Scenic Traverse City Lighthouses to Explore this Summer
Did you know Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the United States? Since Michigan is bordered by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, the 124 lighthouses along its over 3,200 miles of shoreline have played an important part in guiding trade ships through the lakes and rivers and into harbors.
Due to its history as a major port and its location on Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is near many of these picturesque and historic lighthouses. And Summer is the perfect time of year to visit them and harken back to another era of maritime romance.
Mission Point Lighthouse – Traverse City
Located at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula in Lighthouse Park, the lighthouse was built in 1870 and is located near beaches, vineyards and wineries, picnic areas, and extensive hiking trails. Visitors can climb the tower and visit a small museum that recounts the history of the lighthouse and its female keeper, which is a rarity, Sarah Lane.
South Manitou Island Light – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Established in 1839, this 100-foot tower is now part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and has regular guided tours during the summer. Visitors are welcome to climb the circular staircase to the observation deck for a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.
Point Betsie Lighthouse – Frankfort
Built in 1858, the Point Betsie Lighthouse served as the southern entran
ce into the Straits of Mackinac. Its striking bright white tower with a black lantern is attached to the keeper’s house. Admissions to the lighthouse are $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse – Northport
Located at the end of the Leelanau Peninsula, this 1828 lighthouse has guided ships into the Manitou Passage of Lake Michigan for over 150 years. Its bright white and red color stands strikingly against the deep green forests and blue waters of Lake Michigan. The lighthouse is open daily from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Frankfort North Breakwater Light – Frankfort
Located on the outer end of the north breakwater, this lighthouse can be accessed by a concrete pier. Visitors can fish off the pier, run around the playground, or sit on one of the benches and savor the beautiful views of the sunset over Lake Michigan.
North Manitou Shoal Light – Leland
Located between North Manitou Island and the Leelanau Peninsula, this offshore lighthouse is locally known as “The Crib” due to its construction and structure. While the lighthouse is not open for tours, it can be viewed up close from the ferry that takes visitors from Leland to the Manitou Islands.
Experience the Best of Summer at Delamar Traverse City
As the newest addition to the Delamar family, Delamar Traverse City offers exquisite views of Grand Traverse Bay, and a waterfront Restaurant. Book your stay with us today and explore the historic lighthouses along Lake Michigan.