Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
4.5
Lighthouses • History Museums
Temporarily closedClosed until May 5, 2022
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Made to be Seen. 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. This is Mackinac.
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL7,820 contributions
Off service
Oct 2021
Small lighthouse, but has many interesting artefacts.
We’ve visited this place in early October. There were foggy days, so the visibility from the lighthouse was poor.
The tourist guide was very knowable, explaining many aspects related to old days of service people living in this building.
In lower part of the building you can see displays presenting the history of region, building and people.
I liked the giant Fresnel lens taken from the tower. It’s state of art with so many surfaces polished to perfection.
There are more buildings related to this lighthouse. There was room with looping video about ship wrecks of the great lakes. It was very well prepared material.
The continuation of this topic was in the next small building with more artefacts form the vessel which has sunken on the lake.
There is also a gift shop where you have to buy the tickets.
We were very satisfied after visiting this place.
I recommend it.

RomanP
Written October 23, 2021
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Hi Roman, Thank you for the fantastic review and rundown of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse has stood as a guiding beacon for more than 130 years, and you can see why they were so important on foggy days such as the day you visited. We'll be sure to share your kind words with our museum programs staff, as they'll be excited to hear how much you enjoyed the content of the lighthouse, as well as your kind words on our interpreter working at the building. We hope you are able to visit us again soon!
Written October 26, 2021
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,233 contributions
Nice Lighthouse in and excellent location.
Jun 2021
Old Mackinac Point Light is a beautiful lighthouse in a great location for photos. You can get lighthouse photos wit the bridge and maybe even a freighter in the background. We could not go into the lighthouse as it was covid closed, but the gift shop, which is under the bridge, was open and quite extensive. If you are staying in the area, there is no better place than this park to watch ships and see the sunset and the bridge lit up in the evening.
Written October 11, 2021
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Hi Frank, Thank you for taking the time to review Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. We're glad you enjoyed the grounds and the Fog Signal Building Museum Store. We'll be open fully in 2022, so we hope you are able to stop by and check out the buildings and exhibits on the grounds, including the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum. Thank you!
Written October 26, 2021
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Jana S
Wisconsin39 contributions
Well maintained site, light house and museum.
Sep 2021
You will not be disappointed by this lighthouse tour. Well maintained living quarters and museum. My sons and hubby went into the tower - which is well regulated with timed admittance to keep crowds down - but I stayed on the ground with our doggo.
Written September 29, 2021
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Hi Jana, Thank you for taking the time to review, and we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse! We try to make every trip up the tower special, which is why we don't want to overcrowd it, and we're glad your family enjoyed that. We're always adding to our offerings at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, so we hope you are able to visit us again soon!
Written October 26, 2021
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BeenTo7Continents
Des Plaines, IL206 contributions
Plug your ears when they test the horn
Aug 2021
You can walk to the top of the lighthouse as part of your admission tour but they only take 6 at a time every half hour so request that when you pay to enter. Interesting artifacts and uniforms of lighthouse keeper also on property.
Written August 29, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for the great review, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope you visit us again soon!
Written August 30, 2021
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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA4,052 contributions
Wonderful Lighthouse!!
Aug 2021 • Family
Unfortunately, my Wife and I did not get the opportunity to tour the lighthouse. Our family group was 15 people, and the majority of them wanted to go right away to Mackinac Island. So we missed out. From the outside, though, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is a pretty sight to behold. Highly recommend that you take the time to tour this lighthouse when you are in Mackinaw City.
Written August 29, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for the great review, and we're hopeful you'll be able to tour it soon!
Written August 30, 2021
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maryfaithroell
Harrison, OH73 contributions
Must see if you love Lighthouse
Aug 2021 • Family
My daughter and I our doing a Lighthouse tour trip and always delighted when we can tour a lighthouse! This one was no exception. The tour guide, Haley, was friendly and knowledgeable. The museum was interesting and personal to the lighthouse. Very interesting to learn about the Keepers and their families
Written August 29, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for the great review, and we're thrilled to hear Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was part of your lighthouse tour! We'll definitely pass along your review to Haley and her supervisor, and we're glad to hear you found the tour enjoyable. We hope to see you again soon!
Written August 30, 2021
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Keith M
10 contributions
Lighthouse
Aug 2021
We just love looking at the Lighthouses on the Great Lakes. And seeing the houses or residents that people lived in.
Written August 24, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for the great review, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 25, 2021
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Elizabeth
Tennessee23 contributions
Cute lighthouse, good exhibits and tour
Aug 2021 • Couples
We looked around the grounds, gift shop, and took a guided tour of the lighthouse. Our guide was fantastic and I learned some things I didn’t know about lighthouses on the lakes. I recommend stopping by if you’re in town.
Written August 10, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse! We look forward to seeing you for future visits!
Written August 17, 2021
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Sphynxlovers
Dalton, GA100 contributions
Great lighthouse with plenty of maritime history
Jul 2021
I enjoy visiting lighthouses and I definitely wanted to see this one. The ticket price is reasonable at $8.50/pp or you can get combo passes that include the lighthouse and fort.
This is a self-guided tour of the grounds and of the living quarters. There is an extra ticket for an actual tour of the lighthouse and the tours only happen at certain times, so be aware of that.
If you have time, hang around for the horn blowing demonstration. The displays of the shipwrecks and of time-period pieces were great things to see. Great place to take plenty of pictures.
Written July 19, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse! We are happy to see that you enjoyed your time and took in all that the lighthouse has to offer. We look forward to seeing you for future visits!
Written August 17, 2021
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chris h
Michigan70 contributions
Beautiful lighthouse
Jul 2021
Just a short walk from Colonial Michilimackinac. Lovely old lighthouse. Be aware, if traveling with young children, there are restrictions to climbing the tower.
Written July 19, 2021
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. We do have some restrictions for climbing the tower, as it's for the safety of all involved. All participants must be at least 4' tall and wear securely fastened shoes, as getting to the top of the tower requires climbing up a wrought-iron ladder. The safety of our guests is priority one for us. Thank you!
Written August 20, 2021
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