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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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The grounds of the lighthouse are near a sandy beach and used for weddings and special occasions... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Saginaw, Michigan
Beauty of light in a busy seaport

Always love to get a snapshot of a lighthouse. This is just down the road from Port Huron. Nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
waco, tx
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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
2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
+1 810-982-0891
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank carol23k
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

On the Lake Huron Circle Tour....on the waterfront in the shadow of the Blue Water Bridge in downtown Port Huron. Very nicely maintained park. Interesting history chronicled on several historical markers. The views from the shore are gorgeous. The lighthouse itself is well preserved. The...More

Thank applegirl57
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The entire lighthouse area was very nice. The gift shop was well stocked with various items at reasonable prices and the staff was very friendly. We did not take the tour, but a very nice park to get out, stretch the legs and take some...More

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Wanted to visit the lighthouse between meetings. It was close and very nice. Adjacent park and beach was also clean and nice. You can darn near walk from town. Nice place to walk and explore history. I enjoyed the views of Lake Huron, you can...More

1  Thank Greg D
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Seen this lighthouse many times. Love this area! The lighthouse, Blue Water bridge and beach make for beautiful photos. Very clean. I was in Port Huron for my grandsons baseball tournament. Couldn't leave without seeing it one more time and to get my booked stamped....More

Thank GerMare B
Susan B, General Manager at Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Dear GerMare B, Thanks for the great review and your enthusiasm for our Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park. We have a wonderful staff there and Mike is one of the best. On your next visit, be sure to get your Lighthouse Passport stamped at...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

The lighthouse was awesome in my kids have a great time playing at the beach and swimming even though the current strong they had fun

Thank John L
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Lucia D
12 June 2016|
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.