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“Amazing view”

McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site
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Owner description: Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008, which reopened McGulpin to the public with a gala celebration on May 30, 2009. The site is approximately 10 acres and is a half mile north of the Headlands. It includes 336 feet of shoreline on the Straits with a commanding view of the Mackinac Bridge. Trail to the Straits includes new interpretive signage coming in Summer 2015! Beautifully maintained grounds and interior. There is always something new at McGulpin Point!
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing view”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was a fun place to go to. They work off of donations, so you pay what you feel like, and you don't need a lot of time there. But it is set up well, and the volunteers are very friendly. One of the things that I liked is that when you climb the tower, you can actually go outside, which really helps for pictures. Wonderful view of the lake and the bridge. After you tour the lighthouse, you can take a walk on a trail through the woods to the shoreline of Lake Michigan. This is a great little stop, and shouldn't be missed.

Visited August 2014
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Toledo, Ohio
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“Great view of the bridge....”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

A path leads you down to the water, and you'll have a great view of the bridge if you want to take some nice pictures.

Visited September 2013
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Bay City, Michigan
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“cool lighthouse”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

44 steps to the top. nice view! we were there for 45 mins. nice gift shop. YOu can walk around the property. small parking.

Visited August 2014
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Fenton, Michigan
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lighthouse climb.”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful Lighthouse and park area!! I am a lighthouse fanatic and I am trying to view as many as I can in Michigan!!

Visited August 2014
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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226 reviews
81 attraction reviews
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“Beautifully restored lighthouse”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Admission is by donation. Once decommissioned, this lighthouse became a private residence with a small addition. Emmitt county has done a wonderful job restoring it and opening it to the public. The climb to the top of the lighthouse is fairly easy with a wide spiral staircase and it also has a balcony at the top. It is full of antique furniture that represents the era of the last light house keeper with history of his family. There is a short video on some of the shipwrecks of the Straits of Mackinaw. You can walk down to the beach from the parking lot and they have a small gift shop to help support the lighthouse. Staff was very informative and helpful!

Visited July 2014
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