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“So much History!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Paradise
Certificate of Excellence
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Manton, Michigan
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183 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“So much History!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Walked the beach - lots of beautiful rocks - very windy and waves were crashing - the grounds were nicely kept - Free to walk the grounds and beach and the store with lots of merchandise - wish there were more Michigan Made items - Cost is $10 to go thru all the buildings - a little pricy for retirees - no senior discount! - we paid and it was interesting to see the shipwreck museum - had many different displays of the ships and artifacts, lighthouse keeper quarters, coast guard station, a small theater with a video of the Edmund Fitzgerald story, etc. Saw one bird at the bird observation platform - but didn't stay too long there. Overall worth the beautiful drive to get there!

Visited October 2013
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“lighthouse fans rejoice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

this is a fun stop for fans of lighthouses as you can enter and tour the lighthouse keeper's home and see what life was like for the family. you can see and experience more than most lighthouses.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautifully maintained.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

It is a treat to tour Michigan lighthouses, and this one is beautifully maintained. Friendly volunteer.

Visited October 2013
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“Great value and a lot to see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

At the Lighthouse area, you pay one price (I think it was $12 for adults). This gets you into the Shipwreck Museum where you can learn about the sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald and several other shipwrecks. You also can view a 15 minute film of the history of the Edmond Fitzgerald. There are a few other very interesting exhibits and a couple of gift shops too. You can view the water from a nice area. To walk up to the top of the Lighthouse is an additional $4. It's a very peaceful and beautifully set up group of attractions as well as a beautiful drive in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Visited September 2013
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“Visit a Real Working Lighthouse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

This is a real working lighthouse that you can tour.

One of the buildings even has a bed and breakfast to stay at.

The site is on sand dunes of gorgeous Lake Superior (Gitchi-Gumee). There are approximate 6 buildings, including indoor restrooms and a gift shop with very good fudge. One of the buildings was the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Lighthouse buildings has a small fee and the Shipwreck museum has another small fee.

Behind the buildings, there is a boardwalk that will take you on a gentle walking trip over native vegetation - lichens, mosses, sedems, among other growth. You can look out on the great Lake Superior and take some lovely photos.

There is a small staircase up to a raptor viewing area. Probably 20 stairs. They count raptors (hawks) in the spring.

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is across the parking lot from these buildings.

Parking lot is spacious. Staff is cordial and very knowledgeable. You will learn even if you do not want to.

Visited October 2013
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