January 15, 2007
Our first stop in Mackinaw City before checking into the hotel was the the Old Mackinac Point Light House located just east of the Mackinaw Bridge. The light house was in operation from 1892 to 1957 when the bridge was built. There are several buildings on the grounds, not all open to the public. There is a picnic area and beach front access. The area is perfect for gazing out to the straights, the bridge, and Mackinac island.
The light house is owned by the state of Michigan and is operated under the Mackinaw State Historic Parks system (1 of 4 in area). The parks offer a Family Heritage pass for $59 which allows families entrance to the parks for one year as well as a 15% discount in all the gift shops. The pass is a substantial savings if visiting several parks and can be purchased at any of the locations.
The light house showcases artifacts from the years of operation. It also gives you an opportunity to climb the actual light house. There are several flights of winding staircase and then you must climb a seven-foot ladder through a narrow portal to reach the beacon. Flip-flops and sandals not recommended. Those who are out of shape--Please be aware. Check out the web-site www.mackinacparks.com for more information.
From journal Summer Vacation