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Autumn Guide, October 2006

Day trips in Leelanau County

Photo by Rick Lahmann
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and South Fox Island, if you're up for climbing the 50-some steps to the top.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

by patrick nagy

The lighthouse, which is almost 150 years old, has been restored to look like a keepers's home from the 1920s and '30s. You can go up in the tower or learn about the history of the lighthouse. There are also the exhibits on other area lighthouses, shipwrecks and foghorns at the Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building.

"The view of Lake Michigan and South Fox Island makes climbing to the top of the tower, about 50 steps, worth the trip," said Stefanie Staley, executive director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum.

Visitors can also tour the keeper's residence, view displays by local school children and hear the fog horn blow at noon. More about Great Lakes history, lighthouses and shipwrecks can be gleaned by viewing a movie which is shown repeatedly at the on-site theater.

Special upcoming events at the lighthouse museum include the Haunted Lighthouse on October 21 and 22 (2006), and the arrival of Santa Claus on December 3, 2006. To learn more or for an updated schedule of events, visit grandtraverselighthouse.com.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is located nine miles north of Northport in the Leelanau State Park. The lighthouse is open to the public from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June through Labor Day.

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