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Address: 2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
Phone Number: +1 810-982-0891
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd...

The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd oldest on the Great Lakes. The current tower was erected in 1829 and has helped guide mariners and ships for over 187 years between Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

Deeded to St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission in 2011, this 5 acre campus has already seen restoration of several of the seven buildings on site, with more improvements planned every year.

The Port Huron Museum operates the activities at the site. Various programs include "Overnight at the Light, where groups of 20 - 40 people can spend the night in the remodeled, 1872 Duplex.

A beautiful gift shop, guided tours for only $7.00, spacious grounds, programming and exhibits go on throughout the season (May - December). Also available for special events: weddings , reunions, parties and professional & social events.


Now through November 13,2016: Sat./Sun. only, 11 am - 5 pm

November 19 - December 18, 2016: Sat. 11 am - 8 pm for Candlelight Tours;Sundays 11 am - 5 pm

December 27-29, 2016 11 am - 5 pm

December 30: CLOSED UNTIL MAY 4, 2017, except for special events and Overnights.

Looking forward to welcoming you!

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Excellent Port Huron History Lesson

We had some time to spend so we stopped by the Fort Gratiot Light House for a look around. There was parking for maybe ten vehicles with barrier free parking nearer the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Park at the little park/beach play area just down the beach (left if looking at the water from America). :) Take a stroll along the waters' edge to the lighthouse. Careful - the sand can get hot. But there is a little gate up to the lighthouse where there is also a water pump to wash the sand off your... More 

Thank Brianna-B-There
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had some time to spend so we stopped by the Fort Gratiot Light House for a look around. There was parking for maybe ten vehicles with barrier free parking nearer the lighthouse. It was recently renovated and in the process of some more. The history of the lighthouse was fascinating and the kids had fun exploring. The displays were... More 

Thank TheMItraveler
Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I climbed the lighthouse here a few years ago and so far I'm the only Canadian from Sarnia across the river who has done that. Great views from the top! My husband and I also launched our rubber floatie from the beach here in the annual float down in August. A great spot for doing that.

Thank MindVisions
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made the stop on a quiet October day. Trees were changing and grounds were so well kept. We wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank terhadley
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Although the lighthouse was not open this time of year, we were able to walk around, enjoying the view and reading the information placques that were on the property. I recommend it for everyone, especially in the Spring or early fall, when its open.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I decided to spend the day trying to see as many lighthouses on the Lake Huron side of Michigan as I could. My very first stop was the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. I arrived right around 10 A.M. on Sunday morning, and was a little dismayed to see that the tours and displays did not open for another hour. The grounds... More 

Thank ElleKitty13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Climb to the top and see the breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the Saint Clair River. The lighthouse and its history are interesting to learn about and beautiful to see from inside. The sailboats and freighters are so pretty to see from up that high. It's an experience you won't forget!

Thank DrRobertsDVM
Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful stop. A beautiful day and the lighthouse right on the point overlooking the river and the lake. How cool. Great locale for photo's...nive park for picnic or just a walk. Make this a stop when in town...we will mot see lighthouses too much longer.

Thank Bob M
Westland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Just a beautiful place with such a rich history!! Quaint gift shop lovely beach great views and lighthouse I just adored! Great place to take the family walk the dog and just spend quality time in history and nature!!

Thank Theresa013067
Middleburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

This was our first time to both visit and climb up inside of a lighthouse. The tour guide was very informative in explaining about the history of the area & the lighthouse itself. Even as we climbed up the stairs, she would pause to explain significant features. The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking & Lake Huron was dangerously... More 

Thank Terri B

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