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Mackinac State Historic Parks Celebrate 50th Anniversary

This summer, Mackinac State Historic Parks will celebrate its 50th anniversary and you’re invited to come and enjoy this enchanting destination with its canopies of cedars and birches, limestone bluffs, wildflowers, Victorian charm and fascinating history. These are the natural wonders and captivating features that make this area one of the scenic places that define what Pure Michigan means.

Much of this remarkable state park is housed on Mackinac Island, which is without a doubt, one of ‘the world’s 20 most beautiful islands’ as dubbed by Conde’ Nast Traveler magazine.

Originally established as a national park in 1875, Mackinac Island later became Michigan’s first state park. Eighty percent of the island is still park land, punctuated by distinctive stone formations like the breathtakingly beautiful Arch Rock.

Mackinac State Historic Parks is a family of living history museums and nature. Its sites include Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, Historic Downtown on Mackinac Island, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.

Magnificent scenery and history await you at Mackinac State Historic Parks, with its historic forts, shops, blacksmith shop, sawmill, churches and homes that step into the past for a glimpse of life form the 1770s to the 1910s.

The festivities begin June 15. Visit Mackinac State Historic Parks for a list of activities related to the 50th anniversary.

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