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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Visiting the Historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

The historic Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is located on the banks of Lake Michigan in Michilimackinac State Park. If you're unfamiliar with the'll find it right off I-75 in Mackinaw City, east of the Mackinaw Bridge.

Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Admission: Children $5.50 Adults $8.50
Open: Seasonally May through October
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Lake Michigan

In 1889 the lighthouse went into operation to help mariners navigate through the dangerous waters of the Straights of Mackinac. For 65 years, four generations of light keepers and their families lived on the lighthouse property. The tower stands 58 feet tall and the light can be seen up to 16 miles away.

Upon arrival you'll want to park in the free parking lot. Head to the admissions area (Fog Signal Building) to pay your admission and obtain a map. There are 5 main areas you'll want to visit which are as follows:

1. Fog Signal Building - This is where you pay your admission fee and the building includes the museum store.

2. Keeper's Quarters - You can walk around the restored Keeper's Quarters to learn more about the keepers who lived and maintained the lighthouse. You'll see some really fun and educational exhibits to help teach you the history of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

3. The Tower - If you're in good health you can climb the stairs to the top of the tower. They offer tower tours (included in your admission), but they're offered on a first come, first served basis. If you climb the stairs to the top you'll be treated to some amazing views of the area.

4. The Barn - In this restored building you can watch the 15-minute long Shipwrecks of the Straights Movie. This is included in your admission price.

5. Warehouse - This building is the home of the Straights of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum. This is included in your admission price.
Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan

If you're looking for the public restrooms you'll find them in building #6 along with vending machines to purchase cold beverages. These are the ONLY open-to-the-public restrooms on the property.

The lighthouse complex is located in Michilmackinac State Park which has a lot of nice picnic areas, so feel free to bring along your own picnic lunch. When visiting....we recommend setting aside 1 1/2 to 2 hours in your schedule to experience the lighthouse activities and then an additional 1-2 hours to explore the state park.

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