This light shines for all of us.

No two lighthouses are the same, and exploring these classic beauties is an essential part of a Michigan adventure. Whether you wish to photograph them, climb to the top, or simply appreciate the beauty of the surrounding coastal scene, visiting a Michigan lighthouse is a treat for all ages.

You’ll find lighthouses inside Michigan state parks, others along secluded Michigan beaches, and still others in lively Michigan cities with harbor-town charm. But discovering the qualities of each lighthouse is among the most fun things to do in Michigan.

Imagine boarding a charter boat to reach the DeTour Reef Light in the middle of northern Lake Huron, or combining a tour of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse with a visit to its neighboring Maritime Museum. Another Lake Superior light, Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, invites visitors to stay overnight in one of the few surviving resident lighthouses in the country.

Still others, such as Tawas Point Lighthouse, give visitors a double-dose of Michigan adventure, as they’re tucked inside state parks. This light, part of Tawas State Park, offers spectacular sunrise views – and bird-watching – over Lake Huron.

Similarly, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse delights visitors with its square tower design, topped with battlements, views of the majestic Straits of Mackinac and surrounding beaches, and stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks. It’s these additional touches that make lighthouses some of the most fascinating places to visit in Michigan. Ready to find your favorite?


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