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“A 2 hour stop and look around”

Split Rock Lighthouse
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Two Harbors
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Owner description: Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting. Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.
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“A 2 hour stop and look around”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

We took about 2 hours walking the grounds and trails around the lighthouse, we included a guided walking tour with some history of the grounds and buildings. Afterwards, you are able to explore on your own and there are numerous trails throughout the area along the North Shore, and to and from nice vistas of the lighthouse on the coastline.

Visited August 2014
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New Lenox, Illinois
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“No Fog...beautiful vista”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

I stopped here on the way to Grand Portage...to add to my picture collection of lighthouse up the northern coast of Superior. Took a short tour (which I found very informational), walked up the light house and grounds. There is a small historical museum in the main building that documents historical info about the building and shipwrecks.

Visited August 2014
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Elmhurst, IL
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“One of the great lighthouses”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Besides being a beautiful lighthouse on its own, Split Rock is sited in an awesome location and is very well presented. All the major buildings are open including the lighthouse itself. You can climb into the tower where the lens is spinning (in a channel of mercury!)

A long stairway leads down to the shore for the iconic photographs. The attached museum has some nice information about the lighthouse and great lakes maritime history. Arguably the nicest lighthouse visit on the Great Lakes.

Visited July 2014
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“delightful afternoon”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

We started with the guided tour and it was excellent. Not too long, around twenty minutes, our guide gave us the history of the island and then we were free to explore. You can climb up the lighthouse and tour one of the light keepers homes. Fun, informative and beautiful!

Visited August 2014
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Wisconsin
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“Well-preserved and well-presented.”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Visited the "Historical Unit" only. That seems to be the norm unless you're planning to camp at the park. The grounds are very well kept and the whole experience is worthwhile. Started with the 15-minute film in the very nice theater. Film was very professional and very informative. We then did the self-guided tour, but found ourselves twice stopping to listen to one of the guides during a presentation. We didn't feel as though we were "mooching", though, as everyone pays the same modest fee up front, anyway. Scenery is fantastic and trails are well-maintained. This is a must-stop while along the North Shore.

Visited August 2014
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