High color weekend. The lake was like glass and the trees like fire. Simply beautiful.
We arrived quite late in the afternoon and daylight was at a premium. Admission was $9, (Seniors $7) and it covered all areas, including the film, the museum, the tours, and all site builidngs, as well as the inside of the lighthouse itself. The lakeside grounds are completely fenced off so one is not allowed to even enter the balcony without paying. The gift shop cashier was helpful in informing us that if we waited until after six, the admission fee was waved, the tours ended, and the inside lighthouse areas were closed, so one was free to wander the outside areas at will until dark.
This area has always been special to us and so on a day like this, we waited.
The grounds are clean and manicured, the restrooms are clean and the gift shop offers a wide variety of things; clothing, jewelry, paintings, books (and MN cookbooks) and trip saving film and digital memory chips. Something's are a bit pricey.
The entire site is now owned by the MN Historical Society and they have done a good job at keeping this place clean, beauitful and special.
All the lakeside areas are completely and sturdily fenced so this is safe for children and it makes for a great learning experience for the younger ones to learn how things used to be. Living quarters from the days when the light attendants used to live onsite are open for guided tour as well as the mechanical and electrical areas that made the light work. Highly recommended.
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