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The North Point Lighthouse is located at 2650 N. Wahl Avenue within Lake Park –one of the first public parks in Milwaukee .The lighthouse was originally built in 1855 with the ever famous cream city brick and was registered on the National Register of Historic Lighthouses in 1980; in 1984 the lighthouse also became part of the National Historic Places list. It is one of the oldest structures built AND still standing in the area.
In 2000, funds were allocated and raised to complete restoration of the Lighthouse tower and the Keepers Quarters. Since 2007, when the restoration was complete, the site has been open to the public for tours. The North Point Lighthouse consists of a 74-foot lighthouse tower and two and ahalf story wood-frame Keeper's Quarters and sits between two amazing ravines –all of which present excellent photo opportunities. There are many paths that meander through the park as well.
While walking around the outside of the lighthouse is agreat experience, you may take an educating tour with one of the volunteer guides. Public tours are offered year round on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm-4pm. Adult admission is $5.00, admission for those under 12 years is $3.00, and for those under 5, admission is free.
This is a great place to visit if outdoor weather is friendly. It’s an excellent spot to walk around, view the lake, and admire the architecture. There are a few historical signs which will fill you in on otherbits of the lighthouse’s history. If you visit when the weather is not hospitable to leisurely exploring the grounds and viewing the lighthouse from outside, your trip may not be as fulfilling.
While there is parking available 1 block north of the lighthouse at the County Pavilion lot off Newberry Blvd (handicapped access here as well) make sure you take the time to wander through the park. Take time to visit the restored Lion Bridges that take you across the ravines to the lighthouse; the Erastus Wolcott statue, the Waterfall Ravine and the newly completed bluff area directly east of the lighthouse, with beautiful vistas of Milwaukee's lakefront.