Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in quaint Mackinaw City, Michigan is located on the shores of Lake Huron overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. It's a nifty place to visit and if you are a lighthouse buff you will be amazed at the incredible restoration that has taken place.
What's fantastic about this lighthouse is that after you tour the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse you can walk under the Mackinac Bridge to visit the incredible
Colonial Fort Michilimackinac.
The shoreline in front of the lighthouse is a park like setting where you can have a picnic or swim in the cool waters of Lake Huron.
The lighthouse is considered a grand dame of all lighthouses and was large enough to have two families living there. Due to its location the Lighthouse Keeper and his family could have a more normal life style being based at Mackinaw City, Michigan rather than on an isolated island.
The restoration of the living quarters depicts what it was like to be live in this beautiful building and complex. There is a nice gift shop in the Fog Signal Building.
There are tours conducted by costumed interpreters and children can even try on period dress to pretend they are a lighthouse keeper.
The Tower Tour is something fun to do if you don't mind heights or small cramped quarters. The Lighthouse keeper takes small groups up to the tower.
Two important things to remember about this tour are:
- You must be wearing shoes that fit securely - no flip flops or thong-type shoes are allowed.
- You must be over 4 feet tall to be allowed to go up to the tower.
Kathy was a bit hesitant doing it especially going through the hatch going up and coming down! But she did it and was glad she did!
Breathtaking Views from the Tower
That's Mackinac Island in the distance!
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse click here.
Insider Tip: Don't miss seeing Shipwrecks of the Straits in the theater in the barn on the complex grounds. It is only 15 minutes long and quite interesting.
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