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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

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Address: 2800 Omar St, at the East end of Garfield Street, Port Huron, MI 48060-2961
Phone Number:
+1 810-982-0891
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Fort Gratiot Light Station is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, 2nd...

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.


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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Pretty, quiet place

Been coming here for many years, love it every time. Not overcrowded and trashed like many other popular beaches. Always well maintained and usually quiet. You can even see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Addie N
Shelby Township, Michigan
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming here for many years, love it every time. Not overcrowded and trashed like many other popular beaches. Always well maintained and usually quiet. You can even see Canada. *Don't let anyone swim out too far as the current is EXTREMELY strong. Many people underestimate it and go too far from shore.*

Thank Addie N
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice stately lighthouse at the entrance to Lake Huron. It's tall and kept up nicely. Plenty of parking and nice grounds that are kept up well.

Thank Bernardo F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Worth the trip! Excellent view from the top. Historic place with informative tour. Close to the bridge over to Canada. Great place to go if you like lighthouses.

Thank elmobondy1
Ferndale, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We drove here from Ferndale so we could see the lake and have a lunch picnic.The weather was so lovely we sat near a playground however there where not bathrooms unlocked.

Thank William Tracy M
Clyde, Mi
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

So fun to be able to climb the lighthouse and look over the lake. It's a beautiful site and a must see if your in this area. The history of the place is really cool too. They are doing a great job keeping it up.

Thank Stephanie R
Trout Lake, Michigan
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Major lighthouse used for most of the era before ships depended on radar and global positioning. Marked the key site where the three upper Great Lakes empty into one and f the prettiest great rivers of the world, The St. Clair River. Next to the lighthouse is a lovely, lakeside park with swimming beach. Do not swim far enough out... More 

Thank SandyRShaw
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

This is a good tour for everyone to learn about Port Huron and its connection to the lakes surrounding it. There is a gift shop next to the lighthouse.

Thank Dave B
Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Not sure if I should put my rating in because I did not do the actual lighthouse tour on my visit here. We had someone in our group who had a leg injury, so we chose to take some photos, peek in the windows and check out the beach and park area and skip the stairs . I had not... More 

Thank julie e
Fargo, North Dakota
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Park at the little park/beach play area just down the beach (left if looking at the water from America). :) Take a stroll along the waters' edge to the lighthouse. Careful - the sand can get hot. But there is a little gate up to the lighthouse where there is also a water pump to wash the sand off your... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We had some time to spend so we stopped by the Fort Gratiot Light House for a look around. There was parking for maybe ten vehicles with barrier free parking nearer the lighthouse. It was recently renovated and in the process of some more. The history of the lighthouse was fascinating and the kids had fun exploring. The displays were... More 

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