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The tower

Awesome view from the tower! You can see the Mackinaw bridge from there. Walking the trail to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raechell L
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Fabulous self guided tour

Really enjoyed touring this lighthouse, there were some nice antiques. In the entrance area there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Emmet County owns the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which protected shipping on the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and rocks between 1869 and 1906. It was purchased by the county in 2008, which reopened McGulpin to the public with a...more
500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-8611
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome view from the tower! You can see the Mackinaw bridge from there. Walking the trail to the lake is also a must. This is a working lighthouse.

Thank Raechell L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed touring this lighthouse, there were some nice antiques. In the entrance area there is a gift shop and a small area with snacks. Warm friendly people to greet you

Thank P R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Docents were informative and friendly. We got to hear the fog horn sounded and the docent explained when and how often it would be used. We then climbed to the top of the tower to get an idea of what was involved in making sure...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The McGulpin Point Lighthouse is a must-see. From the outside, the lighthouse doesn’t look like much but on the inside it’s filled to the brim with history. They have each room setup with antiques from the time period the lighthouse was being used. They even...More

Thank Set_Apart
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice stop to make and doesn't take a lot of time. If you are interested in lighthouses, you want to visit. It also has information on the various shipwrecks in the great lakes history.

Thank Jean B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a tiny hole at the top of the lighthouse that allows you to go outside on the deck surrounding the light. The views are breathtaking! It's very hard to get outside the door, though. I had to crawl on my hands and knees. The...More

Thank 533jessykac
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse is filled with all the furnishings of the original period. It's filled with history! On the second floor is a looped 15 minute video detailing all the Great Lakes shipwrecks dating back to the 1800's. It's a chilling and somber video that leaves...More

1  Thank Jack_and_Terry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited before museum was open for the day but was able to walk the trail and read all of the informational markers. This was both an educational and beautiful stop. So peaceful and a fantastic view of the bridge. Highly recommend stopping here

Thank SemoChristy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of historic info and a chance to go inside. The lighthouse and the grounds are beautifully maintained. A trail takes you to the lakeside

Thank Sandi M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful small area - but crowded on a rainy Thursday afternoon in September. Didn’t walk around the grounds because it was so wet. Collected another stamp for my Lighthouse Passport book.

Thank Rboone58
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19 September 2017|
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Response from Veronica S | Reviewed this property |
Not the building, but the trails are and they are lovely.
Barbara L
13 May 2017|
Response from Christina H |
44 steps to the top.
9 September 2016|
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Response from Lisa-Hip | Reviewed this property |
They absolutely can!! Only requirement is an adult stay with them. They will have NO trouble getting out onto the deck at the top of the tower, that's for sure. Take some time to walk the trail down to the lake. That was an... More