Forts, Ferries, Fudge and Michigan History
When it comes to Michigan history, there is no destination that compares to Mackinac Island!
Breathtaking beauty, historic forts, world-famous fudge and an island life void of motor vehicles make Mackinac Island one of the most unique destinations on the planet. Add a brunch at the Grand Hotel, and your trip will be almost too good to be true. Yes, the brunch is that good!
Here are a few of our favorite student activities that we can include on your tour including lodging on the Island or the mainland:
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Mackinac State Historic Parks has built the following resources and amenities at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park:
-The British Workshop
-The creek dam and sawmill
-Costumed interpreters and demonstrators
-A naturalist speaking about the roles of animal and plant species
-The Millwright's House
-3.5 miles of nature trails
-An Eagle's Flight Zip Line; Canopy Bridge; and Michigan's first vertical nature trail, a Climbing Wall, comprise the three elements of the brand-new Adventure Tour (Budget additional time at the park. Fee is not included in park ticket.)
Fort Michilimackinac was an 18th-century French, and later British, fort and trading post in the Great Lakes of North America. It was built around 1715. The site of the fort in present-day Mackinaw City is part of Colonial Michilimackinac, a National Historic Landmark.
Interpreters help bring the history to life with music, live demonstrations, and reenactments, including musket and cannon firing demonstrations. The site has numerous reconstructed historical wooden structures.
The fort grounds also contain the foot of the Mackinac Bridge; Old Mackinac Point Light, which is an 1892 lighthouse; and a day-use park with a view of the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island.
Fort Mackinac, situated on 150 foot bluffs above the beautiful Straits of Mackinac, it is one of the few surviving revolutionary war forts in the United States, and one of the most complete forts in the country.
There are 14 original buildings standing on the site as well, including:
1. Commissary Building
2. Post Headquarters
3. Quartermaster's Storehouse
4. Post Bathhouse
5. Soldiers Barracks
6. Post Schoolhouse
7. Hill Quarters
8. Post Hospital
9. Officer's Stone Quarters
10. Wood Quarters
11. Post Guardhouse
12-14: North, East, and West Blockhouses
The Grand Hotel was constructed in the late 19th century. The facility advertises itself as having the world's largest porch. The Grand Hotel is well known for a number of notable visitors, including five U.S. presidents, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain.
Mackinac Carriage Tours is by far the most enjoyable and authentic way to view the island. Groups will stop at some of the island's top attractions, including the Grand Hotel and Arch Rock.
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents.
There are also opportunities to rent bicycles, shop in historic downtown, hike the island, and enjoy the island's entertainment.
Michigan Educational Resources
Please contact us, and we'll create a Michigan history adventure for your group on beautiful Mackinac Island: