Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is State Park property characterized by high limestone bluffs , beautiful vistas of sparkling water , vibrant forests , and unique geological formations . Whether experiencing the Island on foot , bike , horseback or carriage , the many geological wonders , two historic forts and unique historical monuments are visual treasures .
HISTORIC FORT MACKINAC On the bluff looking south over the Island ’ s busy harbor and majestic Straits of Mackinac is the stately stone palisade of Fort Mackinac . Built in 1780 , it is the Island ’ s most formidable of several State Park attractions . Inside the Fort walls are 14 original buildings filled with interactive displays and period furnishings .
Costumed interpreters guide visitors through realistic demonstrations , reenactments , programs , and tours . Always updating and expanding Park programs , this year features new inn ovative tours at the Fort , and a brand new experience in the Kids ’ Quarters at Fort Mackinac .
View from Fort Mackinac
Your Fort Mackinac tickets also includes admission to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum , located in Marquette Park . This year features a Seasons of Mackinac theme you ’ re sure to enjoy . Your Fort ticket also gives full access to the Historic downtown buildings , including the Biddle House , Benjamin Blacksmith Shop , American Fur Company Store , Dr . Beaumont Museum , and the Mc- Gulpin House . Step inside these buildings , and step back into time ! Many are filled with period furnishings and historic interpreters , to experience 19th century Mackinac Island .
This summer marks the full opening of the beautiful rededicated Historic Biddle House , featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum . Live programs given by costumed interpreters take place daily at 1pm and 3:30pm .
MACKINAC IS ...
On the bluff overlooking Mackinac Island
On Market Street
In Marquette Park off Main Street
Along Market Street
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