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“Beautiful”

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
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$24.00*
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Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
West Point, New York
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Lovely lighthouse tour, home restoration, and gift shop area. The view from the top of the lighthouse is unmatched. Just make sure you wear good sturdy shoes!

Visited July 2013
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Woodruff, South Carolina
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56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Beautiful lighthouse and grounds”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Great spot for a picnic overlooking the Mackinac Bridge. Climb the lighthouse and tour the historical exhibits. Very nice!

Visited August 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great history, beautiful views, and tight quarters”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is a must-visit. The building is wonderfully preserved and the staff is very knowledgable. The movie can be a little much for smaller kids (lots of details about the ships that sunk), but interesting for older kids and adults. The gift shop has some interesting items for sale, unlike the rest of Mackinac City which is VERY touristy.

The tour is great, but the spiral staircase is tight and one spot can be tough for taller people (had to sit on a stair and duck under a platform above). There's also a roughly 10-foot tall ladder to get to the top that a few people declined. Shouldn't be a problem for most, but may be a challenge for those who don't like tight spaces or heights. Unlike other lighthouses, you can't go outside at the top, but it's still very enjoyable. Highly recommend!

Visited July 2013
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great photo opportunity”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

It was right in front of the beach with the Mackinac bridge in the background. Great place to snap a few pictures.

Visited July 2013
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Marshall
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun for families with older kids”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The lighthouse was fun to explore, and the beach and bridge view was awesome, but beware of taking younger kids. Mine were both scared to go up the stairs and were too little go to up the ladder to the top of the lighthouse.

Visited July 2013
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