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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

526 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9727
+1 231-436-4100
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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.
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526 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9727
+1 231-436-4100
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Traveled to Mack City for the Richard Crane semi show and tried to find a variety of things to do during the down time between walking the semi truck lined streets of St. Ignace and waiting for the truck parade after dark. This lighthouse was...More

Thank Erika C
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely lighthouse. Easily accessible, sitting areas, beach area, public restrooms and not a far walk from parking area. Pet friendly as well. A must see!

1  Thank kdj101
Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you want a great view and learn why the 3 lighthouses are spaced the way they are and the maritime history of the area, then this tour is for you. Just be sure to wear walking shoes to get up into the lighthouse, no...More

1  Thank Theresa F
Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you buy the Mackinac State Parks Pass, take an hour to check out this lighthouse. It's a small property with an incredible view. An interesting step back in time.

1  Thank roadtripX7
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Loved touring this lighthouse! Beautiful view from up in the tower. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyed seeing all the history and learning about this lighthouse. Beautiful house and so many interesting pieces to look at inside still. Loved the history.

Thank SamK2
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Doesn't get any easier to access a beautiful historic lighthouse in wonderful condition right at the base of another stunning structure - the Mackinac bridge. Stunning views.

Thank George H
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Because it was raining, we didn't get to the top of the lighthouse, but we enjoyed the exhibit. We especially appreciated the shipwreck part. Used the Mackinac Family Heritage Pass.

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Step into a piece of history and step back in time. Very nice restoration of the lighthouse and surrounding buildings. Located close to the straits, bridge, forts, shopping and restaurants so there's lots to see and do in the area.

1  Thank Steve E
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Lovely view, not too bad of a climb compared to most. Interesting exhibits and helpful staff. Enjoyed our visit.

Thank travelzoom2016
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Climb the 55 stairs to the top for an incredible view of the Mackinaw Bridge. Nice narrative of the Great Lakes maritime history. Visit the waterfront rocky shore right behind the lighthouse for another great view of the bridge.

Thank Stendel
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24 June 2016|
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Response from Marie C | Reviewed this property |
The lighthouse tour with the tour guide is 10 minutes. I agree with other reviewers that it takes about an hour to see the rest of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and the Shipwreck Museum. The video in the room across from... More
5 February 2015|
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Response from sdd50 | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer that and was going to suggest visiting the website, but I see someone else has provided that information.