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A group of costumed interpreters fires rifles at Mackinac Island’s historic Fort Mackinac

Things to do at Mackinac Island’s historic Fort Mackinac

Before there were horse-drawn carriage tours, ferry boats, charming hotels and delicious restaurants, there was Fort Mackinac. The historic stronghold atop the bluffs of Mackinac Island is the reason the surrounding town developed and eventually became one of the world’s most beloved travel destinations. Still today, one of the most popular things for visitors to …

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Mackinac Island offers many things to do that make perfect real-world learning experiences in science and other subjects.

Mackinac Island field trip: 3 places for hands-on science lessons

Ironically, educational visits to Mackinac Island are more popular than ever. Sure, millions of official field trips have been scratched from the calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic with many schools across the country closed to in-person learning. And even schools that are holding face-to-face classes have cancelled many off-campus excursions. Yet, parents truly have been …

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Mackinac Island is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions including historic Fort Mackinac that dates to the 18th century.

10½ MACKINAC ISLAND FUN FACTS

It seems no matter how many times you visit Mackinac Island, there is always something new to learn, some legend to hear, some history to experience. Here are 10 ½ fun facts about your favorite Michigan Island: MACKINAC ISLAND IS HOME TO THE LARGEST LILAC TREE IN MICHIGAN Lilac trees aren’t native to Mackinac Island, …

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Mackinac Island fireworks on the Fourth of July are one of many unique experiences that make visiting the island so special.

How do you say ‘Mackinac’ Island?

If you visit Mackinac Island, there’s a good chance you might overhear a conversation that includes something like, “Is it Mack-i-naw or Mack-i-nack?” Consider the different spelling in nearby Mackinaw City and it’s no wonder people get confused. The short answer to this common question is that it’s pronounced MACK-in-awe. But there is a longer …

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