Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 3, 2013

Moms Think Michigan History is Fun for Families

Fr Pierre Gebault (aka college student A.J.) and Jonathan, a British Private in the King's Eighth, recreate a peaceful moment between the fort's French and English inhabitants

Fr. Pierre Gebault and a British Private in the King’s Eighth recreate a peaceful moment between the fort’s French and English inhabitants

Moms know best, and they ranked several Michigan destinations, from historical sites to tourist towns, tops in the 2013 FamilyFun Travel Awards.

FamilyFun Magazine surveyed 2,000 mothers with kids ages three to 12 about 360 U.S. travel destinations nationally and by region.l_FF0413COVER

Mackinaw City was voted the number one tourist town and Traverse City ranked in the top 10; Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan was not only named one of the Top 10 Nature Escapes, it’s among the Top 10 Favorite Family Destinations overall.

Moms think history is fun for kids, ranking three educational sites in Michigan among the Top 10 Tourist Attractions in the U.S.: Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City and Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island (both are Mackinac State Historic Parks) and the indoor/outdoor collection of all things Americana at The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn.

Step back in time at Greenfield Village

Step back in time at historic structures relocated to Greenfield Village; it opens for the season April 15

At Colonial Michilimackinac, which recreates the 18th century fort that stood at the Straits of Mackinac,  costumed interpreters recreate daily life in more than a dozen buildings of the fur-trading center. New this year: the South Southwest Rowhouse, which houses a theater featuring exhibits and a film about the Ojibwa attack on the British fort in 1763.

Michilimackinac opens for the season May 6 and the grand opening of the Rowhouse is set for June 2, recognizing the 250th anniversary of the attack. The 47th annual pageant reenacting the confrontation takes place May 25-27. The story is told at an evening program, Mayhem at Michilimackinac, 8-10 p.m., Friday, June 21.

Original buildings, as well as recreated structures, make up the Revolutionary War era Fort Mackinac. High on a Mackinac Island bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, it opens for the season May 7.

Click here to see the complete lists; the story appears in the April issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

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