Last summer not only did we have an amazing adventure on Mackinac Island in Michigan thanks to the Mackinac State Historic Parks but it was my FIRST TIME on Mackinac Island! If you’re debating whether or not to go – just do it! Not only does it make a romantic getaway and a fabulous girl’s getaway, but there are tons of free things to do on Mackinac Island. Below are 4 amazing things to do at Fort Mackinac.
Frequently when we travel we have a historical location on our “to see” list, and Fort Mackinac is no different. Not only is the location on the island make it a stunning view as you are exploring but the scenic view from the top of Fort Mackinac is unparalleled on the island. Even if you are not interested in the history of the fort, or history in general, I still highly recommend spending the time to walk around the fort.
There are some surprising and unique things to do in Fort Mackinac that you can’t do anywhere else on your journeys! Below are just 4 amazing things you can do in Fort Mackinac! (PST – Fort Mackinac is pet friendly!)
Shoot a Cannon!
If you’ve ever wanted to shoot a historic cannon on the top of a historic fort then FORT MACKINAC IS YOUR PLACE!!! NO – I’m not kidding! You’ll need to make sure you set up a reservation here, and there is an extra fee, but this is by far one of the coolest historic things you can do!
Take a Close Look at a Paper Mache Brain Model
After I’d made it through most of Fort Mackinac I rounded a corner and literally almost walked into this 1800’s incredibly delicate and detailed paper mache brain! What a delightful surprise! I have a degree in Biology and am a science nerd at heart so this was one of the coolest things I remember from my visit to the fort!
Gobble down a Pecan Ball at the Tea Room
Happiness comes in the form of a Pecan Ball in Fort Mackinac. And the view will knock your socks off. The Tea Room is located right inside of Fort Mackinac. Sit at one of the tables outside (there’s no indoor dining), look out over the island and watch the barges go through the straits. It’s simply perfection. And trust me when I tell you at LEAST 3 people can split a Pecan Ball. It’s really sweet!
Explore the Kids Quarters
I have been in children’s museums and historical museums all over the country and Fort Mackinac has one of the most interactive children’s areas I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely fantastic and the location up towards the top of the island can’t be beat! It comes with an incredible view! While I was touring an elderly group discovered the children’s quarters and you should have seen the running around playing with everything! It was just fabulous! It certainly had my reaching out to touch things and interact with the displays.
Watch the cannon in action:
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