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20500 Center Road

Price & Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (everyday from May to October), 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday through Sunday in November)


Museums, Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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Visit this 19th-century lighthouse for a taste of history and a little bit of rest and relaxation. The Mission Point Lighthouse enjoys a scenic location on the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, sitting at the water's edge and backed by rows of lush trees. The lighthouse was originally built in the late 1800s after a ship crashed into a coral reef and sank before it could reach the shore. Its good looks and scenic location have been a draw for years, even when keepers still lived there, and the site has been outfitted to accommodate visitor foot traffic with a fence separating the beach from the lighthouse and a pathway to access the water. Today, the site is listed on the National and State Historic Register and visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour and climb to the top for spectacular views of Grand Traverse Bay. Steps away, visitors can also access a small beach with calm waters, as well as hiking trails that lead to woodlands and additional views of the lake. 

Recent visitors described the Mission Point Lighthouse as "cute" and the surrounding scenery – including the beach and corresponding views of the lake – as "absolutely beautiful." Others remarked that the drive to get there is pretty spectacular too; on your way up, you'll pass by wineries, estates and more. Travelers did note that the small area can get pretty crowded and that if the tide is high, there isn't much room on the beach for anything other than dipping your toes in the water. Those who ventured inside the lighthouse were fascinated with the information about its history and did note that if you want to climb to the top, you'll have to pay a modest fee. 

The Mission Point Lighthouse is open seasonally from May to November. From May to October, it's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and in November it welcomes visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. There is no admission fee to enter the park or the first floor of the lighthouse, but if you want to venture to the second floor and the top of the lighthouse, you'll have to pay $5 for adults 13 years of age and older and $2 for kids ages 6 to 12; children 5 and younger enter for free. You'll find the Mission Point Lighthouse on the northernmost point of Old Mission Peninsula, a little more than 19 miles north of Traverse City. For more information on the Mission Point Lighthouse, visit its website.


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