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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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Address: 526 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone Number: +1 231-436-4100
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point...

A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped passing ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There's just as much to see from the top of the tower as inside the original buildings. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens and the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum, this "Castle of the Straits" is a true gem of the Great Lakes.

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Beautiful spot

My Mom and I went to Mackinac Island for a vacation in September of 2015 and we loved the area. This lighthouse was historic and sits in a beautiful spot along the shore in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Albany NY
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Albany NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Mom and I went to Mackinac Island for a vacation in September of 2015 and we loved the area. This lighthouse was historic and sits in a beautiful spot along the shore in the shadow of the bridge to the upper peninsula. It was a lovely relaxing vacation.

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Stanton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

The gentleman that gave us a tour of the tower knew his information. He answered all our question. This was a neat and informative experience.

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New Haven, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Been going to Mackinaw my whole life and remember when this was run down and not open to the public. So nice to be able to go in it and see it restored! Such a beautiful building. Go up and look out!

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Nice looking lighthouse with view of Mackinac Bridge, entry fee but free outside, very pretty. Nice park along shore and tourist street just a few streets away. Hotel right across street. Must see if you are in area.

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Alpena, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Hard climb but well worth the climb...view was awesome and guide was very friendly and shared information with us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Stopped.on our honey moon. It was just opening. All employees were courteous and informative. Beautiful mid spring views.

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We visited the lighthouse in the afternoon. There are four buildings on the grounds. The fog house which preceded the lighthouse and is now a gift shop. The two front buildings have a movie on the Mackinac Straits and the other a museum. The tour has a guide and we were the only ones on his tour. He was very... More 

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Marquette, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Tour this historic lighthouse from 1889 and see an original lighthouse lens and restored lighthouse keeper quarters that really give you the feel of what it was like navigating ships through the tumultuous waters of the Straits of Mackinac over nearly a hundred years ago. There is also an audiovisual program "Shipwrecks of the Straits" that make this great, educational... More 

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Kendallville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

We went here on our last day of vacation. The tour was very informative and the guide made it a lot of fun. The view from the top was amazing. Afterwards we watch a short movie about the lighthouse and checked out the gift shop.

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Milton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We didn't actually go into the buildings, but the grounds were very well kept and the parking lot could handle our 28' motorhome.We walked around the property and enjoyed an unobstructed view of the Mackinac Bridge. Lots of evidence the they have geese .... watch your step!

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