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“An awesome sight!”

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
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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.
Clarksville, Tennessee
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916 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 744 helpful votes
“An awesome sight!”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

How amazing! We stayed at the Lighthouse Inn Motel (also excellent - see my hotel review) and it was across the road. We took many wonderful pictures. My husband is a professional photographer and was delighted with the views. The next day as we traveled back to our motel we went back to the lighthouse because we noticed that there was another aspect, another view to photograph. How photographic it was! We loved it! We highly recommend stopping there! Won't be disappointed! No charge! How good is that?

Visited September 2013
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Lapeer, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice lighthouse/park”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This lighthouse is a nice stop when in Mackinaw City, it's close to the bridge and Fort. I've been going to Mackinaw for years and have to say the view of the lighthouse just doesn't look right with the white picket fence around it, it really takes away from the beauty. Nice large parking and paved walkways around the lighthouse itself but not down to the waters edge. Never done the lighthouse tour myself, but took a historical trolley tour (picked up at the front of our hotel, Best Western Dockside) and ended up here with the driver giving out a good amount of info on it. We were here with family (two other adults/no kids/no teens) but that wasn't an option on this page so I listed it under couples. The tour might be difficult with young children, but have no experience so I'm just guessing.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“THe lighthouse was a very neat place to see.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I liked it because I never realized how big the lighthouse actually was. I did not realize that families had lived in the light house. The tour guide was very informative

Visited August 2013
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Livonia, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“If You Want Night Shots, GO HERE!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Plenty of parking, and a few great angles for those looking for a lighthouse/bridge photograph for their collection. Also, the lot is open at night making it easy to pull in and walk down to the beach for night time exposures.

Visited September 2013
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Ithaca, NY
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“a good stop”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

It is a good stop if you have extra time. Otherwise, not much to see and an hour should be enough. The park would be good in a nice day.

Visited August 2013
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