- Mission Point Lighthouse is located on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. As of April 2020, admission fees (May-October, November weekends)– First floor of museum FREE, however, there is a small fee to see the 5th Order Fresnel lens, 2nd-floor museum and experience the stair climb to the tower with awesome beach views:$4 each – ages 13+, $2 each – ages 6-12, FREE for ages 5 and under (parking is always FREE)
HOURS: 10-5 daily, November weekends only (Fri-Sun) Noon-4. *All proceeds from admissions benefit the Mission Point Lighthouse and its preservation, restoration, and interpretation.NOTE: The lighthouse gift shop does not sell beverages or food, no dogs or strollers allowed inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse has NO indoor public toilet facilities, however, the park grounds have outdoor toilets. For up-to-date information visit the park’s website: www.missionpointlighthouse.com
Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
Visit the Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula and you will be standing on the 45th Parallel, which is halfway between the North Pole & the Equator. The adorable white lighthouse is tourable, however, one doesn’t need to visit the self-guided historical museum to enjoy the park and magnificent natural views of Lake Michigan. Visitors can walk the park trails or walk along the beach, however, as of April 2020 the high waters have taken away much of the sandy beach area (see images below for April 2020 beach pictures). When you are there, take a peek into the historic Hessler Log Cabin- see picture below. Take a picnic, bird watch, or simply relax in nature. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset!
The scenic drive out Old Mission Peninsula gives a sense of the mix of agriculture, beauty, and homes that make up our region- On a beautiful day, jump in the car, drive past Cherry Orchards, stop by a few wineries and head out Center Road (M-37)… At the North tip of the peninsula, about 17 miles out, you will find iconic The Mission Point Lighthouse and park. The lighthouse itself has been a symbol of Old Mission and Traverse City for decades- established in 1870.
Directions: Drive North on Center Road (M-37) up the Old Mission Peninsula about 17 miles- hit the end of the road to find a parking lot for the Mission Point Lighthouse and park. Click here for a map of the bike route up to Mission Point Lighthouse from Traverse City. See map below…