating Mackinac State Historic Parks 125th Anniversary with a special fudge flavor. Chocolate Cherry Walnut can be purchased in the Mall store through August while supplies last.

Some exciting news - Fleur de Mac is back on tap over at Bière de Mac Brew Works! Head out this weekend and try the offi...
08/20/2020

Some exciting news - Fleur de Mac is back on tap over at Bière de Mac Brew Works! Head out this weekend and try the official beer of the Mackinac Parks: 125 celebration! #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Unfortunately we are going to have to cancel the “Movie by the Bridge” scheduled in Mackinaw City tonight. The winds are...
08/16/2020

Unfortunately we are going to have to cancel the “Movie by the Bridge” scheduled in Mackinaw City tonight. The winds are too strong coming off the bridge, making the screen unsafe. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Before the storm. Thanks to Mackinac Associates for the great pic. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125
08/15/2020

Before the storm. Thanks to Mackinac Associates for the great pic. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Your weekend plans should include a stop at Colonial Michilimackinac, because it's Gardens and Good Things to Eat weeken...
08/14/2020

Your weekend plans should include a stop at Colonial Michilimackinac, because it's Gardens and Good Things to Eat weekend! Help maintain the fort's gardens, and learn more about the unique food cultures of Michilmackinac's French, British, and Native American residents. #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125

Registrations are now open for the first Fort2Fort Virtual Five Mile Challenge! Run wherever or whenever you like, or ma...
08/12/2020
Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge - Mackinac State Historic Parks

Registrations are now open for the first Fort2Fort Virtual Five Mile Challenge! Run wherever or whenever you like, or make plans to come and run on Mackinac Island. All of the details are here: #thisismackinac #mackinacparks125 #runmackinac

08/09/2020

Unfortunately, due to high winds, we have to cancel the “Movie by the Bridge” tonight. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Main Office - 207 W Sinclair
Mackinaw City, MI
49701

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(231) 436-4100

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We protect, preserve and present Mackinac’s rich historic and natural resources to provide outstanding educational and recreational experiences for the public. Our sites include Fort Mackinac, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Historic Downtown Mackinac on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City. Join us throughout the 2020 season as we celebrate 125 years!

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Does anyone know if the mill creek discovery park is open? Tried calling. Trying to buy tickets to go. Not sure how to do that. Website is confusing. Please help me thank you
My son is always excited for the rifle/musket demonstrations at Fort Mackinac and Michilimackinac and always wants to meet the soldiers.
We really enjoyed the event last night. Thanks for the great show!
Thank you for doing the free Fire at Night program. Here are a few of my favorite photos from last night.
I proposed to My Husband and my Step-Sons here, back in 1997
Mackinaw Area Historical Society/Heritage Village supports the fort. We are a great community partner. Looking forward to your smiles at all our parks.
Can anyone tell me the fort has opened up since the governor lifted her order?
Wonderful to catch a young person barefoot on the park beach soaking in the sunrise. 6/5/2020
Thought that you might want to share this history on Father Marquette from The Betsie Current, since Michilimackinac is a critical part of the story...! https://bit.ly/3frz0Vo
The fort 1976
Ahhh the geese are slowly getting back to work.
Ahhhh the ice mound forming day. The sun peeked out.