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“History that you don't see everyday”

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Two Harbors
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Owner description: This 2,075-acre area with more than 12 miles of hiking paths is the site of the well-known Split Rock Lighthouse.
Ely, Minnesota
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“History that you don't see everyday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

A must stop if you're driving on the North Shore. Stop here and then go to Gooseberry! You won't regret it.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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83 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Nice winter hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We had a nice winter hike here (not a snowshoe, due to lack of snow). It was a beautiful walk through the frozen but pretty campground and up to a high point with beautiful views of the lighthouse and the lake (and a great old stone fireplace). I would love to go back in the summer.

Visited February 2012
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Hastings, Minnesota
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“nice view of lighthouse”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

mosquitoes can be thick around sun down, great campsite locations on shoreline, plenty of walking trails in the park, deer sightings

Visited March 2011
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The 'Peg
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wow - simply beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

The weather was beautiful, the water was calm, the sky was clear and blue and then, there was the lighthouse.

As many a good Cap'n would weave his tale of yore, even after quoffing a yard or two of the finest ale - these edifices are pretty handy on a deeply dark night when ships pass...

Apart from the pesky stealth-mode wee flying and biting no-see ums, it was a glorious afternoon. We went with the tour-guide - a pleasantly gregarious chap who related the history of the site in a relatively engaging manner.

We also went down to the lake-shore itself via a series of decks and stairs and discovered the rocky beach whereupon I snapped a few pretty pics.

The lighthouse itself is relatively small from my experience, but nevertheless a worthwhile endeavour (lots of stairs of course). You can even give your camera to one of the helpful staff to take a photo of you and your companion from a really good vantage point - so that you can print it out once home, choose a lovely frame and give it to your Aunty Flo.

What a big lake! It was a beautiful afternoon.

Visited July 2011
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Merrillville, Indiana
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186 reviews
137 attraction reviews
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“Take a tour of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

I took the guided tour of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and was very impressed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the park and the area. The tour included information on the lighthouse, keeper's house, and Lake Superior. I toured all of them after the guided tour. Besides information on Split Rock, she gave information on where to see the best fall colors and other places to sightsee. There are many walking trails to explore in the park. The museum store is a good place to pick up souveniers and see a few exhibits. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is only 6 1/2 miles from Gooseberry Falls. I recommend visiting both parks on the same day.

Visited September 2011
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