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Visit to the fort

Very informative visit. Would have liked to have heard more from the people on site with there... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sledman1900
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Enfield, Connecticut
History abounds at Fort Mackinac

In town, you will often be reminded of the Fort when the cannon is fired. The Boy Scouts operate a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

A fun place to visit. Interesting to see and hear the history behind the fort. Got to see the cannon fire and received an informative walk through.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This is a great place to visit on the island. The "soldiers" are very good at explaining and showing you what it was like to be stationed on Fort Mackinac in the 1880's. The buildings are well done not only on the outside but many of them have displays set up to explain how things ran "back in the day." The doctor's infirmary was very interesting as they use holograms of the Fort's Doctor explaining 3 cases and then a modern day nurse steps in to explain how their ailments would be treated today. Also was fun "getting in line" with the soldiers on the main field and doing some marching exercises...come on...give it a try. They also do periodic rifle shooting displays and will fire off a cannon a few times during the day. We took the carriage ride to view the island and they dropped us off at the front gate. But you can also enter the Fort just off the downtown up from the Island Visitor's Center. Put this on your Island List.

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The buildings and grounds themselves are interesting, and you'll likely learn a bit of history. There are a handful of actors (maybe 6 or 7?) dressed in period costume. The other staff, once inside, are boy scouts. The actors tend not to be in any of the buildings, but rather can be seen doing historical skits on a regular rotation on the grounds between the buildings. When it comes to the buildings themselves, you'll be reading signs, listening to recordings, watching an occasional short video, and (in at least one case) watching an "animatronics" exhibit. It would be super helpful to identify which artifacts on display are truly from this fort, vs. replicas.

Thank IowaMV
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

There are a lot of different buildings to walk through learning the history of fort. Our carriage tour guide talked about the fort which was a nice addition before touring fort. Purchasing a ticket to the fort also gives you admission to other buildings in town. Wish we would have known about fort cafe , we ate lunch before touring fort. The patio view from cafe is awesome!

Thank Dave55555
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

I knew nothing about the history of this time or place. It was very enlightening to see the way the soldiers lived and were able to have their families with them. Winters on the island were brutal.

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