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Split Rock Lighthouse

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Split Rock Lighthouse

Breath taking view from above as well as from the lake...people kayak in Lake Superior and the view... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Two Harbors, Minnesota
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Adventures with the Grandchildren

We were there on Nov 18th and unfortunately the gift shop was closed for reno but we were able to... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
Ricky L
West Concord, Minnesota
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Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s...more
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3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors, MN 55616-2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Breath taking view from above as well as from the lake...people kayak in Lake Superior and the view is beautiful. It is one of the top visits when you are visiting the north shore!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We were there on Nov 18th and unfortunately the gift shop was closed for reno but we were able to walk around the light house. We also went down to the pebble beach and enjoy that.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ricky L
Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Pull over from your long day of traveling. Stretch your legs. Walk the 5 minute lake trail. Take in the panoramic sight of the lighthouse imposing itself over the cliff and lake. Walk up the steep wooden staircase and enjoy yourself as the lighthouse becomes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BradyHales
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Lots of trails to hike. Lots of things to look at. Great tour if you can visit while they are open. Better in the summer. Super cold in the winter. Overall, a great place to stop while cruising up highway 61.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tschmidt690
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Stopped here as a group and really enjoyed it. Docent was excellent as was the video and walking tour.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kenmac1
Reviewed October 26, 2018

This lighthouse is absolutely gorgeous. We did the Lake Superior circle and this was our favorite lighthouse. It's stunning sitting on top of that gorgeous rock. You will need to take the trail to get the best view of this lighthouse. Lots of stairs if...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rita J
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Amazing. Gorgeous weather and views made this an unforgettable experience. Everything about the north shore and it’s treasures were amazing for our family.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JaimieMB
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Has a great time visiting this great lighthouse. Learned from guides about how, why, and how much it cost to build. Glad the Mn Historical Society maintains it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 150jeff1953
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This lighthouse is a must see. Go early before the crowds pile in but plan to walk up the lighthouse and visit the buildings on the grounds. This is a great place to learn about the history of the lighthouses on lake Superior.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen D
Reviewed October 12, 2018

I took the guided tour and it was very informative. The tour guide explained the history of the area, how the lighthouse was built, and provided lots of details re: the lighthouse and surrounding structures. It's a very pretty location.

Date of experience: September 2018
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May 30, 2017|
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Response from 678lc | Reviewed this property |
Hi, parking and access to the grounds are free. Access to the lighthouse varies. Current costs are as follows:- $10 Adults $8 Seniors (65+) $8 Active military and veterans $8 College students $6 Children ages... More
Debra R
September 16, 2016|
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Response from Kalyn310 | Reviewed this property |
No dogs are allowed on the Historic Site grounds, which include all the buildings and specific trails down to Lake Superior. The adjacent Split Rock Lighthouse State Park does allow dogs on their hiking trails.
Michelle R
September 14, 2016|
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Response from Jim P | Reviewed this property |
If the flight of outdoor stairs are too much to get up to the lighthouse base, he can walk down the path a short way to see a nice but partial view without going down all those stairs. You can drive down to the beach and... More
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Favorite hikes in the area? (4 Replies)
We're going to be renting near Two Harbors for 4-5 days but plan to make our way along 61 to hike many of the state parks and visit GM. Any recommendations on must see trails/parks along the way? We know about Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse but would like some longer hikes with waterfalls, etc.
August 16, 2010|
Response fromDowntownMinneapolis|
Here's a few for starters - Grand Portage State Park - right along the Canadian border. Easy paved path & steps to the largest waterfall in the state, but then hike to the middle falls. Very peaceful, and you probably won't run into anyone else. Hike to the highest point in Minnesota at Eagle Mountain. It's a 20 mile drive in from Grand Marais, and you'll actually be hiking into the Boundary Waters area, but get a free day pass at the trailhead. Look for the plaque on the rock at...More
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Split Rock Lighthouse (8 Replies)
I can't believe nobody asks questions about this area! My 88 year old mother and I are doing a "roots" trip. We left Minnesota when I was 4 - 50 years ago. Mom wants to go see the places where she lived much of her early life. The north shore is one of those places! She has her heart set on climbing the lighthouse. Unfortunately I see it is not open until about 2 days after we leave. I am wondering if there is any way at all to arrange an early visit?
May 01, 2010|
Response frommntoathens|
Hm, sure is fine to ask, but I can't imagine you'll get good news with staff not in place to ensure security for your visit. However, it is still worth visiting. To be honest, I find the shoreline just south of the lighthouse (walkable from the park) to be more breathtaking. There you can see it on its rocky perch. And skip a rock or two. And take great pictures. Have a telephoto? There are nice picture taking spots down there. Take a photo of your mom standing on the lichen encrusted rocks...More
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Trip Report-Family trip to Duluth (4 Replies)
Day one-Arrived. Stayed at Residence Inn. This was not in Canal Park, but it worked out just fine. Cub Foods is next door and accessible by foot path if you get a suite with a kitchenette. It is also close to many dept. stores, a mall and chain restaurants. There were only two days that we actually parked within Canal Park itself, so it wasn't a big deal to not be in Canal Park. Stocked up on groceries and went to Enger Tower after supper. Nice grounds. Wear repellent if going at this time of...More
August 05, 2013|
Response fromgoodiowagirl|
Sounds like a nice trip! Was the timing during the Tall Ships festival or whatever its called?