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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

15500 N. Lighthouse Pt. Road, PO Box 43, Leelanau State Park, Northport, MI
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Northport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Specialty Museums
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Dublin, Ohio
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141 reviews 141 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is in Leelanau State Park so you have to enter the park to see the lighthouse so there is a $9 park fee before you pay $4 per person to go inside the lighthouse. However, worth the cost if you are interested in lighthouses. Some take advantage of the picnic area to have lunch. We enjoyed going inside... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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157 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a very beautiful setting for a lighthouse. The house is filled with many amazing artifacts from the Keepers who worked and lived there. There is also a place where you can sit and research a family member who worked there. There are volumes of history. Take the time to walk up the winding stairs to get the view... More

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Riverside, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Pretty historic lighthouse. When open(and it was to us) you can tour the little museum and climb narrow stairs to the top of the lighthouse tower for the view. Worth the drive up the pretty peninsula.

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White Lake, MI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is a great day trip from Traverse City for individuals or families. The lighthouse is a museum that comes with a written tour, explaining how life was like about 150 years ago. As of August 2014, the cost of entry to the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for children. There is a scavenger... More

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Mount Albert ON
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were travelling from Petoskey to Sleeping Bear Dunes with a stop for a picnic lunch at Leelanau State Park to see Grand Traverse Lighthouse. We didn't visit the Museum. If you enjoy scenic day trips then I highly recommend the must see Leelanau Peninsula. There are many wineries along the route. We bought some wine for family and friends... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Come experience life in a Great Lakes Lighthouse which is fully furnished just like it would have been in the 1920s. This will delight the children in discovering and imagining what life would have been like living in a working lighthouse. For older visitors, it will take them back to Grandma's house. For a small museum, the interpretation is exceptionally... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This lighthouse museum was staffed by a retired teacher who provided hands-on demonstration as well as information about a small submersible used for the investigation of sunken ships. Other local L. Michigan history was also on display and the outside views of the lake were perfect.

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Colliers, West Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We drove behind an idiot who had his dog in the front seat and wife in the back on a two lane road for 20 miles. When we finally got to the lighthouse, we paid $9 and watched the idiot get out and leave his dog in the truck. When I asked the ranger how long he would be allowed... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We are fascinated with lighthouses and have seen many of them. This one is a great one to visit because the lighthouse keepers house is restored to the 1920's. You can climb up the steps to the tower. There are not many steps for the climb, but it is narrow and does not have a lot of room. It costs... More

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Brighton, MI
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This lighthouse is in a State park so you will need a Passport sticker or license plate. Stickers are sold by attendant if you don't have one. Very knowledgable staff at the lighthouse, friendly and eager to share some history. Outdoor sitting areas. There is a fee to climb to the top of the lighthouse however the view and experience... More

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