1860 Light Station
1860 Light Station
4.5
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The visit to 1860 Light Station was a very enjoyable stop during my week-day trip to Port Washington. First I drove up the hill from downtown to the light station but I did not find any designated visitor parking spots near the light station, so I drove back down and parked on the street at the bottom of the wooden stairs, and ascended the stairs. Nice views of the surroundings, Lake Michigan, and Port Washington downtown from the stairs. The light station was closed (being open Fri, Sat, & Sun), but I walked around the light station and enjoyed reading about the history of the light station. The outdoor displays are quite informative. The light station is very well maintained, and makes for a scenic and memorable view.
Written October 13, 2021
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Jon H
Fort Myers, FL696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is a pretty light house on a hill in Port Washington and easily accessibleby car. There is signage nearby which describes the history of the lighthouse. It has been beautifully maintained/restored. There is also a small museum on the grounds. Unfortunately we were not able to tour the lighthouse or museum as they had not yet opened for the season.
Written May 24, 2022
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heidio588
La Valle, WI6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
My husdand and my self went to port Washington in april 2015 and light house station was not open yet. We were looking around out side taking pictures and a guy came out asked us how we were doing? Started to tell us some history about the light house he then let us in and gave us full tour even tho they were not open or ready for tours! It was are last day in port so we were very excited and happy that he gave us a tour on his own time and took us up all the way to the tower!! we donate money in the box! its a beatiful light house! The guy that runs it you can tell he loves what he does!! we could not wait to bring the kids back!
Written September 13, 2015
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nhigdon
Chicago, IL106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
This was a great place to learn about the town's lighthouse and some of the shipwrecks in the waters of Lake Michigan around it. The docent's were very nice, friendly and knowledgeable and did a good job of making the most of this small historic site. There is quite bit of very steep stair climbing so wear good shoes and if you are afraid of heights this may not be for you. If you like a view and are interested in maritime history on the great lakes this was well worth the $4 per adult price of admission. They do not let children under 6 go on the very top floor and it would not be a place for anyone with a handicap. The entire tour took about one and a half hours, but could be done in less time I think.
Written July 25, 2014
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Bill801
Port Washington, Wisconsin18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
The light house, part of the historic light station, sits atop St Mary's Hill overlooking Lake Michigan, downtown Port Washington and the Marina area. The Port Washington completed the beautiful restoration in 2002.

Explore the Light keepers living quarters - be entertained and charmed by knowledgeable docents, climb stair to the top of the light tower and soak in spectacular lake views all the way south to Milwaukee.

A small gift shop offers a nice collection of remembrances.

The grounds include and an outer building filled with maritime artifacts - some recovered from ships that sank of the area shores. A kiosk ,telling the history of the light station, stands near the southwest edge of the site.

There is a minimal charge for touring the lighthouse. Before visiting, check for days and hours that it will be open.
Written December 17, 2013
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Jackie O
Port Washington, WI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
The 1860 lighthouse is staffed by volunteers and managed by the Port Washington Historical Society. Guided tours are given of the restored keeper's quarters. The building is furnished to reflect the time period between 1860 and 1923. Visitors are able to make the climb to the top of the lantern room and see a replica fourth order Fresnel lens. There are three sets of ladder stairs to the top. The building is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from mid may through mid October. The building is located on a bluff overlooking the city. It marked the community of Port Washington for mariners traveling the waters of Lake Michigan while the pierhead light at the end of the breakwater marked the entrance to the harbor. On clear days one can see downtown Milwaukee, Cudahy and the Oak Creek power plant. For the admission price visitors can also go through a small maritime museum on the grounds. Tours for groups can be arranged by contacting the light station or the Port Washington Historical Society.
Written November 25, 2013
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Randy R
Libertyville, IL60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Good history, lots of steps. Neat place. It's a bit of a walk to get there and involves going up 85 steps if you're coming from the downtown, but it's worth it.
Written July 23, 2020
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Batmom7
Spring Hill, FL728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This was our first lighthouse tour in Wisconsin, and we found it very interesting. It offers a good history, and the rooms bring it to life. The guides were very nice. We enjoyed the climb to the top and the views. The stairs were steep, and I wasn’t sure if I would give it a try. It was easier than some lighthouses, so look at at the steps before you decide.The amount they charge is well worth it, as it helps restore and preserve the history.
Written June 5, 2019
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Diana W
Stickney, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
My fiancé and I visited this place last weekend and it was wonderful. I was closed for the season but plenty to see outside. It has very detailed signs of everything outside. Very well maintained attraction. Even took the dog for a walk there.
Written February 21, 2017
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Eric H
Madison, WI15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
One should not go to Port Washington and skip the lighthouse. It is an interesting old building with great views of the city and lake. The tour guides are knowledgable and entertaining. Strongly recommend!
Written August 13, 2015
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