On the second day of our vacation, we visited the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. This is a fairly new addition to the historical parks, having been added in 2000. The lighthouse sat in disrepair for many years after it was decommissioned as a lighthouse.
In 1999, serious work started to restore the lighthouse, before it became too late to save the beautiful 1892 structure. Even now, 10 years later, there is work that needs to be done to save the brickwork of the tower.
The entrance is in the old fog signal building, which has been converted into a gift shop. Once admission is paid, you exit the building, and enter the lighthouse structure with a guide, who will show you around the rooms.
We were all tall enough to go up into the lighthouse tower, which is a bit of a hike up a winding staircase, followed by a ladder into the final light tower. The actual light is now hanging downstairs. The tower offers a magnificent view of the surrounding parks, the Mackinac Bridge, and the Straits of Mackinac.
Overall, it was a short tour, and not something that would take even an hour to complete, but we enjoyed being able to see the building, and hear some of the history none the less!
The lightouse is located on the shores of Lake Huron, in the Michilimackinac State Park. A short walk down a path winds up at the base of the Mackinac Bridge, at Fort Michilimackinac.