Mackinac State Historic Parks Opening Dates

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI – Out of the overwhelming safety concern for visitors and staff, as well as in following state and federal guidelines, Mackinac State Historic Parks has made the decision to delay the opening of the historic sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City.

They are now planning on the following TENTATIVE opening dates:

These Mackinac Island sites will tentatively open Friday, May 22:
• Fort Mackinac
• The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
• Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center
• Fort Holmes Blockhouse
• Mission Church
• Bark Chapel
• Restrooms at Arch Rock and British Landing

The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, will open at a date to be determined, due to construction delays. The British Landing Nature Center will still open May 23, and Historic Downtown Mackinac will open June 6.

The following Mackinaw City sites are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 23:
• Colonial Michilimackinac
• Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
• Restrooms adjacent to the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center and within Michilimackinac State Park

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is now scheduled to open on Saturday, June 6.

This is an ever-changing and fluid situation, and these dates are subject to change.

Mackinac State Historic Parks looks forward to welcoming guests to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this summer.

Mackinac State Historic Parks, a family of living history museums and parks in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its sites—which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums—include Fort Mackinac, the Biddle House, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Historic Downtown Mackinac, and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City. Mackinac State Historic Parks is governed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, established in 1895 to protect, preserve and present the parks’ rich historic and natural resources for the education and recreation of future generations. Visitor information is available at (231) 436-4100 or on the web at