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“Gorgeous setting full of history”

Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Paradise
Certificate of Excellence
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Zeeland, Michigan, United States
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Gorgeous setting full of history”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

The movie was informative. The artifacts at the museum from different wrecks were interesting to view. The keepers house was nice to walk through and the guide did a great job. The beach is stunning with beautiful stones for miles. The entire property is clean and well cared for.

Visited October 2013
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Milan, Michigan
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172 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Beautifully maintained keepers house and the best beach”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Whitefish Point Lighthouse is not your traditional round brick or block tower ... I learned that Lake Superior claimed the more picturesque version of this light in the early years. The less traditional replacement still has a charm to it and the keepers' quarters attached to it are impeccably maintained and in their original condition. We gained entrance to the home as part of the $13 entrance fee to the Shipwreck Museum on the same grounds. The guide on duty was great. He knew so much about the history of the lighthouse and the Whitefish Point area and was clearly connected to his work. The only thing we didn't do in the lighthouse was climb the tower. There is an additional fee to do so because it is an active lighthouse and regulations required that you be escorted on a tour to the top.

Definitely take time to enjoy the beach here, too. It is one of the nicest for rock hunting (or just quiet introspection) in the state. It seems every time I'm there it's so calm you could water ski Lake Superior. I do hope someday to witness the wicked side of Superior when I'm visiting!

I don't believe there's a fee to view the light from the outside and just enjoy a beach walk, but the rest of the site is very much worth it if you have the time and money to do it.

Visited October 2013
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Fayette, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“A Maritime treat”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

The history of Lake Superior was fascinating, especially about the Edmund Fitzgerald and other shipwrecks.

Visited September 2013
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Manton, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“So much History!”
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
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“lighthouse fans rejoice”
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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