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“What a neat place!”

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Northport
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 10, 2011

We were staying in Traverse City for a conference and the drive to the lighthouse was a little over 45 minutes with LOTS to see on the way! We didn't get to the park in time to get into the light house unfortunatly. However, the view of the lake and bay area is stunning. There are lots of different lake rocks to look over and collect and there's plenty of room for the kids to run. There is also at least one pay-per-use telescope that provices awesome views of the lake and passing boats. Well worth the drive!

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Reviewed July 24, 2011

Visiting the Grand Traverse Lighthouse/Museum provides a unique experience in the life and history of the lighthouse keeper. It is excellently preserved with furnishings of the times, as well as exhibits about the history of the various keepers, their families, and daily lives. On display is the impressive Fresnel Lens along with an informative video of its workings. Visitors can climb the tower (not nearly as tall as many others) and enjoy a lovely view. The restored fog signal station, wonderful grounds to walk, and nearby gift shop, make for a truly worthwhile experience. The setting is unique as either approach via M-22 offer even more sites. Along the western side is Leland and the historic “fish town” while the eastern approach has Sutton’s Bay with its quaint shops and cozy eateries. Yes, there is a Recreation Pass required to enter all state parks, however we purchased an annual non-resident for $29.00 and used it for the entire week (camping in the state parks and visiting other Michigan lighthouses) to make it worthwhile. It is still a great value.

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Reviewed June 30, 2008

This is one of our favorite spots in Northwestern Michigan and a great end to the beautiful Leelenau Peninsula.

In addition to the fully restored lighthouse, which contains a museum with excellent exhibits, there is a fully restored fog signal station. The tower, itself, is not very tall but it still provides an excellent view of Lake Michigan and it is always fun to climb up the stairs and ladder.

Our only small complaint with this lighthouse is that you get charged once for entering the state park ($6/vehicle for residents, $8/vehicle for nonresidents) and then charged again ($4/person) to enter the lighthouse. However, the lighthouse museum is excellent and worth the admission fee. You can also wander down to the beach and walk along the lake.

The Leelenau Peninsula is a beautiful place. Just keep following M-22 and you will see many beautiful things. Besides the lighthouse, there are many wineries in which you can taste wine. Also, not to be missed is the historic "fishtown" of Leland with many small shops. Boats leave from Leland to North and South Maintou Islands where you can camp and hike.

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Reviewed June 23, 2017
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