Finding fantastic vacation destinations on the map begins with highlighting those locations that combine the very best of traveler interests, entertainment, and passion. When you’re looking for a destination that allows for ample time in the great outdoors while still offering up a place to make the most of shopping, dining, arts, and culture in equal measure, there’s no place better to be than Traverse City, Michigan. This inviting city sits on the edge of the water and has long been a place that visitors enjoy for time on the waves, afternoons adventuring on the trails, making the most of shops and encountering the best of flavor and history. When you’ve come this way and you carry with you a passion for the past, a stop at Old Mission Point Lighthouse is an absolute must on the itinerary.
Maritime Tradition Preserved
The Old Mission Point Lighthouse is a wonderful piece of Traverse City’s historical story and can be found at 20500 Center Road on the very end of Old Mission Point. Situated just 17 miles north of the city center, Mission Point Lighthouse is easily accessible and fits in well to the plans when you’re already out and about exploring the best the area has to offer. Today, Mission Point Lighthouse is settled among a variety of inviting vineyards, but it’s roots of origin date back to 1870. While this lighthouse is no longer functioning as a maritime guide, it did successfully guide vessels through West Grand Traverse Bay between 1870 and 1933. Visitors to Mission Point Lighthouse today are offered a unique glimpse into what maritime culture was at the turn of the century as well as what it meant to be a lighthouse keeper during this era.
Planning a Visit to the Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse
While the park, trails, and beach that host the Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse are open year-round until 10:00 pm daily, self-guided tours of the lighthouse are only available May through October 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and weekends in November between noon and 4:00 pm. Visits to the lighthouse for children ages 5 and under are free while those looking to experience the second floor of the museum or climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse will be asked to pay a minimal fee of $2 for children ages 6-12 and $4 per adult. At the top, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding terrain and bay. This is definitely a stop you’ll want to have your camera ready for!
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