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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
+1 810-982-0891
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Worthwhile tour but work in progress

The first stop is to the visitor center where you purchase admission and sign the guest log. Plus... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
millburymom
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Millbury, OH
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Nice place to visit

Lighthouse was closed for tours when we went (only open on weekends). Grounds were nice and we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nettiesun
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Davison, Michigan
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The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd oldest on the Great Lakes. The current tower was erected in 1829 and has helped guide mariners and ships for over 187 years between Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Deeded to St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Commission in 2011, this 5 acre campus has already seen restoration of several of the seven buildings on site, with more improvements planned every year. The Port Huron Museum operates the activities at the site. Various programs include "Overnight at the Light, where groups of 20 - 40 people can spend the night in the remodeled, 1872 Duplex. A beautiful gift shop, guided tours for only $7.00, spacious grounds, programming and exhibits go on throughout the season (May - December). Also available for special events: weddings , reunions, parties and professional & social events. OPEN: Now through November 13,2016: Sat./Sun. only, 11 am - 5 pm November 19 - December 18, 2016: Sat. 11 am - 8 pm for Candlelight Tours;Sundays 11 am - 5 pm December 27-29, 2016 11 am - 5 pm December 30: CLOSED UNTIL MAY 4, 2017, except for special events and Overnights. Looking forward to welcoming you!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first stop is to the visitor center where you purchase admission and sign the guest log. Plus it is a nice gift shop. Mary was a delightful docent on a cold wintry Port Huron day. The "hospital" is a work in progress as is...More

Thank millburymom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lighthouse was closed for tours when we went (only open on weekends). Grounds were nice and we were able to walk around without an issues.

Thank nettiesun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lighthouse is located at historic Fort Gratiot which is open to the public. A small fee will give you a guided tour and a climb up the lighthouse steps. As far as lighthouse climbs go, this one is not too strenuous. I loved the...More

Thank thesuburbangirl
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

History near the water, beautiful beaches and many informative stops offering informational reads. Absolutely beautiful!

Thank simonsays85
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Tour guide was knowledgeable. Loved watching the ship come in from the top of the lighthouse. Wear comfortable shoes, the stairs are killer.

Thank 46stick
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The grounds of the lighthouse are near a sandy beach and used for weddings and special occasions that can affect whether the light keeper quarters are open to view. The former Fort Gratiot hospital building is being renovated after being used as two homes then...More

1  Thank carol23k
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Always love to get a snapshot of a lighthouse. This is just down the road from Port Huron. Nice walk on sidewalks to the lighthouse, where many informative boards tell the story of the lighthouse. Can walk right down to the beach on Port Huron...More

Thank sunlander
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This is a great lighthouse with knowledgeable staff. The tour includes the keepers quarters and a tower climb. Unlike many towers that allow you in the lantern room this one does not but it DOES allow you outside onto the parapet. I think this makes...More

Thank Eatbugs_from_MI
Reviewed 29 August 2017

What a wonderful tour we had, we had come the day before but couldn't do the tour due to the fact the wife wore sandals.(NOTE: you MUST wear closed toes shoes. Coast Guard regulations. Worth every bit of it. Our guide was so informative. The...More

1  Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We had a great tour and learned of Michigan's rich history. Can't wait for them to restore the rest of the site.

Thank pmdmuskegon
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Response from Deb4life | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but please make sure you have pooper scoop and poop bags, this helps. There are lots of tourists, but the locals like to keep the area very clean.
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